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Archive: November, 2009

POSTED: Monday, November 30, 2009, 3:13 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk

R2L — Daniel Stern’s contemporary American restaurant on the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place (50 S. 16th St., 215-564-5337)  — opens Jan. 21, during Restaurant Week.
But for you ... here's a sneak peek at what will be the highest public restaurant* in the city.

Among the features:

Fourteen sumptuous banquettes with window seats for spectacular but not vertigo-inducing south and west views.

POSTED: Monday, November 30, 2009, 11:58 AM
Filed Under: TableTalk
Starr's new spot at 2013 Chestnut St.

Last month, when Stephen Starr signed a lease for the former Midtown IV diner at 2013 Chestnut St., he indicated that a Mexican concept was one contender.

It's no secret that he's searching for a "Latin chef."

He confirms that "Mexico City" is the spot's working name and that tacos al pastor -- the south-of-the-border interpretation of Middle Eastern shawarma -- will be the specialty.

POSTED: Monday, November 30, 2009, 7:43 AM

Restaurateur Stephen Starr, 55, and January Bartle, 33, Bucks County-raised owner of the Old City boutique Third Street Habit, were married by Mayor Nutter on Sunday on the staircase of the Philadelphia Art Alliance on Rittenhouse Square.

The reception for about 100 people was across the street at Barclay Prime. Cocktail hour featured a vodka-caviar bar and a chilled seafood display weighed down with oysters, crab claws, and shrimp.

Sit-down dinner by chefs Jim LoCascio and Chris Painter started with an amuse of tuna with preserved lemon and fennel and yellowtail with pistachios and extra-virgin olive oil, followed by a light pickle of wild mushrooms served with mixed baby lettuces and herb-vinegar emulsion; and followed by poached lobster served with tagliatelle, Russian caviar and fresh basil. Guests chose three entrees: dry-aged ribeye with Swiss chard and mascarpone gratin; Jamison Farm saddle of lamb with truffle boulangere and baby artichoke salad; or olive-oil poached turbot with baby leeks, smoky potato butter and puree of parsley.

POSTED: Monday, November 30, 2009, 5:00 AM
Detail from the sign.

Tunisian-born Ramzi Boughanmi says Lafayette Bistro will open Thursday (12/3) at the northwest corner of Fifth Street and Fairmount Avenue, on the edge of Northern Liberties.

Lafayette, a BYOB, will serve grilled Greek-style seafood, Italian fare, and North African cuisine; it'll be open for dinner with entrees priced $15 to $25.

POSTED: Sunday, November 29, 2009, 2:24 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk

The Inquirer's Rick Nichols weighs in today on Percy Street, the new BBQ spot at Ninth and South Streets.

In its first week, brisket has been the No. 1 seller – more than 100 briskets, which equals about 500 pounds. 

Top-selling side was mac and cheese – 400 orders in Week #1.

POSTED: Saturday, November 28, 2009, 11:45 PM

That's 4 for 5.

Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb announced on his blog that wife Raquel delivered their fourth child, son Devin James, on Nov. 20.

Now this is a handful.

POSTED: Saturday, November 28, 2009, 12:45 PM

Prince Albert of Monaco and the rest of the Kelly family turned out today at St. Bridget’s Church in East Falls for the funeral Mass of Elizabeth Kelly Le Vine, the woman everyone called “Aunt Lizzie.”

The youngest daughter of Philadelphia power broker John B. Kelly Sr. and sister of Grace Kelly died of cancer Tuesday at 76. “I had to share her with everybody,” said son Chris Le Vine, an investment banker. “She was just a giving person.”

Mrs. Le Vine and her husband, Don, were married at St. Bridget's in 1955.

POSTED: Saturday, November 28, 2009, 11:55 AM
Filed Under: TableTalk

You may still be stuffed from Thanksgiving, but if you're hankering for a feast, there's Sugo Sunday, a weekly series starting Nov. 29 at Modo Mio, Peter McAndrews' smashingly good Italian BYOB on Girard Avenue near Second Street on the northern edge of Northern Liberties.

Sugo means "sauce," and McAndrews will serve five courses of belly-filling southern Italian fare: antipasti, pastas, meats, salad and desserts, for $33 a head, plus tax and tip. Doors open at 3 p.m. and last seating is at 7 p.m. It's cash-only.

He's doing it every Sunday.

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