237 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia , PA 19103
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square
Parking: Valet parking
Handicap access: Yes.
Cuisine type: Steak House
Meals Served: Dinner - Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. Late Night - Fri., Sat.
Style: New Age carnivores looking for a sleeker, sexier steak house have long turned to the green leather couches and mod-library décor of this sophisticated Stephen Starr dining room for ultra-high-end beef, kobe sliders, inventive desserts and other items (like fish) that require more cooking skill than the usual chop house kitchen has to offer. A recent visit had all the ingredients – but none of finesse in seasoning or execution needed to deliver this food as it should be. The prices here are too much of a splurge for many off-nights like that.
Specialties: Oysters; kobe sliders; roasted beets; gnocchi with lamb sausage; ribeye (when properly cooked); Mishima Ranch ultra filet (when properly cooked); striped bass; butter-poached lobster; baby carrots; tater tots; milk chocolate bavarois; milk chocolate s’mores; peanut butter praline ganache.
Alcohol: The extensive list of quality bottles has an emphasis on New World reds. The triple-plus markups are excessive, making values under $70 hard to find, but the Lucky Country shiraz-cabernet from Australia is worthy at $42.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, until 11 p.m.