Food & Drink

Abe Fisher

A culinary mixed bag of the foods of the Jewish Diaspora.

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The well-stocked bar at Abe Fisher. Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia
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Overview

The elements of Jewish cuisine are nothing if not varied.

To some, Jewish food means matzo ball soup and latkes; to others, though, traditional fare also includes smoked meats, cured fish and even Chinese fried rice.

These diverse flavors are all legit at Abe Fisher, the brand-new restaurant from CookNSolo Restaurants inspired by the culinary mixed bag of the foods of the Jewish Diaspora.

Two of Philadelphia’s masters of pioneering culinary offerings, restaurateurs Steve Cook and Michael Solomonov, are also responsible for the dining delights at Zahav, Federal Donuts, Dizengoff, Rooster Soup Co. and Goldie.

Helming the kitchen at Abe Fisher, Chef Yehuda Sichel executes a menu that pulls together centuries-old flavors that range from Budapest to Montreal to Brooklyn, creating a meal and an atmosphere that both modernizes and elevates the long-familiar classics of Jewish soul food.

The Food & Drink

With practically the whole globe to draw inspiration from, the dining menu at Abe Fisher is eclectic and exciting.

Protip: don't miss the $39 prix-fixe dinner option.

Made up of three categories of small plates, diners can pick and choose a la carte; or, better yet, set sights on tasting multiple dishes with the $39 prix-fixe option.

Chef de Cuisine Yehuda Sichel’s creativity shines through in such dishes as borscht tartare with trout roe and sour-cream-and-onion potato chips; salmon belly gravlax with smoked salmon hash; stuffed trout gefilte fish (yes, gefilte fish!); veal schnitzel tacos with health salad; corned pork belly with challah pretzel; and dry-aged lamb steak with potato latke.

A full bar stars craft cocktails, interesting wines by the glass and craft brews on tap, as well as in the bottle.

A deep list of amaro, scotch, whiskey, brandy and rum will make perfect pairings for a dessert of apple strudel or sour-cherry soup, completing a meal any Bubbe would be proud of.

The Layout

Located directly next door to Dizengoff and just across the street from Federal Donuts, Abe Fisher completes a trio of dining destinations for CookNSolo on Sansom Street.

Designed by Boxwood Architects, the 1,500-square-foot space feels both polished and familiar with lots of woodwork, marble and custom steel, as well as slick black-and-white marble floors — reminiscent of a classic Jewish deli — and smooth green leather chairs, stools and banquettes that seem to invite diners to sink in and stay awhile.

At just 50 seats, with another 10 at the bar and two at the chef’s counter (for walk-ins only), Abe Fisher is intimate, too, and most diners can dig in to a meal in full view of the open kitchen, where chefs Michael Solomonov and Yehuda Sichel, a longtime Zahav man, prepare a whole feast of creative cuisine.

More CookNSolo Restaurants

The Philly-born CookNSolo Restaurants family — lead by co-founders Mike Solomonov and Steve Cook — is made up of six concepts, some of which can be found in multiple East Coast cities.

Keep it in the family by checking out the group’s other fantastic restaurants, including:

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