50 S. 16th St.
Two Liberty Place, 37th floor
Philadelphia , PA 19103
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square
Parking: Valet parking Thursday through Saturday at 16th Street entrance, $19.
Handicap access: Wheelchair accessible.
Related reviews: R2L
Cuisine type: American
Meals Served: Brunch - Sun. Lunch - Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. Dinner - Mon. thru Sun. Late Night - Fri., Sat., Sun.
Style: Expect a soaring city view from your perch at Daniel Stern's swank restaurant and lounge atop Liberty Two. The fine-dining experience, though, has been shaky in its opening months as the inventive New American menu, drawing partially on past hits from Rae and Gayle, has been inconsistent for the lofty prices. Service is especially frazzled, leading to major errors that should make everyone double-check the bill.
Specialties: Beet salad; asparagus salad; "bacon-wrapped scallop" pot stickers; striped bass "fish and chips"; cocktail Reubens; rabbit tacquitos; salmon with barley; spring "surf and turf"; veal; sorbet; white miso panna cotta; chocolate and chicory; apple pie.
Alcohol: A substantial and smart selection of 180 international bottles, all of which (except the sparklings) can be decanted by the half bottle. However, there are hardly any good choices at $50 or less, and the already steep triple markups rise egregiously for half bottles. The bar also serves deft upgrades to classic cocktails, a few worthy craft beers, and a comprehensive list of whiskeys and after-dinner drinks.
Weekend noise: A roaring 88-plus-decibel din and long tables at half-moon booths add up to ear-pinching conversations. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)
Hours: Lunch Monday-Friday, 11:30am - 2pm Brunch Sunday, 11am - 2pm Dinner Monday-Thursday, 5pm - 10pm Friday & Saturday, 5pm - 11pm Sunday, 4pm - 9pm