|Finish the holiday weekend with new Hair of the Dog specials at Rhino Bar|
We previewed it a few weeks back, and now David Ansill’s new menu has officially launched at Bar Ferdinand. There are still plenty of Spanish tapas plates at the Northern Liberties bar, but along with them are inventive á la carte dishes like corn flan topped with uni and seared duck breast with figs and pistachios. Plus, the $45 tasting menu is now offered every night of the week, not just Thursdays (215-923-1313).
Get an early taste of the holiday meal with this week’s Sbraga’s chef counter tasting menu, which is dubbed “Thanksgiving Sbraga Style.” A new take on the turducken is promised, as part of the six-course, $75 per person meal cooked up by the Top Chef winner himself. Reservation are recommended (215-735-1913).
Thanksgiving Eve is one of the biggest drinking nights of the year, so it’s the perfect evening to launch a serious cocktail bar. Emmanuelle is a new French-themed drinkery in Northern Liberties, with an entrance on Hancock Street, not in The Piazza but behind it. Mixologist and author Katie Loeb designed the drink list, and will shake up adult-style drinks with bartendress-about-town Phoebe Esmon (215-791-8090).
Christmas Village is returning to Love Park, and on Thanksgiving the market will open for a sneak peak from 11 AM-7 PM. Over 50 vendors selling ornaments, crafts, wearables, wine, mulled cider, hot chocolate and more will be set up in cute wooden stalls. The village will be open daily through December 24.
For a more relaxing take on Black Friday, head to West Philly for City Tap House’s “Into the Black” event, featuring over 20 dark beers on draft. Sip specialties like Allagash Bourbon Black, Firestone Walker Wookey Jack Black IPA and Victory Mild Rye’d on a pay-as-you-go basis, or spring for the $35 tasting package that includes a souvenir glass and 10 drink tokens. RSVPs via e-mail are recommended (215-662-0105).
You’ve heard it in the songs, but have you ever actually roasted chestnuts over an open fire? Now’s your chance, as Eric Ripert’s 10 Arts will host a roasting session on the Ritz Carlton’s outdoor veranda from 5-7 PM every Friday and Saturday through December 22. Pick up a dozen chestnuts for $6, and pair them with chef Nathan Volz’ holiday hot chocolate ($8 for a “nice” version and $14 for a cordial-spiked “naughty” one; 215-523-8273).
New Midtown Village gastropub Rhino Bar (where we adored this lobster grilled cheese) is launching Hair of the Dog Sundays. Each week from noon-late night, the bar will offer $1 oysters, $2 craft cans, $3 Bloody Marys, $3 breakfast sammies and $4 drinks. Don’t want your holiday weekend to end? This is just the ticket (215-557-4442).