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Chef Daniel Stern gets creative at the Cira Centre.
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Dining room at THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Rae, Philadelphia, PA


: First, there was Gayle, the innovative American restaurant conceived by chef Daniel Stern near South Street. With the opening of Rae, a modern American brasserie in Philly’s prismatic skyscraper adjacent to 30th Street Station, Stern has made another culinary leap. The lobby restaurant is light-filled and airy, a natural jumping off point for powerbrokers arriving from Manhattan or D.C. Stern’s creative menu includes droll takes on bar food (rabbit nachos with jalapeño crème fraîche, truffle pizza, venison cheesesteak) along with clever studies of a single ingredient, as in the luscious “snapper, snapper soup,” a heady composition of grilled red snapper, saffron-scented fish dumplings and a beer-infused citrusy fumet. Descriptions are minimalist, but servers are happy to interpret. Try the exotically spiced rack of lamb with its satisfying crust of spicy harissa and chickpeas. For dessert, more riffs on a theme---as in warm maple-spiked banana french toast. The wine list is impressive, including 200-plus selections and more than 30 by the glass.

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Letter to Dan Stern
by kjbuck on Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:06 am
Dear Dan,

It is difficult to express in words how meaningful our dinner was Monday night at Rae. To say it was the most incredible culinary experience of my life and of Cathy’s barely scratches the surface.

From the moment you greeted us at the table until we got into a taxi nearly three hours later, we were treated like royalty. Ryan and Christine were consummate professionals who were as outstanding as the food and wine. And the food and wine: out-of-the-box creativity in concept, visually pleasing and one pleasant caress of the palate after another.

You are a world-class chef running a world-class restaurant. I’m so happy that my wife and I were able to enjoy a truly remarkable evening at Rae.

I wish you nothing but great success in your culinary endeavors.
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