Top Philly food and drink events in the week ahead, November 17-23, 2014
Lunch at Ocean Prime
If you’re looking for a new business lunch spot, know that on Monday, November 17, this glitzy Center City steakhouse starts daytime service. New dishes from chef Mitchell Brumels include a Maryland crab melt and a sea scallop risotto. Lunch will run 11:30 AM-4 PM, Monday-Friday.
Sancho Pistola’s Taco Exchange
The monthly Monday evening taco team-up at this Fishtown cantina features 30 Under 30 honoree Aila DeVowe of Bar Ferdinand’s braised lamb tacos with pickled pineapple relish and salsa de arbol. Get three for $12 anytime after 9 PM on November 17.
Lobster Sale at Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House
Like lobster? Get to any of the four locations of this seafooder before Sunday, November 30, to score deals on lobsters in all forms. Whole steamed lobsters will go for half-price ($16 per pound, with corn and potatoes), and a slew of small plates are also on special, like the lobster roll ($18) and BLT lobster tacos ($6).
First Birthday Celebration at The Good King Tavern
On Tuesday, November 18, the Grigri family marks one year at this Bella Vista tavern with chef Paul Lyons at the helm with a late-night party. Starting at 10 PM, look for a special drink menu and deals on French country food through 1 AM.
Sbraga Culinary Career Dinner
Celebrate the food of Kevin Sbraga at a special dinner at his eponymous restaurant on Wednesday, November 19. Seven courses will feature dishes from all of his kitchens, including forthcoming ‘80s-themer Juniper Commons. Seats are $85 per person, with a beverage pairing available for $45. Call 215-735-1913 to reserve.
Beaujolais Nouveau Est Arrivé
French-leaning and wine-centric bars and restaurants all over the city are preparing to celebrate the annual release of this young gamay grape vintage on Thursday, November 20. Here’s what to look forward to:
• Midtown Village Beaujolais Night (5-8 PM, November 20)
— Barbuzzo: $7 glasses, $15 winemakers charcuterie boards
— Lolita: $20 sangria pitchers
— Time: $7 glasses, $7 Gruyère gougeres, $7 duck confit
— Vintage: complimentary wine samples and hors d’oeuvres, live music
— Zavino: $15 wine-braised short rib pizza
— Jamonera: $7 glasses, $10 wine-braised pork shoulder
— McGillin’s: $5 glasses, half-price French onion soup
• Bistrot La Minette: $55 four-course Cru Beaujolais tasting menu with wine pairings (November 19-20)
• Bistro St. Tropez: Tasting dinner including wine, available as three courses for $48 or five courses for $69 (November 20-22)
• Paris Bistro: Three-course tasting menu with wine for $60 (November 20-22)
• Le Chéri: Special truffle and Beaujolais menu available for the next couple of weeks
Three Year Anniversary Celebration at Tashan
On Friday, November 21, Munish Narula will celebrate the third birthday of his Indian fusion restaurant with a “Bhangra on Broad” dance party. Pick up a ticket here ($45 or $65 for top shelf) and enjoy an open bar and hors d’oeuvres from 7-9 PM while you watch a slide guitar show and then dance to the beats of a DJ. There’s also a special $25 three-course dinner menu offered Tuesday-Thursday, November 18-20.