Stephen Starr’s elegant modern steakhouse on Rittenhouse Square
Located right on Rittenhouse Square, Barclay Prime is Stephen Starr’s foray into the realm of American steakhouses — and a mighty fine one at that.
The setting is immaculate: dark wood, glass chandeliers and marble tiles combine with lightly colored furniture for a sophisticated feel that lacks the stodginess of so many older steakhouses. This overtone of fresh originality seems to extend through every aspect of Barclay Prime.
The menu features many traditional favorites, however, it is the new creations and the quality of ingredients that set it apart. Organic chicken arrives daily from an Amish farm in Lancaster; melt-in-your-mouth rib eye from New York’s famous Gachot & Gachot; and tuna from South Philly’s own Samuel & Sons for the increasingly popular Tuna and Beef Tartare.
Even Philadelphia cuisine is given its due: the famous (or infamous depending on who you ask) $100 Cheesesteak is a hugely popular item. Parties often split the dish (or two) as an appetizer for the table. (Be aware that pre-ordering the cheesesteak is required — call (215) 732-7560 to secure your order.)
Made with Kobe beef, shaved truffles, lobster tail, triple cream Taleggio cheaese, carmelized onions and heirloom tomatoes and assembled on a homemade brioche bun, what is surely the fanciest cheesesteak ever made also comes with a small bottle of champagne.
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Philadelphia, PA 19103
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