According to the barrage of New Year's Eve-related emails that have landed in our inbox over the past couple of days (Open Bars! Lobster Thermidor! Weird stuff from the State Store!), it looks like it's about time to start making NYE plans.
Our buddies over at Cheu Noodle Bar (255 S. 10th St.) are rolling out a very special New Year's Eve menu for the 31st including plenty of schmancy stuff like lobster, foie, encapsulated oysters (!) and sparkling sake. The four courser is going for $75 a head and there are four seatings - 6, 7:30, 9 and 10:30 p.m. Cheu is promising a night of amazing food, music and awesome drinks and we're going to agree that this is definitely going to be one of the more exciting NYE prix fixes happening this year. Seating is reservation only so give 'em a call at 215-287-2533 to reserve your spot. Here's a peek at the menu:
We generally like to keep things on the up and up here at Meal Ticket but this is too good. Over at Foobooz Victor Fiorillo got his hands on this truly shameless pitch from a local PR person. Basically said PR person (we're not naming names) is asking for a restaurant to host her and her family for Christmas eve dinner in exchange for, well, PR? What kind of PR you ask? Basically a handful of Facebook and Instagram posts plus a shoutout in her newsletter. Apparently this is a "great way to reach tens of thousands of foodies." Jeez.
As you ay or may not know, there aren't too many options for Filipino food in Philly. Sure you can head way out to the Northeast on weekends to the Philippine Jeepney Grill (seriously, it's awesome) but today you've got another Filipino option. Beginning at noon today Audrey Claire chef Lou Boquila is serving up Filipino boxed lunches to take out at COOK (253 S. 20th St.) Chef Boquila is going to be making silog-style lunches to go i.e. your choice of chicken, beef or eggplant served with garlic fried rice, lumpia (Filipino spring rolls), fried eggs, flan and sago (kinda like tapioca pearls). All proceed from this lunch pop-up are going to benefit Typhoon Haiyan relief.
Notes from the Weekend is a feature that sees the members of Team Meal Ticket compiling all the food/drink highlights uncovered during prime eatin' time, Friday to Sunday. We'd love to hear all about YOUR weekend eating adventures in the comments. Go for it! (View past NFTW installments at citypaper.net/notes.)
Adam Erace: AE
Caroline Russock: CR
After some Friday evening family action including a haven't-had-one-in-years ice cream pie from Baskin Robbins I headed back into the city for late dinner burgers and beers at Fountain Porter. After that we made our way over to The Dolphin to check out a few of their new Art in the Age cocktails. There must have been a run on the Negronis since there was no Campari in house but the Sageside (sage, gin, lime and mint) that I sampled was awesome and about a billion times classier than my usual citywides.—CR
After a late night flight to snowy Denver (and dinner at the awesome, serving-till-midnight Euclid Hall), C and I skipped down to Punta de Mita, a town about an hour north of Puerto Vallarta on Mexico's Pacific coast. There, the weekend's working vacation involved yours truly eating bushels of tropical fruit and tacos everyday, drinking too much mescal and generally relaxing by the beach between interviewing assorted hotel personnel. Not a bad gig. If you're ever down that way, hit us up in the comments, and try to get to Sayulita, an awesome little village with an expat surfing community, roadside ceviche stands and cool little farmers' market.—AE
Well, folks, this is big news. The Insider has announced that George Sabatino is opening his first solo venture this spring. Sabatino and his lovely wife Jennifer are going to be taking over Noche, the upstairs bar at the corner of 19th and Chestnut. With windows overlooking both streets and a truly unique location, we're thinking that the space is going to be transformed into something nothing short of stunning.
The Rittenhouse spot is going to be called Aldine, after a theater (pictured above) that stood on the southeast corner opposite the Sabatino's new venture.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, Sabatino is currently manning a makeshift kitchen in a shipping crate down at the Waterfront Winterfest. But once the season is over we're banking on George and Jen going into serious R & D mode.
Yesterday we told you about the kick off of High Street on Market's (308 Market St.) Friends and Family dinner beginning tonight at 9 p.m. Just a friendly reminder that this is a totally awesome deal ($25 a head for three courses) and an ideal opportunity to check out the super exciting menu that chef Eli Kulp is turning out at High Street after dark. We got our hands on tonight's full menu plus drink pairing options - hello, Dry Aged beets with aged beef vinaigrette and Fernet Branca!
Have a look right here:
If you haven't had dinner at High Street on Market (308 Market St.) yet (seriously, what are you waiting for?), tomorrow night is the night to do it.
Owner Ellen Yin and chef Eli Kulp are launching a series of Tuesday night friends and family dinners perfect for exploring Fork's thrilling next door neighbor. Beginning at 9 p.m. Eli and company are rolling out a $25 dollar menu that includes three shared plates to start, an entree and a dessert from pastry chef Sam Kincaid. Paul Rodriguez is custom concocting cocktails and choosing wine to pair with the tasting. No word yet on the debut menu but Yin is promising that details for this and future Tuesday night dinners will be revealed via Twitter the day of at noon.
If you've ventured outside of your front door today, well, you are probably in dire need of some cheering up. Gray and slushy, this is the kind of day that is best spent indoors. Here at Meal Ticket we highly suggest making your way over to a.bar (135 S. 18th St.) where they are hosting a day of events celebrating the glorious fortified Spanish wine known as Sherry.
There's a tasting seminar happening right now for industry insiders but the Sherry fun for the public kicks off at 3 p.m with a happy hour featuring $1.50 oysters paired with a wide ranging and not often seen around these parts assortment of Sherries poured by local wine reps for $5 to $10 a glass. So if you're looking to tighten your Olorosso-Amontillado-PX intel, we'd advise you to get there early.
Although a Christmas for Ben might sound like a benefit for an underprivileged child, American Sardine Bar (1800 Federal St.) chef Scott Schroeder is telling us that the dinner is in fact a gift to his buddy, Cheu Noodle Bar's Ben Puchowitz. Growing up Jewish, Puchowitz has never experienced the joy that is Christmas so Schroeder decided to put together a very special pop up dinner in his honor.
The two are going to be cooking together for a limited number (20 to 30) lucky folks upstairs are ASB on December 18th. No word yet on the menu, but Schroeder is promising a very creative, stoner food, family-style menu. Extra special seasonal touches include a toy drive - no, they're not for Ben - all donations go to a South Philadelphia children'e charity and get donors a free beer.