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“My new favorite--run, don't walk!”

Vernick Food & Drink
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Ranked #4 of 4,461 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $45 - $65
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 20th
Transit: Broad Street Line: Walnut-Locust station Market-Frankford Line: 15th Street station
Description: Located at 2031 Walnut Street in the Rittenhouse Square area of Philadelphia, Vernick Food & Drink is an inviting neighborhood bistro. Chef Gregory Vernick focuses on using extraordinary regional products to create a menu of approachable, globally-inspired dishes. The "Drink" side of Vernick Food & Drink features craft cocktails, as well as careful selection of domestic and imported wines and beers. Since opening, Vernick Food & Drink has earned accolades from Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, James Beard Foundation, StarChefs and more.
Reviewed August 12, 2012

I love to eat-- and this restaurant did not disappoint. Great wine list (all price points, and good wines by the glass) and interesting, fresh food. Most dishes appear to be seasonal- but if you get a chance, try the grilled romaine with figs, greens of the day (ours was kale, cabbage, and other greens), toast with corn and jalapeño, seafood roast (get extra bread-- which by itself was fabulous, but in the broth, was to die for) and the blueberry pie. Staff was great and attentive. It is not inexpensive--but such quality and creativity rarely is. This restaurant is James Beard worthy and is probably the best new restaurant Philly has had in years.

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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Vernick is the real deal. Located on Walnut, you enter into an cozy bar area, that was bustling the night we dined. After sitting at the bar for a few minutes and ordering expertly prepared cocktails, we were escorted to our table, directly across from the open kitchen. The spot was busy, but we never felt as if we were getting swept up in the action of the kitchen and it was nice to see the smooth efficiency with which chef Greg Vernick and his team work. Our meal started with a refreshing amuse bouche of a spicy raspberry soup. There are a number of bites "on toast" available, and they looked interesting. (The bread, not usually served but which we requested because we were so hungry, was excellent.) We tried the beet salad, which was certainly the best example of the dish I've had in years, and the grilled romaine that put the typical Cesare to shame. A small bite of an heirloom tomato with basil was a refreshing taste of summer between courses. The beef cheek and pork mains were both delicious, the former served in a bowl with crisp beans and celery and far lighter than I had anticipated. We were full but shared the small, gem-like carrot cake for desert which was a marvel; airy and moist, it was given added depth by the addition of dried (almost burnt) carrot cake crumbs on top. Vernick offers great value for the money -- high quality food and drink and very reasonable prices. Our server seemed big young, but she was enthusiastic and well-versed in the menu. We just wish Vernick Food and Drink were in Boston so we could count ourselves as regulars!

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Reviewed July 7, 2012

Vernick Food and Drink is a very welcome addition to the Rittenhouse Square dining scene.

American comfort food with global flavor profiles; the food is served small plates/family style with lots of vegetarian options. From the different varieties of crostini to the raw fish, vegetable sides and larger plates - nothing we ate disappointed. Desserts were spectacular including a chocolate banana parfait, an olive oil cake and a fantastic blueberry pie with vanilla gelato.

Space is casual comfortable with 2 levels and 3 eating areas: the bar (great cocktails & thoughtful wine list), the back area near the kitchen (sit at the counter if you're dining alone) and the second floor main dining area.

Service is delightful from top to bottom. We never felt rushed or pushed by 'upselling' of menu items. Vernick's delivers service with a truly sincere smile.

Highly recommended.

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