Rittenhouse Hotel revamps tea room, opens bar

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.

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.