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JG Domestic

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JG Domestic is located on the ground floor of the Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)
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About the restaurant
2929 Arch Street
Cira Centre
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-222-2363
Rating:
Neighborhood: West Philadelphia Parking: Validated self-parking in Cira Centre lots, $12 for up to three hours.
Handicap access: Wheelchair accessible.
Hours: Lunch Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Dinner Monday through Saturday, 5-10 p.m. Bar menu Monday through Friday, 3-7 p.m.
Reservations: Recommended
Open Table
Payment methods:
American Express
MasterCard
Visa
Cuisine type: American
Meals Served: Lunch - Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. Dinner - Mon. thru Sun.
Style: bells (Excellent)Jose Garces has transformed the lobby restaurant of the Cira Centre into his ode to great American ingredients, using wood accents and greenery to warm the contemporary chill of the former Rae, and unleashing talented chef-de-cuisine David Conn on a menu that ranges from Oregon truffles to Lancaster pumpkins, with whole heirloom animals in between. The space is still oddly situated, and portion freaks may gripe, but the kitchen's command of great American flavors (without falling into cliches) is already impressive and bound to grow. Train station dining is rarely so good.
Specialties: Smoked pecans; potted duck; slim JG; crudite; Wagyu carpaccio; lobster cappuccino; truffled chanterelle flatbread; sugar pumpkin croquettes; baby beets; garden crosnes; "whole animal" (rabbit, lamb, or pheasant); adobo ribeye; Marvesta prawns; boar chop; Pekin duck; Jidori chicken; beignets with bourbon butterscotch; "Apple" parfait; maple souffle.
Alcohol: The all-American theme applies here, too. The small craft-brew selection trends regional (Victory, Sly Fox, Brooklyn's Sixpoint). The list of 70 wines hits great names (Unti, Shafer, Orin Swift) without too many cliches, though the bottle list (almost entirely over $60 for reds) is priced for the lawyers upstairs. A solid by-the-glass list (Girard sauvignon blanc, Gruet sparkling, Banshee pinot noir) offers affordable options. The house cocktails - especially the coffee-d bourbon Empire Builder - are worthwhile.
Weekend noise: A reasonable 78 decibels in the wide-open front rooms. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)

Jose Garces’ lobby restaurant in the Cira Centre, warmed from the contemporary chill of the former Rae by wood accents and greenery, is ode to great American ingredients, ranging from Oregon truffles to Lancaster pumpkins, with whole heirloom animals in between.

The space is still oddly situated, and portion freaks may gripe, but the bar makes excellent cocktails and the kitchen’s command of great American flavors (without falling into cliches) is already impressive and ever-changing.

Train-station dining is rarely so good.

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