Whether you’re looking to spend your Sunday at Philadelphia’s only brunch party or simply trying to enjoy a great raw bar, Pennsylvania 6 should be on your list. Located off the corner 12th and Sansom, this prohibition-style restaurant features a great Raw Bar menu and lots of bubbly cocktails. Opened in 2013, the restaurant is named after the famous Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City.
Executive Chef Keith Bernstein and Executive Sous Chef Joe Andino design the menu of contemporary American dishes for the restaurant with specialties including Daily Fresh East and West Coast Oysters, Housemade Ricotta, Fried Shishito Peppers, and famous Lobster Roll Sliders served with duck fat fries.
The restaurant is decorated with red leather booths and Prohibition style decor that takes diners back to a different time. The restaurant is conveniently located next to the Loews hotel. Second and third floor private dining areas make this space great for special events and weddings.
Grab a seat at the downstairs or third floor bar to enjoy artfully crafted cocktails by mixologist Ryan Fenton and Wine & Spirits Director Ryan Miles. Penn 6 has a variety of bubbly drinks including some made with house-made tonic. The warm weather wouldn’t be complete without trying their Pineapple Elyxpress Cocktail with cherry blossom-infused Absolut Elyx, basil lime cordial, fresh pineapple and sparkling wine served for 2 in a copper pineapple mug. The lid of the pineapple can be removed to be used as a stand for your drink.
We also were quite partial to the Sassy Daisy made with Altos Reposado infused with chile, lime, cilantro, fresh sour mix, and completed with a chile salt rim and lime wedge. These drinks pair very well with the variety of plates from Penn 6’s raw bar including oysters, clams, cocktail shrimp, and lobster. We love the Daily Fresh East and West Coast Oysters- we tried the Bombay Washington State and Chesapeake Bay Maryland oysters. The Beer & Bacon Steamed Mussels are also extremely popular served in a broth made from Belgian ale, bacon, garlic, and plated with slices of crusty sourdough bread.
Other appetizers to snack on include Fresh Ricotta which is homemade and served with olive oil, black pepper, orange fig jam, and slices of crusty sourdough bread. If you’re a fan of chicken wings then go for the General Tso Wings for something a little bit different. They’re served with a side of house ranch, carrot, and celery sticks.
We also enjoyed the Crispy Calamari which are accented with a grilled half lime and a unique sweet chili sauce that truly makes the dish a stand out. Of course we cannot forget to mention the famous Duck Fat Fries served with lemon truffle aioli. These are the ideal salty snack to accompany a dish from the raw bar or to start your meal.
On the dinner menu there are many options for those who don’t particularly love seafood. The recommended dish of the night was the Berkshire Pork Collar. This hearty plate is served with bacon braised collard greens over cheddar grits and bathed in pork jus. The pork is fall off the bone tender after being slow cooked overnight. The Herb Roasted Chicken is also a bit hit. This comfort food type dish is presented with garlic mashed potatoes, bbq pearl onions, and asparagus.
The Lobster Roll Sliders are also a great option for a starter or entree. They’re served on three buttered slider rolls and a big helping of duck fat fries. Gluten-free diners enjoy the Pan Seared Salmon with cauliflower puree, bacon, brussels sprouts, and a port wine gastrique sauce. Penn 6 is also looking to add a vegan option to the menu soon!
Dessert of course is also tempting with new additions to the menu like Apple Crumb Cake and Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding– both served with a scoop of homemade ice cream!
Penn 6 is also serving up a spectacular brunch. Once a month their Not Your Basic Brunch (NYBB) serves as a Sunday Funday brunch party unlike anything you’ve seen in Philadelphia. Featuring $18 bottles of champagne and bottle service, guests enjoy this pay-as-you-go event which is dressed up with different themes. The restaurant transforms into a likely lounge from 2:00 -8:00 pm with sponsors like Effen Vodka and Barcadi Rum offering drink specials. Their Fishbowl drinks offered are the ultimate crowd pleaser.
Sunday, April 30th at 2 pm kicks of the 90’s NYBB party. The day pays tribute to boy bands, Z Cavaricci’s, grunge and flannels, George Foreman grills, and Oxy Clean, ‘Boyz n’ The Hood’ to ‘Clueless’… there are too many noteworthy things to mention about the 90’s! Everything great about the 90’s decade is rolled into one installment of Philly’s premiere Sunday party at Not Your Basic Brunch.
OpenTable offers reservations for dinner and regular brunch service on the weekends. Stop by Tuesday to Friday from 5:00- 7:00 pm for the $6 at 6 Happy Hour. After work, friends can sit back and enjoy the best $6 bubbly cocktails and libations including Sparking Sangria with spiced raspberry malbec syrup, and orange bitters or Dr. Neville made with house grapefruit liqueur, lillet rose, peychaud’s bitters, and orange peel. There is also the Treaty of Paris made with sparkling wine, honeydew, and St. Germain. Additionally Penn 6 offers $4 Philly Pale Ales and Bud Lights. Wednesday nights stop by late night 9:00 – 11:00 fpm for Reverse Happy Hour! Discounted light bites include Blistered Shishito Peppers with maldon sea salt and lemon, Crispy Calamari, Duck Fat Fries and Berkshire Pork Sliders (2) with pickled cabbage slaw, curry dijonnaise, and gem lettuce.