Philadelphia, PA - If you’re looking for some great modern American cuisine and a progressive cocktail menu, head on over to Square 1682 at the corner of 17th and Sansom. This bar and restaurant was voted USA’s Best Hotel Barby 10Best.com and USA Today Travel, and it is where New Exec Chef is Bobby Surdam sources the best local ingredients “letting the flavors speak for themselves.” The progressive cocktail and bar program is directed by Lead Bartender Daniel Kulisek.
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Square 1682’s Executive Chef Bobby Surdam and his team head into autumn with an all-new lunch menu offering both a full sit-down experience for leisurely lunches, a bevy of healthful entrée salads, and an express Daily Plate for hungry guests on the run.
Those looking for a midday health infusion can start with one of three raw juices. The selection includes Being Green, a crisp green vegetable juice with fresh lemon notes, Beets Me, a colorful beet juice with punches of ginger, and Daily Dose, a unique combination of pineapple, broccoli, bell pepper, and melon.
Square 1682’s salads range from seasonal Sweet Corn Salad with avocado mousse and radicchio to a savory spin on Fried Green Tomatoes with burrata and basil vinaigrette. The Grains & Greens salad provides filling farro and quinoa with sweet peaches and candied pecans, great for vegan and vegetarian diets. Protein additions are available for all salads, choose from chicken, salmon, steak, or shrimp.
“We wanted to celebrate the start of fall by rolling out a fresh menu with a fun and dynamic culinary mix,” said Executive Chef Bobby Surdam. “Our new fall lunch menu offers delicious hearty fare, as well as a bevy of dishes for those looking for healthful options. Square 1682 has always offers a solid mix of carnivorous, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dishes.”
Appetizers include Square 1682’s signature Bacon Wrapped Dates with goat cheese, chipotle aioli and stone ground mustard vinaigrette, as well as Crispy Calamari, Roasted Beets with apple, pistachio and fromage blanc, and Grilled Peach Toast with ricotta, local honey and pecans. All make a terrific addition to a salad or to share with a colleague.
Entrée sized plate options vary from classic dishes of Steak Frites and Burgers to Chef Surdam’s take on typical lunch fare. Look forward to Mack’s Grilled Cheese with brie, onion jam, and rosemary on country bread with options to add avocado and/or bacon. Consider the Trout with rich flavors of brown butter and almonds, paired with mixed greens.
Square 1682 provides Daily Plates for each day of the work week, always served with a cookie and coffee to go for a midday pick-me-up. Daily choices include:
- Monday — Oyster Po’ Boy, cornmeal breading, pickled red cabbage, tartar sauce, fries or mixed greens
- Tuesday — Crab Cakes with Cajun aioli and fennel salad
- Wednesday — Cheese Steak with shaved ribeye, caramelized onions, long hot peppers, aged cheddar, fries or mixed greens
- Thursday — BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich on soft roll, coleslaw, fries or mixed greens
- Friday — Lobster Roll, fries or mixed greens
“The Daily Plates are quickly building a following,” Surdam said, “and folks on the go are really enjoying the coffee and cookie to go element.”
Private Dining at Square 1682 located near iconic Rittenhouse Square, has two private dining rooms to host various types of events. For birthday parties, meetings and intimate gatherings, Square 1682 has a private room to seat 10 to 15 people. The more spacious Tyng Room has lively lounge views and can hold 45 seated guests or 75 attendees for cocktail-style events.
Large functions with guests lists reaching 250 should use Square 1682’s partner, Hotel Palomar Philadelphia. With spectacular views of the city, the ballroom space is fantastic for receptions, fundraisers, corporate retreats and other larger, memorable events
In addition to highlighting and sourcing local ingredeints, Square 1682 is Philadelphia’s first Leed-certified restaurant with a strong commitment to ecologically responsible culinary practices and dedication to independent farmers, local purveyors, boutique ranches and sustainable fisheries. We enjoyed a sample of Grilled Zucchini with figs and goat cheese that was a beautiful taste of the vegetables in season. Don’t forget the delicious Punch Drunk Love cocktail with Tito’s Vodka, Aperol, lemon, grapefruit, grenadine, and Brut. The Deviled Eggs with braised Berkshire pork, and pickled ramp are also a treat- grab these on special during Center City Sips Happy Hour on Wednesdays!
If you’re like classic cocktails why not try the Moscow Mule with Absolute Vodka or the Vesperwith Bluecoat Gin, Grey Goose, and Lillet Blanc15. We’d highly recommend the Grilled Octopuswith Capsicum, peanut potatoes, and Shishito peppers or one of the most popular menu items- the Bacon Wrapped Dates with local goat cheese, piquillo peppers, and mustard vinaigrette.
Vegans and vegetarian diners will rejoice when they see the menu here. The Wild Mushroom Tart is a vegetarian’s delight with Brie, petite vegetables, and truffle essence. This is one of the most filling vegetarian dishes we’ve enjoyed in the city. The Spring Lentil Stew is vegan and made with Du puy lentils, ancient grains, smoked tomato, spring vegetables, and chimichurri. You won’t believe all the flavor that is packed in this stew.
Of course Square 1682 has only the best Skuna Bay Salmon, soured ethically and paired with a potato chorizo risotto, melted leek, and citrus glaze. This dish is another best selling menu item and personal favorite of Chef Mateo. We also enjoyed the highlights of Summer in the Berkshire Pork Chop over cheddar grits, charred kale, and sprinkled with pickled strawberry.
We had just enough room for dessert so we sampled the Carrot Cake and Cheesecake which were paired with some delicious homemade ice cream and perfectly satisfied our sweet tooth.
Stop by Square 1682 this summer to check out their special offer: Staff Meal. Now through August they will be offering a single tray dinner Monday through Friday complete with a Miller High Life pony for just $25! Everyday of the week will feature a different special, so you can keep coming back to try them all!
Monday: Buttermilk Fried Chicken, cabbage slaw and house-made pickles
Tuesday: Berkshire Pork Enchiladas in Salsa Guajillo, chips and guacamole
Wednesday: House-made pasta of the night with petite Caesar with garlic bread
Thursday: Vegetable Fried Rice, pickled vegetables, summer roll
Friday: Meatloaf, sautéed greens, whipped potatoes
AND Saturdays marks the return of Bring Your Own Dog Brunch (BYOD)
Square 1682 and former Chef Mateo have teamed up with Morris Animal Refuge, who offer innovative and high quality care for cats, dogs and other small animals and provide a full range of preventive, protective and adoption services for abused, neglected and abandoned animals in the Philadelphia region. Representatives and volunteers from Morris Animal Refuge will be on site with dogs in search of loving homes from 10:30am-12:30pm every Saturday throughout the summer.
Chef’s BYOD menu includes four canine-fabulous dishes for dogs to enjoy, such as Beggin’ Eggs & Taters with smoked bacon, scrambled eggs, parsley potatoes; Blue Ribbon Stew with organic chicken, steel cut oats, zucchini, carrots; Chili Chow with grass fed beef, rice, spinach, beans, bell peppers, aged cheddar; Peanut Butter Biscuits which are Chef’s homemade treats. Special BYOD cocktails will be offered as well including the Greyhound with Tito’s and grapefruit; the Pomeranian with Tito’s, pomegranate, lime, and club soda; and the Cocker Daniel with Tito’s, Pinot Gris, orange liqueur, and lemon strawberry basil syrup.
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