Spread the word: Talk, from Tim Lanza and Andrew Kochan of West Philly standout Marigold Kitchen, is now open in Rittenhouse. The new restaurant, located at 2121 Walnut Street in what was photo studio L’Image, has a chic Art Deco look and a menu of mostly small plates, along with some eye-catching desserts and inventive cocktails. For now, it’s open from 4 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday. Look for lunch and brunch to be added as the restaurant settles in.
Unlike at Marigold Kitchen, Talk’s dishes are al la carte (plus it has the liquor license; Marigold is BYOB). The common thread is a creative new American menu: eclairs filled with chicken liver, panzanella with strawberries and burrata, fluke crudo on sticks of watermelon with cucumber and chili. Larger plates include spaghetti in a parmesan broth with prosciutto, fig, and morel mushrooms and scallops with succotash, country ham, cornbread, and huitlacoche, also known as corn smut.
The restaurant’s name is an acronym for the owners’ initials: Tim Andrew Lanza Kochan.
Chef Lanza will be concentrating on Talk. Eric Leveille left the about-to-close Whetstone Tavern to take over the kitchen at Marigold last month.