It's a tricky business marrying live music with a high-level dining experience, but Heritage, Jason Evenchik's (Time, Garage, et al.) latest in NoLibs, navigates those waters deftly enough to merit a sunny two-bell review from the Inquirer's Craig LaBan.
Chef/"master of the Artful Pile" Sean Magee's cooking gets high marks, despite some disappointing shellfish, "underperforming" desserts, and a handful of dishes that cried out for some tweaks or refinement. "For every mild misfire, there were two solid hits," comes Laban's estimate of the success-to-failure ratio, with roast chicken, whole trout, kale salad, brisket, rabbit sausage, and more falling squarely in the win column. And ultimately, this review gives itself over more to the emotional side of dining than the technical:
With great music beaming off the stage before us, serious food on our plates, and a glass of boozy happiness by my side, it's a recipe that works. Heritage manages to remind us how three such elemental pleasures of life - when presented in finely tuned balance - can add up to an experience that's greater than the sum of its parts.
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