Here's a sneak peek inside Abe Fisher, the new small plates concept from chef Michael Solomonov that will open on September 2 to showcase Jewish food "from everywhere but Israel." (It's "the inverse of [Zahav]," co-owner Steve Cook told City Paper.) We've already shared the full menu, which pulls influence from Jewish traditions around the world, placing borscht tartare and hot-smoked sable alongside shrimp fried rice and schnitzel tacos.
The 1,500 square-foot space was designed by Boxwood Architects (who also worked on Federal Donuts and Dizengoff) and prominently features custom steelwork by North Philly's Twelve26 Studio. Cook told us that they were after a modern look that draws on classic Jewish delis without being too obvious. Dark green banquets, touches of white tile, and a black-and-white checkerboard floor blend deli influence into an understated, upscale restaurant.
The dining room seats 50, with an additional ten seats at the full bar, which will be available to walk-ins. But the prime score for walk-ins will be a single pair of seats perched at the kitchen counter, which will provide the best view in the house and cannot be reserved. Reservations are live on OpenTable — as of now, tables are still available for opening night, though the prime timeslots have already been snatched up.