In case you missed it, Rittenhouse’s Plenty Cafe at 1602 Spruce Street turned into a full-fledged, European-inspired, morning-to-night cafe, meaning, now, it’s so much more than just a coffee, sandwich and salad shop.
Today, Anthony and Damon Mascieri launched the new fall food and drink menus (below), complete with a new class of wines, cocktails, and beers perfect for the cooler temperatures. Its new 14-tap system pours three beers, nine wines, a sangria and a rotating cocktail, which, yes, is all well and good, but the really eye-catching stuff can be found on Plenty's aperitivi menu: Among the more typical options, unusual surprises like Patxaran, a Basque sloe berry liqueur, or Atxa Rojo, an annisey Spanish vermouth, or Kina L’Aéro d’Or, a bright, fruity Swiss-made quina, are served traditionally with soda and a twist.
Since launching its bar program, the wines at Plenty have been consistently impressive, tapping into some of Italy, Spain, France, Chile, Argentina, and the U.S.’s more interesting varietals. But hidden among the Grüner Veltliners and the Langhe Rossos is a Chambourcin from Milford, New Jersey — a town just an hour-and-a-half north of here with some damn-good rosé. Next week, October 24-25, the Rittenhouse shop will be offering half-priced draft wines after 5 p.m.
As for the Queen Village location, it’s "opening shortly."