Thursday, July 31, 2014
Inquirer Daily News
Morgan's Pier
Address:
221 N. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia , PA 19106
215-279-7134
Neighborhood: Old City
Parking: Street parking only.
Handicap access: Wheelchair accessible.
Meals Served: Lunch Dinner
Style: Avram Hornik and ex-Stateside chef George Sabatino have elevated Delaware Avenue deck dining to a new level, with an innovative take on a "picnic" menu built from seasonal vegetables and scratch ingredients (from the American cheese to the water ice) to match the stunning bridge and river view, great craft beers and a serious DJ line-up. If mega-club crowds scare you, this pier may not be for you. But the fact Sabatino can serve this level of cooking to 1,000-plus diners a day is worth rounding-up the posse for a fun night out on the Delware.
Specialties: Crudo of the day (scallop or squid); root beer-brined peanuts; lobster buttered-corn; smoky chicken wings; cheese-kale croquettes; warm baby eggplant; Manila clams; all kinds of melons; white fish salad; BBQ chicken; vegetable board; steamed whole fish; funnel cake; water ice.
Alcohol: A standard range of plastic cup drinks (margarita, sangria, Bloody Mary) supplemented by worthy beer cocktails (shandy, Michelada, Watermelon Ricky), highlighting the focus here: good craft brew, both in cans and on 14 rotating drafts. On hot nights, try Shiner's grapefruit-infused Ruby Redbird.
Weekend noise: A reasonable 82 decibels early in the evening, but expect a mid-90s-plus party din once the music and crowds kick in. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)
Hours: Kitchen open Sunday, noon to 1 a.m.; Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; Friday, until 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.
Reservations: Recommended
Prices: $$$$