2/21/2013 12:17:00 PM

Best Thing We Ate This Week: Charcuterie Board at Stratus Lounge

Don’t let the chill stop you from checking out the roof deck atop the new Hotel Monaco at Fifth and Chestnut. Not only is half of the main bar indoors, cordoned off from the cold by roll down doors, but Stratus Lounge also has two standalone rooms, one at each end of the patio. That’s where we had one of the most enjoyable light charcuterie boards in town.

The dish is not overloaded, by any means, but as a snack to accompany cocktails it hits the spot. The large, almost-see-through slice of Serrano ham is chewy and meaty, and the toasted raisin bread goes perfectly with a schmear of brie and jam. The rich, fatty triangle of country pâté is a perfect foil for the Cherry Hill Manhattan, which tweaks the classic cocktail with Lillet and St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, and we found ourselves licking the spicy mustard straight off the knife.

When you’re inside one of those stone rooms, you actually have a view of the Philadelphia skyline, and there’s a hanging wicker chair in the corner you can swing on if you haven’t already sipped and nibbled your way to your own personal spin. Thursday nights are all about spiked hot chocolate, so even though the spot is going to be banging come spring, it’s probably worth a winter visit ($13; 215-925-2889).


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