Crow & the PitcherAddress:
267 S. 19th St.
Philadelphia , PA 19103
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square
Parking: Street parking only.
Handicap access: Not wheelchair accessible.
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Cuisine type: American
Meals Served: Brunch Dinner
Style: After 15 years as one of South Jersey's better fine-dining chefs, co-owner Alex Capasso has returned to Center City with a casual restaurant-bar hybrid for this slender, bi-level space just south of Rittenhouse Square. The focus on creative craft cocktails and wines by the glass should appeal to neighborhood bar grazers, bolstered by a flexible scratch menu strong on cheese and small plates (bar snacks, charcuterie, mussels) as well as some quality entrees. Oversalting can be a problem. But the revival of Le Bec-Fin's glorious cheese cart is a good enough reason on its own to come.
Specialties: White bean dip; deviled eggs; roasted cauliflower; asparagus with poached egg and truffles; fried artichokes; stuffed morels; mussels; charcuterie; sweetbreads; tilefish; chicken confit; cheeseburger with bone marrow; cheese cart.
Alcohol: A well-rounded list strongest with creative and well-crafted cocktails (try the Mr. Goby, Crow & the Tonic, or Single Column Tie). There's also a number of worthy craft beers (Anderson Valley, Evil Twin, Sixpoint, Funk), Basque cider, and a modest but well-chosen wine list that focuses on affordable but interesting wines by the glass, including a rosé vinho verde, a pair of summery rieslings (New York state and Washington), good Spanish values, and even some worthy sips from Lancaster's Bancroft.
Weekend noise: very noisy 93 decibels when room is full. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)
Hours: Dinner Tuesday through Sunday, 4:30 to 11 p.m. Brunch Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bar opens at 3 p.m.