Audrey Taichman and chef-partner Kiong Banh have given their decade-old Rittenhouse resto-lounge a homey makeover, replacing the once-trendy Asian fusion fare and black-leather chic with a warmer yellow bistro look and a broader menu with lower prices and neighborhood appeal. This cheery and smartly redone corner space feels like the local hang it was meant to be.
Iceberg & blue salad; crispy calamari; pot stickers; Margherita pizza; crab cakes; mussels; shrimp cocktail; pork chop with peaches and Brussels sprouts; seared ahi with pineapple rice; beef sirloin noodles;half-baked Toll House cookie; cheesecake; cobbler.
The small-but-lively bar is still a 'tini depot for froufrou cocktails (try a cucumber lime caipiroska), but more craft beers (Allagash, Victory, Ballast Point) have also been added on draft, as well as wines by the glass that are both affordable and worthwhile, including a spicy Cline zin, a refreshing Ranga sauvignon, and a floral Pazo Serantellos albariño that pairs well with the food.
The warm new décor has only slightly softened the noise, at a boisterous 92 decibels. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)