After a quiet soft opening over the weekend, husband-and-wife team George and Jennifer Sabatino are finally ready to debut Aldine. The Rittenhouse-adjacent spot (in the former home of partner Avram Hornik's Noche) will officially open its doors tomorrow, October 28, at 4 p.m.
The space was designed by Boxwood Architects, who have been awfully busy in recent years tailoring spaces for the likes of CookNSolo and Garces. The room seats 70, with an open kitchen and a full bar. Jennifer heads up the bar program, which in addition to its lists of craft cocktails, beer, and wine, may have one of the most interesting lists of non-alcoholic beverages around. (Smoked Assam tea with blood orange and ginger is just one example of the soda flavors she's worked out.)
For now, George (who's been out of the spotlight for a bit while working on opening, but created a hell of a lot of interest during his time in the kitchen at Stateside and Morgan's Pier) is putting out an a la carte menu only. But he plans to launch tasting menus in a few weeks, which will run $55 for four courses (whether you choose the "herbivore" or "omnivore" option), with a beverage pairing available for an additional $30.
Desserts come courtesy of Sara May, who nabbed a StarChefs Rising Star Artisan nod in 2012 and has since worked at both Little Nonna's and Vedge.
Dinner hours are 4 to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; 4 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 4 to 9 p.m. on Sunday. (The bar will remain open until 1 a.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and until midnight on Sunday.)
Aldine, 1901 Chestnut St., (215) 454-6529, opens October 28.