Philadelphia, PA - If you’re looking for some great modern American cuisine and a progressive cocktail menu, head on over to Square 1682 at the corner of 17th and Sansom. This bar and restaurant was voted USA’s Best Hotel Barby 10Best.com and USA Today Travel, and it is where New Exec Chef is Bobby Surdam sources the best local ingredients “letting the flavors speak for themselves.” The progressive cocktail and bar program is directed by Lead Bartender Daniel Kulisek.
Menu items change every 3-4 weeks and this summer the restaurant will host a weekly dinner special for only $25 called Staff Meal along with Bring Your Own Dog Brunch every Saturday!
In addition to highlighting and sourcing local ingredeints, Square 1682 is Philadelphia’s first Leed-certified restaurant with a strong commitment to ecologically responsible culinary practices and dedication to independent farmers, local purveyors, boutique ranches and sustainable fisheries. We enjoyed a sample of Grilled Zucchini with figs and goat cheese that was a beautiful taste of the vegetables in season. Don’t forget the delicious Punch Drunk Love cocktail with Tito’s Vodka, Aperol, lemon, grapefruit, grenadine, and Brut. The Deviled Eggs with braised Berkshire pork, and pickled ramp are also a treat- grab these on special during Center City Sips Happy Hour on Wednesdays!
If you’re like classic cocktails why not try the Moscow Mule with Absolute Vodka or the Vesperwith Bluecoat Gin, Grey Goose, and Lillet Blanc15. We’d highly recommend the Grilled Octopuswith Capsicum, peanut potatoes, and Shishito peppers or one of the most popular menu items- the Bacon Wrapped Dates with local goat cheese, piquillo peppers, and mustard vinaigrette.
Vegans and vegetarian diners will rejoice when they see the menu here. The Wild Mushroom Tart is a vegetarian’s delight with Brie, petite vegetables, and truffle essence. This is one of the most filling vegetarian dishes we’ve enjoyed in the city. The Spring Lentil Stew is vegan and made with Du puy lentils, ancient grains, smoked tomato, spring vegetables, and chimichurri. You won’t believe all the flavor that is packed in this stew.
Of course Square 1682 has only the best Skuna Bay Salmon, soured ethically and paired with a potato chorizo risotto, melted leek, and citrus glaze. This dish is another best selling menu item and personal favorite of Chef Mateo. We also enjoyed the highlights of Summer in the Berkshire Pork Chop over cheddar grits, charred kale, and sprinkled with pickled strawberry.
We had just enough room for dessert so we sampled the Carrot Cake and Cheesecake which were paired with some delicious homemade ice cream and perfectly satisfied our sweet tooth.
Stop by Square 1682 this summer to check out their special offer: Staff Meal. Now through August they will be offering a single tray dinner Monday through Friday complete with a Miller High Life pony for just $25! Everyday of the week will feature a different special, so you can keep coming back to try them all!
Monday: Buttermilk Fried Chicken, cabbage slaw and house-made pickles
Tuesday: Berkshire Pork Enchiladas in Salsa Guajillo, chips and guacamole
Wednesday: House-made pasta of the night with petite Caesar with garlic bread
Thursday: Vegetable Fried Rice, pickled vegetables, summer roll
Friday: Meatloaf, sautéed greens, whipped potatoes
AND Saturdays marks the return of Bring Your Own Dog Brunch (BYOD)
Square 1682 and former Chef Mateo have teamed up with Morris Animal Refuge, who offer innovative and high quality care for cats, dogs and other small animals and provide a full range of preventive, protective and adoption services for abused, neglected and abandoned animals in the Philadelphia region. Representatives and volunteers from Morris Animal Refuge will be on site with dogs in search of loving homes from 10:30am-12:30pm every Saturday throughout the summer.
Chef’s BYOD menu includes four canine-fabulous dishes for dogs to enjoy, such as Beggin’ Eggs & Taters with smoked bacon, scrambled eggs, parsley potatoes; Blue Ribbon Stew with organic chicken, steel cut oats, zucchini, carrots; Chili Chow with grass fed beef, rice, spinach, beans, bell peppers, aged cheddar; Peanut Butter Biscuits which are Chef’s homemade treats. Special BYOD cocktails will be offered as well including the Greyhound with Tito’s and grapefruit; the Pomeranian with Tito’s, pomegranate, lime, and club soda; and the Cocker Daniel with Tito’s, Pinot Gris, orange liqueur, and lemon strawberry basil syrup.
Events and Specials
Derby Day - Rittenhouse Square’s Square 1682 is serving up an alternative Louisville classic during this year’s Kentucky Derby. Guests can enjoy The Seelbach, a Great Gatsby-inspired bourbon-based cocktail mixed with Bluebird Four Grain Bourbon, for $10 all day on Saturday, May 6.
Tax Day Specials - Rittenhouse Square’s Square 1682 invites guests to enjoy their namesake Square 1682 Burger made with Cabot cheddar, onion marmalade, pecanwood smoked bacon and a side of fries for $10.40. For the same price, they also get to taste their deliciously made Macaroni and cheese with ham, béchamel, gruyere. These options will be available during lunch and at the bar all day and night - all in the name of Tax Day.