Dining across from Rittenhouse Square? Divine, if you don’t mind dirty looks from passers-by attempting to navigate the sidewalks.
The tranquil patio at Rittenhouse Tavern (newly open in the Philadelphia Art Alliance) couldn’t be more different — and you won’t be bumping elbows with the guy buttering his baguette one table over.
As expected from a restaurant tucked inside a gallery, chefs Nicholas Elmi (Le Bec-Fin) and Ed Brown unleash their creativity on the menu. Enjoy the spring sunshine with deviled egg mousse over scrapple or Berkshire pork with purple mustard and quinoa crust. For dessert, lap up blueberry red wine soup with thyme-lemon-sage ice cream.
And even if you don’t score a seat outside, windows throughout the dining room provide an ample view of the greenery. Just make sure to save time for a stroll through the galleries.
It’s anything but pedestrian.
Rittenhouse Tavern, 251 South 18th Street (215-732-2412).
Photo: Jason Varney / Courtesy of Rittenhouse Tavern