In this month’s edition: summer seafood. // Photo Courtesy Kensington Quarters

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The Resy Lineup: A Pop-Up Garden, Bok Bar Residencies, and More

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Welcome to Philadelphia’s Resy Lineup, your regular dose of recommendations on what to eat, drink, and see — updated on a monthly basis.

In this edition, we’re getting a taste of summer with fresh seafood at Kensington Quarters, sipping on summertime cocktails in a whimsical pop-up garden in Manayunk, and taking in the Delaware waterfront with dinner at The Garden at Cherry Street Pier.

 

June

The Restaurant Rec

Summer is seafood season, where a fresh squeeze of lemon over an oyster on the half shell can transport you to a warm day by the beach. Indulge in the season’s finer seafood offering with Kensington Quarters, where the fluke tartare in an umami benne seed miso vinaigrette and the trout served with grilled asparagus and pickled rhubarb are required eating.

 

The Drink Proposal

The Philadelphia Flower Show just wrapped up, but you can still explore the Philadelphia Horticultural Society’s exciting garden displays at the PHS Pop-up Garden in Manayunk. Take in the greenery with summery cocktails like the minty-crisp Cucumber Countryside with Bombay gin, or the fruity and spiced Pink Peppercorn Paloma.

 

The Splurge

Ari Miller of the award-winning Musi BYOB is taking over Stina Pizzeria’s kitchen for a good cause! The benefit dinner supports The Attic Youth, an organization creating opportunities LGBTQ youth. Chefs Ari Miller and Bobby Saritsoglou are putting together an $85 four-course tasting menu with an additional beer pairing featuring Stickman Brews. Book here.

 

The Weekend Pairing

Take in the waterfront at The Garden at Cherry Street Pier. Enjoy a peppery brisket sandwich topped with horseradish pub cheese or a hoagie with a trinity of salami, Lebanon bologna, and capicola. Afterward, enjoy a relaxing stroll along Race Street Pier and the Harbor Park, rent a pair of skates and take a few laps around the Bluecross RiverRink, or take in the views from the top of the Ferris wheel.

 

The Event Invite

Wine and dine on the Main Line at Alessandro’s Wood Fired Italian & Bar. This summer, the modern Italian spot is hosting a five-course meal paired with five select wines including Napa Valley wines from Silver Oak and Caymus. Set a Notify and hope to get one of the the sold-out June 21 tickets, otherwise, pre-plan and book the next dinner on July 21.

 

From The Tipline

Kalaya is serving up their brand of Thai cuisine at Bok Bar from June 16-20. Expect a few new menu items, as well as dairy-free gelato push-pops (with flavors like hibiscus-lychee) from chef Janine Bruno. Then, Hardena, South Philly’s favorite Indonesian restaurant, begins their week-long residency at Bok Bar on June 23.


May

In this edition: One of the best outdoor setups. // Photo Courtesy Morgan’s Pier

The Restaurant Rec

Tequilas is a restaurant where the vibrant atmosphere sets the tone for the food they serve — a menu packed with traditional Mexican dishes that show the range of fresh ingredients the cuisine has access to. The trio of tacos come overflowing with spiced proteins, like fish brightened with mango, cucumber, jicama, and crisp red onions with chipotle mayo, or marinated chicken with roasted tomato, pepper, and tomatillo. Don’t miss the taco filled with huitlacoche, a corn fungus delicacy with deep earthy notes that’s served with mushrooms in a chipotle pesto.

 

The Drink Proposal

It’s outdoor drinking season and there are few places as energetic as Morgan’s Pier, a riverside bar surrounded by great views of the city skyline and the Ben Franklin Bridge. But there’s more to Morgan’s than bar snacks and beer. Toast to summer with 21st Amendment Brewery’s fruity wheat ale with watermelon purée, or enjoy a refreshing local Bluecoat gin with cucumber simple syrup, lime, and club soda. When the summer really heats up, don’t sleep on the rotating selection of frozen cocktails and spiked frozen popsicles.

 

The Stay-At-Home Move

Bring a bit of hygge home with Bar Hygge’s takeout menu, featuring cans of their in-house brewed beers, cocktails, and a tasty menu of comforting bar foods. Get the smoked brisket disco fries slathered in beer cheese and topped with tangy pickled peppers and scallions. Pro tip: The disco fries pair perfectly with their fried chicken sandwich, served with spicy ranch and dill pickles.

 

The Weekend Pairing

Whether it’s a pit stop or your destination, Manayunk is a popular spot for bicyclists to take a break and grab a bite along the Schuylkill River Trail. Especially the Goat’s Beard, which offers easy access to and from the trail, and is in the heart of Manayunk’s bustling Main Street. Salads like the Cobb loaded with egg, avocado, pork belly, and more are hearty enough to be standalone meals. But if you’re looking to refuel before hitting the trail again, sink your teeth into the pulled pork sandwich stuffed with smoky pork, spicy long hots, sharp broccoli rabe, and provolone cheese. If you need a longer break, do stop in one of Main Street’s many independent stores.

 

The Event Invite

Shows are slowly returning to the stage! Concourse Dance Bar in Center City is hosting TopCatt’s Cabaret, a drag and burlesque show featuring Maria Topcatt and friends — Topcatt is known for her Drag Queen Storytime, voted Philly Mag’s Best of Philly Kids’ Event in 2019. She brings a bit of old school Hollywood glamour to every performance, so get ready for a sensational show!

 

From The Tipline

City Winery in Philadelphia has recently reopened, introducing new hours along with a revamped food and wine menu. Sample from a wide range of vintages, some of which are available on tap from large barrels behind the bar — the variety makes enjoying wine at City Winery a delectable journey. Pro tip: The best bites are the cheese and charcuterie plate and the selection of cured meats.


April

In this edition: An Israeli grilling destination returns to indoor dining. // Photo Courtesy Laser Wolf

The Restaurant Rec

Silk City has reopened and is offering full service in their spacious garden and inside their retro diner. The new menu features their most popular dishes, plus new additions like the harissa spiced chicken gyro with tzatziki on a grilled pita. They’ve also got a whole new lineup of exciting cocktails, so, make a toast to the spring season with their Beez in the Trap, a cocktail of bourbon sweetened with honey vanilla simple syrup and Angostura bitters, with a bit of zesty lemon.

 

The Drink Proposal

Roy-Pitz Barrel House is a destination for beer lovers. Though they specialize in funky, barrel aged and sour beers, they have a diverse menu of IPAs, ales, ciders, wines, and spirits all sourced from Pennsylvania producers. Sour lovers should try the Nice Dreams Strawberry Foeder Forever, a strawberry blonde ale aged in an oak foeder to give it fruity sour, candy sweet, and somewhat dry flavor.

 

The Stay-At-Home Move

The ever-changing duck of the day at Good King Tavern is a dine-in favorite, but it’s also available for takeout along with their classic cocktails. You can now enjoy a fizzy St. Paloma with tequila, grapefruit, sea salt, and poppy seed over a succulent duck breast locally sourced from Keiser’s Pheasantry. If it’s a bottle of wine you’re looking for, Good King Tavern’s bottle shop, Le Caveau, has unique vintages available to take home.

 

The Weekend Pairing

Pizza is an art form, and at Pizzeria Vetri, each pie is a masterpiece. Stop by their Art Museum location for a slice of Maurizio simply topped with fresh rosemary, creamy mozzarella, olive oil, and sea salt; or indulge in the herbaceous anise flavors of the fennel sausage pizza. When you’re done, you can find more creative inspiration at the Philadelphia Art Museum or ponder impressionist works at the Barnes Foundation. Just be sure to reserve a spot for your museum visit ahead of time!

 

The Event Invite

Some say the unofficial start to Summer is Memorial Day, when Philadelphians head “down the shore.” But this year, Summer starts a little earlier with the reopening of Bok Bar on April 14! Get ready to enjoy a summer of delicious eats from Musi, Saté Kampar, chef Chris Paul’s Lakay, Porcos Porchetteria, and more. They’re slated to be open for 30 weeks this year, making it their longest season yet, and with so many talented and rising chefs being featured, there will be something new to experience all summer long.

 

From The Tipline

Indoor dining at Laser Wolf returns April 16. Once again, you’ll be able to enjoy charcoal grilled bites in their lofty, sun-drenched dining room. The $39 menu includes fresh hummus and salatim, and a choice of something from the grill like tamarind spiced trout and sirloin steak seasoned with harissa. But you can also add extras à la carte — we recommend adding the pomegranate-harissa wings served with a nutty and creamy ranch tehina to your order.


March

In this edition: A proper biergarten. // Photo Courtesy Frankford Hall

The Restaurant Rec

Alpen Rose, because this steakhouse is reimagining the classic concept with premium cuts of beef, fresh seafood, and even caviar service. The playful yet refined menu brings together old-school steakhouse staples like dry-aged New York strip, and more contemporary dishes like octopus ceviche. With its leather booths, wood paneling, book-lined walls, and chandeliers, the dining room feels like an intimate private library. So find an occasion to celebrate — or make one up — and slide into a booth at Alpen Rose for some of the best steak you’ll ever eat.

 

The Drink Proposal

Paul MacDonald calls himself “a Philadelphia bartender” on Instagram, but he’s more than just that. He’s a facilitator of flavor, a wrangler of spirits, and a true artist when it comes to mixed drinks: He recently revamped Friday Saturday Sunday’s cocktail menu with an entourage of imaginative drinks. Look no further than the Oxford Comma, which brings together the rich notes of Nicaraguan rum, coffee, red wine, and is brightened up with lemon and soda.

 

The Stay-At-Home Move

Need dinner ideas for Tuesday nights? Every Tuesday, Suraya is offering Takeout Tuesday for Two, featuring a selection of mezze, mashawi (kebabs), and a dessert. You’ll get some of Suraya’s best hits — think the creamy hummus, baba ganoush, and kaffa kebab — along with other favorites, like a luscious Lebanese milk pudding with a tart cherry sauce. It’s the stay-at-home move that takes the stress out of planning a midweek meal.

 

The Weekend Pairing

An exciting thoroughfare, Frankford Avenue is the perfect weekend destination for perusing thrift shops and designer boutiques, with places to stop off in between for a bite and a drink. Start off early with coffee and comic books at Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse and work your way down Frankford to explore the racks at Circle Thrift. By lunchtime, you’ll be hungry for beer and brats at Frankford Hall. With spring on the horizon, this outdoor biergarten is the perfect place for ‘utepils,’ the first beers of the season enjoyed outside.   

 

The Event Invite

Pi Day isn’t just for kids to celebrate in math class. On March 14, Pizzeria Beddia is hosting a virtual event as part of the L.A. Times Dinner Series. Each ticket gets you a 16-inch mushroom rosemary cream pizza paired with a bottle of Eric Wareheim’s Las Jaras “Glou Glou” wine. Guests will also be invited to join a live Zoom pizza and wine party featuring Joe Beddia of Pizzeria Beddia; Daniele Uditi of Pizzana; Thomas McNaughton of flour + water; actor, writer, and winemaker Eric Wareheim; and Jenn Harris, the senior food writer for the L.A. Times.

 

From The Tipline

If you’ve been craving a pan-Asian restaurant that serves local beer and lets you play indoor mini golf, the perfect place just opened up. Libertee Grounds is an adult playground where you can shoot nine holes of mini golf, choose from 32 taps of beer, cider, seltzer, wine, and cocktails sourced within 40 miles of Philadelphia, and enjoy delicious pan seared gyoza with truffle ponzu or a lamb keema cheesesteak seasoned with masala.


February

In this edition: A well-known favorite returns to the dining scene. // Photo Courtesy Friday Saturday Sunday

The Restaurant Rec

Elwood chef and owner Adam Diltz is a man of the land. Scrolling through his Instagram, you’ll see he hunts, forages, tends to his garden, and that he and his wife even have a bee hive where they produce their own honey. Diltz is clearly very passionate about connecting to the foods that surround us in nature. So it’s fitting that Elwood brings not only the region’s history to the plate, but also incorporates fresh, locally sourced ingredients into every meal. Cozy up with a traditional pepper pot stew or a succulent roast goose. Also, beginning Feb. 13, Elwood’s weekend tea service is making a comeback, featuring Dutch specialties like a savory scrapple and sweet shoofly cake.

 

The Drink Proposal

Parks on Tap has set up shop in the Fairmount Horticulture Center, offering guests a spacious environment to enjoy a drink, grab a bite to eat, and take in the greenery. The 30,000 square foot greenhouse is home to a collection of plants as well as Gaia, an artistic globe display featuring stunning imagery of Earth sourced from NASA, which floats overhead. It’s a beautiful environment to kick back in with a drink. Toast to nature in all of her glory with a beer courtesy of Mainstay Brewing, or just snuggle up on a bench with a vodka-spiked hot cocoa.

 

The Stay-At-Home Move

If you’re craving a cocktail but you’re not the best home bartender, check out Rosy’s Taco Bar’s cocktail kits. These cocktail kits come with the ingredients you need to make a wide range of cocktails like a spicy habanero margarita and a sweet, creamy coquito. Plus, they are a perfect accompaniment to Rosy’s tangy and salty al pastor tacos, the saucy Valentina wings, and the southwest chicken sandwich glued together with chihuahua cheese and guacamole, which drips in chipotle aioli.

 

The Weekend Pairing

Weekends are all about variety. Start your day grazing through Fishtown at Laser Wolf for some smooth hummus with a fresh pita, aromatic dill, and lentil tabbouleh along with Romanian beef kebab and chicken shishlik straight from the grill. Then, make your way to Evil Genius Brewing for beer straight from the source. If you’re into darker beers like stouts and porters, you’ll have fun with the Purple Monkey Dishwasher, a rich chocolate peanut butter porter, and the I’ll Have What She’s Having, a nutty chocolate hazelnut imperial stout. But if you’re wanting something hoppy, you can’t go wrong with their Mosaic IPA, Pics Or It Didn’t Happen.

 

The Event Invite

Valentine’s Day is one of February’s headlining holidays, and a big one for dining out. River Twice is offering a special Valentine’s Day menu for indoor and outdoor dining from Feb. 11 through Feb. 14. The menu is a six-course tasting menu with incredibly inventive pairings like venison tartare with black walnut, elderberry capers, sorrel, and olive granola, and quail covered in a concord grape vinegar, chanterelles, and a peppery sweet kohlrabi. Reserve your table today for this special feast.

 

From The Tipline

Friday Saturday Sunday reopens on Feb. 11 and they’ve got a new, exclusive menu. For only two dinner services a night, guests will enjoy an eight-course tasting menu evoking winter flavors like roasted yams with pistachio cream, a duck pie with earthy collard greens and sweet parsnips, ending with a winter citrus tart with huckleberry. Friday Saturday Sunday is also offering their full cocktail list that we’ve come to know and love, along with a generous offering of wines by the glass to go with the meal.  

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