Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Rittenhouse Hotel revamps tea room, opens bar

Library Bar opens off the lobby, and Mary Cassatt Tea Room is back.

Rittenhouse Hotel revamps tea room, opens bar

Library Bar at the Rittenhouse Hotel.
Library Bar at the Rittenhouse Hotel. PAUL BARTHOLOMEW / Rittenhouse Hotel

As part of a $10 million renovation, the Rittenhouse Hotel (210 W. Rittenhouse Square) today is unveiling two features off the lobby: a new Library Bar as well as renovations to the Mary Cassatt Tea Room.

Both were designed by Alexandra Champalimaud.

The 20-seat Library Bar, whose cocktail program is led by Pablo “Papi” Hurtado (ex-Savona, Amada, Restaurant Alba), is done up in dark paneling, herringbone-patterned stained oak floors and golden leather barstools and banquettes and an etched-glass map of old Philadelphia is displayed across the back bar.

The bar, open from 2 p.m. to midnight, has its own menu created by chef Jon Cichon from Lacroix at the Rittenhouse upstairs. Menu is here.

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Appetizers, salads and desserts start at $18, and he has put together sweet and savory pairings designed for one or two people. The Foie Gras Verrine, Black Truffle and Duck Rillette paired with Hennessy Paradis cognac is $115 for one, $225 for two to share. Ossetra Caviar, Fingerling Potato Chips and Crème Fraîche with Moët & Chandon, ‘Cuvée Dom Pérignon’, Brut, Epernay, 2000 is $95/$180.

A serious beverage list comes at serious prices: signature cocktails are $22 and $25, and a bottle of Dogfish Head Burton Baton is 13 bucks.

The Cassatt Tea Room, open 2 to 5 p.m. daily, offers tea service at $49 per person; under 10 is half-price. See tea menu here.
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