Very Interesting Place. This is a must go when in Philly or even when out of Philly. Bring yourself, your friends or your enemies. This is the old bookstore space on Walnut St. across from Wanamaker house condo. Bilevel space with a nice from bar area and open windows and outdoor seating. The lower back dining room has a food bar in the kitchen...literally you are close to the ovens and action and you will feel it on poorly constructed uncomfortable wood barstools...that costs a star. The upstairs dining area is is pleasant and warm inviting with opened balconied windows but when it fills up you can barely hear a thing it is over 90 db. The server we had Amber was lovely and extremely patient and knowledgeable about the menu. The FOH was disorganized but worked things out but has some kinks in the armor. The food is very good. This guy can cook and he opened many of the Jean George restaurants around the globe. The menu is separated into "On Toast", " Raw", " Small plates", "large plates", " simply roasted in our wood fire oven" , and "vegetables". We were excited to see two amuse bouche were sent to us; a very tasty cucumber & melon soup as well as a really nice skuna bay salmon tartare. The on toast was the best piece of toast I have had in a while with beef tartare and horseradish and an amazing Maryland crab with a tad too much aioli, the morels looked great as well. The Raw were 6 of the best wellfleet oysters I have had in a while. (Nod to Union Trust Still) The other dishes we tried were the Halibut with lemon, mushroom and asparagus and the 28 once steak dry aged from Pat Lafrieda roasted in oven had amazing flavor depth with charred lettuce and lemon. I passed on the Roasted $ 45 Amish chicken but I am curious what makes a chicken worth that amount of money? we also tied the crispy potatoes with shishito peppers ..yummy and the greens sautéed they were mustard greens and spinach and another green i forgot to ask about but great flavor profiles. I should also mention our wait at the bar was very cool. I can not recall our bartenders name , latifa ?but she was awesome. Professional not too chatty and exceptional drinks were served. the wines by the glass are lean by design as they have very few sparkling or oaky chards by the glass and not many italian wines which is interesting given Mr. Vernick's globetrotting. But I love that the bartender
asked me if I preferred my Martini shaken or stirred? I am no James bond but shaken always. A little caviar next time on the menu and it would be prefect. We skipped dessert but they had a few that were tempting. We will definitely be regulars as everyone made us feel special and at home. If not for the FOH problems and horribly hot downstairs seating and extreme noise upstairs I would give 5 Stars.