Philadelphia, PA - A.Kitchen Since High Street Hospitality Group took over operations at a.kitchen+bar, located in AKA Rittenhouse Square, in 2014, the restaurant has joined the ranks of their other restaurants, Fork and High Street on Market , as among Philadelphia’s most coveted reservations.
The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig LaBan called the menu “just flat-out exciting...uncharacteristically simple but irresistible” in his glowing “Three Bells: Excellent” review. The restaurant was also named “Best Restaurant Reboot of 2014” by Philadelphia magazine thanks to HSHG’s vision and hard work. Recently, Executive Chef Eli Collins joined the kitchen to citywide excitement: “He’s got a background that makes him an interesting choice for that space...I’m really curious to see what he does in this new gig,” wrote foobooz.com, calling Collins “a serious player” and an “excellent chef,” as evidenced by his “Three Bells: Excellent” review from The Inquirer in his previous position at Pub & Kitchen.
a.kitchen has twice been recognized among Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Wine Restaurants in America, and has also earned recognition from Philadelphia magazine for “Best Wine List” in their annual “Best of Philly” issue. Their cellar includes gems from local, domestic and international producers, and ranges in price from $50 to $600, allowing Cellar Raid guests to select a premium bottle at an unusually accessible price point and pair the exceptional wine with an ever-evolving menu of bold, contemporary American cuisine.
Events and Specials:
New Year’s Eve Cocktail Update from a.kitchen: For the last month or so, the restaurant has been aging 2 different cocktails in wooden barrels provided by Old Forester Bourbon. They plan to uncork them for the first time on New Year’s Eve; both cocktails will be available to the public for the first time on that night, and are expected to sell out as a fun and different way to toast the end of 2017 and ring in the New Year.
- Barrel #1 contains an Old Fashioned made with Old Forester infused with orange peel, clove, charred pineapple and star anise
- Barrel #2 contains a Mezcal Negroni made with brown butter-washed Old Forester, Montelobos Mezcal, Campari and vermouth del Professore.
The time that the cocktails spend in their barrels is expected to help integrate the flavors, giving them a rich texture and add a little bit of spiciness from the oak. Both drinks will be featured during a.kitchen’s celebration on New Year’s Eve, and guests should plan to make adjacent a.bar part of their night, as well; the barrels are slated for tapping at 6 p.m.
Chef Collins and the team at a.kitchen rolled out a fabulous new happy hour option for Rittenhouse Square. The sleek contemporary American restaurant located in AKA Rittenhouse Square in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia. With some of the country’s most innovative wine and spirits programs, a.kitchen has been named “One of America’s Best Wine Restaurants” by Wine Enthusiast and awarded Three Bells by Philadelphia Inquirer critic Craig LaBan. a.kitchen’s bistro spirit showcases a versatile menu that allows guests to stop by for a few small plates or enjoy a more traditional dinner or lunch.
Their happy hour is most noteable for the special $25 Bottle of Happy, tempranillo rose finca torremilanos 2016, ribera del duero ES. This rose is darker in color than many you’ve probably encountered with lively orange shades. It has a fresh and intense nose with notes of red and white flowers. Its zesty and agreeable grapey flavor for the palate with mineral sensations that enhance its freshness and complexity. We also love pairing it with a.kitchen’s selection of fresh shucked Local East Coast Sweet Amalia Oysters from Cape May, NJ.
Other happy hour offerings include Potato chips, Swordfish & Caper Dip, Lamb & Pork Sausage with cucumber yogurt and Pork & Bacon Pate with grilled bread all for $6. Each plate was big enough to share, but not so overwhelming that we couldn’t enjoy our meal afterwards. Other drink specials offered are $8 featured wine by the glass, and $5 seasonal draft beer. Stop by a.kitchen to check out these happy hour offerings Monday through Friday from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Reservations are also available via OpenTable.