600 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia , PA 19130
Art Museum - Fairmount
Valet is $12. On-street is available.
Cuisine type: Seafood
Dinner - Mon. thru Sun.
Philly's fish-house tradition goes East Coastal on North Broad Street, where Stephen Starr borrows inspirations from Maine to Maryland for his latest attempt at a seafood project. The casual, beach-evocative space and a few solid menu specialties (raw bar, lobster) make this restaurant promising. But the wood-fired kitchen still needs considerable fine-tuning on many entrées, and perhaps more of a hometown flair to give Route 6 a real sense of place.
Raw bar - oysters (Beau Soleil; Pemaquids; Wellfleet; Kusshi) - and littleneck clams; cracked crab Louie; shrimp cocktail; crab deviled eggs; fried Ipswich clams; smoked bluefish dip; fried oysters; chicken-fried lobster tails; clam chowder; Caesar salad; crab cake; lobster roll "dressed"; steamed lobster; apple pie; coconut cream pie.
A small but approachable list of affordable, seafood-friendly wines (try the Decibel sauvignon blanc from New Zealand, or the Muscadet from Domaine de la Pépière - especially with oysters.) There is also a nice list of East Coast craft ales (try the Pretty Things Jack D'Or saison), as well as fresh-juice twists on classic cocktails.
Inner dining room can hit a noisy 92 decibels, while the outer room hovers in the slightly quieter mid-80s. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)
Hours: Dinner Monday through Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, until 11 p.m.; Sunday, 4-10 p.m.