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Vernick Food & Drink

2031 Walnut St. Send to Phone
267-639-6644 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Sophisticated American menu in a smart Rittenhouse Square setting.
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Vernick Food & Drink Restaurant Review

: Philadelphia area native Greg Vernick, after some five years working for celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten in New York and other parts of the world, has returned home to create a spot that's both a go-to neighborhood place for the Rittenhouse Square set and a destination restaurant. The seasonally-driven menu allows you to take a mix-and-match approach, by pairing smaller dishes, perhaps his signature "toasts" with toppings of fromage blanc and apple chutney, with bigger plates like lamb osso buco with a baby artichoke and mushroom ragoût. Or depending on your appetite, you can just enjoy a sampling of smaller tastes, which also include raw oysters, diver scallop with orange and jalapeño and other ceviche-like items. For sweets, Vernick goes the comfort route, but with a twist. Think maple flan with poached pear and apple crisp with vanilla gelato and chipotle caramel. The "drink" part of Vernick's name is ably represented by a well-curated cocktail list comprised of "classic" drinks, like an old-fashioned, and current offerings, such as a "new-groni," with gin, grapefruit, Aperol and egg white. The wine list leans towards European vintages that aren't commonly found in Pennsylvania's state stores.

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