4/02/2012 11:15:00 AM
Philadelphia Dining Deals and Events: April 2-8
Atlantic City’s Revel is ready to roll, and as part of the casino’s soft launch, the first of Jose Garces’ three restaurants here will debut. Distrito Cantina - modeled after University City’s Distrito - will be a quick-serve margarita bar, offering Mexican street food from an indoor version of his Guapos Tacos food truck. Look an outpost of Old City’s Amada to open by the beach on April 9, and a copy of Rittenhouse’s Village Whiskey to complete the trio on April 16 (500 Boardwalk, Altantic City, NJ; 855-348-0500).
While Memphis Taproom’s Russian River beer dinner featuring the sought-after Pliny the Younger may be sold out (call to be added to the wait list), you can still get your craft brew on at Rittenhouse pub Devil’s Alley. Four Victory Brewing Company offerings will be paired with four tapas selections for just $5 per person, starting at 8 PM. An RSVP is requested (215-751-0707).
Young Friends of Team Jamaica has teamed up with 10 Philly restaurants to launch Caribbean Night, a fund-raising event that will help young people from tropical nations attend the internationally renowned Penn Relays (this year taking place April 26-28). Each venue will offer island-inspired specials and donate 10-15% of the evening’s total nightly gross to the project. Participating spots include Rum Bar, Seafood Unlimited, Sabrina’s Cafe, Jamaican Jerk Hut, Plough and the Stars and more.
Philadelphians may have grown accustomed to the impressive array of craft beers at our fingertips, but sipping an assortment of fantastic brews shouldn’t feel mundane. Bring back the thrill at the second annual Brews & Bowties, a black-tie fund-raiser (no jeans allowed) for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, held at the Ethical Culture Society building on Rittenhouse Square ($60; 6-9 PM; 1906 Rittenhouse Square).
Michael Solomonov is putting his signature modern twist on the traditional Jewish seder, offering an à la carte Passover menu at Society Hill’s Zahav that includes matzo ball soup with smoked cinnamon; salt cod kibbe; brisket mina with charouset and coffee; and coconut custard with chocolate crisp and red wine sorbet. Judging from the laffa bread that usually emerges from the wood-burning oven, the housemade matzo crackers alone will be worth the trip. The special menu is available April 6-13, with the exception of April 12 (215-625-8800).
The day prior to a big family holiday calls for some strong drinks, and Tattooed Mom is stepping up to provide just that. The poster for the annual Split Thy Skull exhorts, “Leave your keys at home,” as this day-drinking extravaganza features a series of rare and interesting barleywines, all of extremely high ABV (1-5 PM; 215-238-9880).
Here’s another fun choice to add to the Easter dining options around town: East Passyunk’s Le Virtu will be hosting Abruzze folk music troupe DisCanto for a traditional Italian holiday celebration with live music. Dinner options from rising star chef Joe Cicala include stuffed and braised calamari; a savory egg pie with spinach and artichoke; and a roasted Lancaster County lamb leg with rosemary potatoes and ramp pest (2-7 PM; 215-271-5626).