In this month’s edition: A local favorite launches a new tasting menu. // Photo Courtesy River Twice

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The Resy Lineup: A Pop-Up Diner, a Taste of Lebanon, and River Twice’s New Wine Bar

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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 enjoying balanced whiskey cocktails at Four Humours Distilling, getting loaded nachos at Rosy’s Taco Bar before a night of laughs at the Helium Comedy Club, and eating homestyle Italian American cooking from Osteria at the Amex Gold Pop-Up Diner.

 

September

The Restaurant Rec

Suraya, because it’s an immersive affair that excites all of the senses. The smell of aromatic Middle Eastern spices, the feel of the soft, billowing pita pulled straight from the oven, the pungent anise flavor of the arak, and the beautiful Beirut-inspired tile accents throughout the restaurant all come together to create a memorable Lebanese meal. The $70 Taste of Suraya tasting is the best way to maximize experience, but don’t skip the kwarma, a slow roasted lamb seasoned with Baharat and served with a dill yogurt sauce and cucumber salad.

 

The Drink Proposal

Whiskey lovers know that patience is a virtue: Part science, part art, whiskey is a craft that takes a lot of time, but the wait is worth it. Enter Four Humours Distilling, which has perfected the process of aging, developing balanced whiskeys that are smooth but have strong flavor profiles. And their cocktail menu presents a full range of flavors — on the sweeter end, the Velvet Remedy blends rye with strawberry and basil, while the classic old fashioned, made with bourbon and a mellow, house made sorghum syrup, makes for smooth yet bitter drink.

 

The Event Invite

The Amex Gold Pop-Up Diner is coming to Philadelphia September 17 to 19, and if you love the upscale Italian cuisine from Osteria, you’ll love the homestyle diner eats they’ll be dishing out during the event. Don’t miss the classic mama’s meatballs swimming in a tomato sauce with parmigiano, and a chicken parmigiana with mozzarella, tomato and rigatoni, among others. Tickets over here.

 

The Weekend Pairing

Good food and good laughs are the equation for a good time. Start your night at Rosy’s Taco Bar for a loaded plate of nachos covered in all the classic fixings (including chihuahua and Monterey jack cheeses), plus juicy al pastor tacos. Then, head to the Helium Comedy Club a couple of blocks away, where comedians from around the country bring some of their best jokes and experimental material.

 

From The Tipline

This just in: For dinner Thursday through Saturday, River Twice will be moving to a seven-course tasting menu only that gives diners a tour what’s in season. Expect dishes that push the boundaries of fresh, local ingredients, like a PA trout with maple vinegar and trout roe, or a Vermont quail served with figs and peanut miso.

Bonus: The restaurant just launched its new Wine Bar concept on September 12, where an à la carte menu features lighter fare served alongside natural wines (available only for walk in on Sundays). Pro tip: Sundays is also the day to drop by River Twice for the delicious off-menu Mother Rucker burger.

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Suraya

4.8 · Middle Eastern · $$

Fishtown

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Four Humours Distilling

5 · American · $$

Olde Kensington

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Rosy's Taco Bar

4.7 · Mexican · $

Fitler Square

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River Twice

4.6 · American · $$

Passyunk Ave

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August

The Restaurant Rec

La Chinesca, because it serves some of the city’s most unique dishes. Inspired by the cuisine that emerged from Mexico’s northern Baja peninsula where Chinese laborers lived during the early 1900’s, La Chinesca’s menu features items like a shrimp egg roll with aguachile sauce, shrimp and black bean tostada with scallions and shrimp oil, and birria tacos with Chihuahua cheese. It’s perfect for a late summer happy hour, especially if you’re a fan of tequilas and mezcals.

 

The Drink Proposal

Juno is an oasis off of Spring Garden Street where classy cocktails, pitchers of margarita, hoppy craft beers, and top shelf spirits never seem to run dry. Channel some island vibes with A Lime in a Coconut, a coconut rum cocktail with sweet and citrusy pineapple and lime juices, or indulge in the Killer Bee Sting, a mezcal and tequila drink with a sweet banana liqueur that brings balance to the hot honey syrup.

 

The Splurge

If you try an omakase only once in your life, you need to do it at Hiroki. Every bite of the 20-course meal is intentionally created by chef Fujiyama in tribute to his hometown of Kyoto, Japan. You can also add a sake pairing to your meal, which includes six beverages that’ll take your meal to the next level.

 

The Weekend Pairing

Dinner and a movie but make it West Philly! Kick off your weekend with a Friday night Mediterranean meal at Renata’s Kitchen. When you’re finished nibbling on your mezze of hummus and baba ganoush, mosey a few blocks over to Clark Park for a movie night organized by the University City District — showtime starts at 8 p.m. every Friday night in August. If you’re more of a morning bird, stop by Renata’s for brunch (Pro tip: Get the pancakes) and visit Clark Park for their Saturday morning farmers market.

July

The Restaurant Rec

Rittenhouse Square is known for its intimate restaurants, alfresco dining, and exciting menus — all three of which you can experience at Branzino. For a rich taste of the sea, the smoked calamari and crab puttanesca clung perfectly to thick strands of squid ink tonnarelli is the move. But you could also look beyond their one-of-a-kind pastas and delectable seafood dishes, for Branzino is known for their braised meat: Don’t miss out on the succulent duck breast served with braised radicchio and a sweet pear mostarda. Book here.

 

The Drink Proposal

For the beer lover who wants to explore a multitude of styles of craft brews, check out City Tap House in Logan Square. From Philadelphia to Salzburg, Austria, their selection of beers on tap is worldwide, and if you don’t see anything you like on the draft menu, do delve into their fantastic bottles and cans as well.

 

The Splurge

For a seafood dining experience like no other, head to Little Fish, a small Queen Village spot with an inventive menu helmed by chef Alexander Yoon. Kick off your meal with the sourdough toast topped with raw scallops and cremini with a touch of heat from a flavorful chili oil, and follow that up with a bluefin tuna tataki served alongside a rich and silky foie gras, savory miso, almonds, and sweet cherries.

 

The Weekend Pairing

South Street is lined with some of the city’s quirkiest thrift shops and consignment stores, making it the perfect place to shop for unique clothes and home goods. But before you hit the stores, grab some light brunch bites and a glass of natural wine at Bloomsday Cafe. You can’t go wrong with the avocado toast hit with a sweet sherry reduction and savory chive oil, but the tinned fish selection is exciting and worth exploring. Go with a classic tin of sardines or try the conservas trio which includes mussels in a pickled sauce, spiced calamari, and a grilled tuna loin in olive oil.

 

The Event Invite

Queen & Rook has become an epicenter of tabletop games in Philadelphia: Not only do they have a huge library of games to play, they’re also hosting their Board Game Adventure Summer Camp. Enroll your kids in the program where they’ll learn how to design board games and, of course, play them. Meanwhile, you’ll be able to munch on vegan and vegetarian bites at the café with your own game on the side.

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 Pennsylvania 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

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.

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