On a recent Friday night we [2 couples/pre-theatre] tried Vernick for the first time. We should have gone sooner! This, in our estimation, should rank very close to the top in Philadelphia restaurants. We were warmly greeted by a very attractive young woman [later discovered to be the Chef/Owner's wife] who escorted us to a wonderful table on the first floor...back by the open kitchen. Our server Jay [ you can call me Ray] was extremely attentive and knowledgeable. Our cocktails came out quickly and were ample in size, quality, and not over priced. The menu offers both small& large plate selections. It is very easy to navigate between the two. Jay did not try to overload us with too many small plates. His suggestions were spot-on. We shared four small plates and each of us ordered a large plate, as well. The short ribs were to die for! Melt in your mouth tasty & tender. Two of us had steamed halibut in a clam broth with mushrooms. FABULOUS! We ordered wine by the glass & found the selection to be well thought out and fairly priced. We enjoyed our table & it's proximity to the kitchen. There was also a large rack of split hardwood stacked in the middle of the room for use in their wood burning oven. A very nice touch! Next time[and there will definitely be a next time] we will try to sit at the counter facing the controlled chaos in the kitchen. All in all...this is a very fine restaurant from start to finish. Philadelphia is fortunate to be the place this couple decided to hang their hats! We can't wait for our next trip to Vernick.
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