Stephen Starr’s popular Rittenhouse Square bistro pays homage to Paris
If you love Paris in the springtime, Parc is a veritable grand cru.
With Parc, famed restaurateur Stephen Starr brings a certain je ne sais quoi to Rittenhouse Square. Parc offers an authentic French bistro experience, fully equipped with a chic Parisian ambiance and gorgeous sidewalk seating overlooking the Square.
Parc’s menu encourages a joyful dining experience, where croissants, champagne and conversation are enjoyed in equal measure.
Sample hors d’oeuvres include salade lyonnaise with warm bacon vinaigrette and poached egg, escargots served in their shells with hazelnut butter and a crispy duck confit with frisée salad and pickled chanterelles.
Outstanding entrées include boeuf bourguignon with fresh buttered pasta and steak frites with peppercorn sauce. A variety of plats du jour are also offered, including a seafood-rich bouillabaisse on Fridays and a sumptuous coq au vin, perfect for Sunday night suppers.
And what’s an authentic French meal without wine? More than 160 expertly chosen varietals are offered by the bottle, with more than 20 available by the glass.
See and Be Seen
With seating for more than 75 at its sidewalk and window seating, Parc has instantly become one of the best places in Philadelphia for alfresco drinking and dining.
The awning-covered seating wraps around the restaurant’s two sides and overlooks Rittenhouse Square, one of Philadelphia’s most popular public spaces.
The aroma of freshly baked breads fills the air as one enters Parc’s casual front room, which is clad in hand-laid Parisian tiles in shades of ecru and green.
Red leather banquettes flanked by frosted glass offer subtle intimacy, while well-worn wooden chairs, reclaimed bistro tables and mahogany paneled walls give the room a sense of place.
The more formal dining room provides a slightly more sophisticated experience while maintaining the energy and emotion of a bustling brasserie.
To put it simply, Parc is nothing short of an authentic Parisian dining experience — right here in the heart of Rittenhouse Square.
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