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2005 Market St. (20th St.) Send to Phone
French-influenced modern American cuisine in a lofty setting that boasts one of the best bars in town.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Mon.-Sat.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Twenty21, Philadelphia, PA

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Twenty21 Restaurant Review

: There’s a beehive of creativity tucked away in Philly’s financial district. The spot is Twenty21, and presiding is young chef Townsend Wentz, who honed his skills under Jean-Marie Lacroix. Oversize hanging lampshades and flower arrangements accent the serene dining room and one of the most attractive bars in the city wows with a library wall sky high with spirits. Wentz has free rein, and his purity of purpose shines brightly. While other chefs in the city make cheesesteak spring rolls, Wentz tucks Philly’s favorite sandwich into gyoza wrappers and garnishes them with caramelized onions and white cheddar. Look for it on the bar menu. The Chef's five-course tasting menu for $65 is a steal. A salad of firm and tender lettuces offers silkiness and crunch along with artichoke hearts, crispy pancetta and the creaminess of a poached egg. A wood-grilled bison rib-eye pairs well with a classic truffled root vegetable ragoût. Wild striped bass benefits from a hint of roasted almonds. Consider drinking dessert---a half bottle of Lillypilly Noble Blend Riverina delivers a heady one-two punch of butterscotch and honey. Seek out the services of sommelier Gordana Kostovski who takes pleasure in pointing to emerging wineries.


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