1523 Walnut St.
Phone: 215-567-1000; website
Status: Opens today at 6 p.m.
Le Bec-Fin re-opens tonight at 6 p.m., showing off new owner Nicolas Fanucci's vision of the next phase in Philly's most-famous restaurant. Eater visited with Fanucci last week, and got a sneak peek at the new decor and restaurant layout. They knocked the dining room table count down to 11, and the downstairs bar has been updated and re-named Chez Georges, to honor former owner Georges Perrier.
The menu is prix-fixe only and will set you back $150, immediately making Le Bec-Fin the most expensive restaurant in Philly. That price tag gets you at least 8 courses by new chef Walter Abrams, a veteran of Thomas Keller's orbit, and most recently executive chef at Spruce in San Fran. The wine list is curated by Philippe Suriat, and makes a return to the top-heavy jewels that once graced the Le Bec-Fin cellar.
Food will not be served in Chez Georges for the first week they're open, and most of the dinner reservations are spoken for until then. But, drinks are available if you want to catch a glimpse of the new space. Word of warning to the unwashed: jackets are required upstairs in the dining room.
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