Pennsylvania 6 (PE6), the throwback to dining rooms of yesteryear that we told you back in February had Public House founder Gary Cardi and crew working to undo the damage left in the wake of Tweed’s abrupt exit from 114 South 12th Street, is almost ready to pop. A rep for Cardi tells Grub it will debut before the end of next week. Careful restoration efforts at the space, which over the years has seen everything from the first incarnation of London Grill and Bistro Bix to Corban Evans’ Lilies and Les Bon Temps before the aforementioned Tweed crashed and burned, brings the bar and dining room back to their original glory.
Dark woods, red, button-tufted leather upholstery, white marble-topped tables and bar recall a bygone era of dining. Marc Plesis, the French-born and Kentucky-reared chef who opened XIX and brought it considerable recognition in his tenure, has come up with a menu of familiar American dishes that bear flourishes of classic European technique and artful plating. Plesis’ signature Kampachi and Fluke crudos will be offered along with other daily raw preparations. From the raw bar he will serve a constantly changing selection of oysters, shrimp, lobster, crab and clams per piece and as part of elaborate, old school seafood towers.
The a la carte options include appetizers like fried Ipswich clams, potted chicken liver, and roasted bone marrow; sandwiches, including burgers and lobster roll; bar snacks like pimento cheese with Benton’s ham and green tomato; and larger plates that include wahoo, hangar steaks, and buccatini pasta with peekytoe crab and sweet and hot peppers. Check the full menu and cocktail list below.