Located at 12th and Market, in the first floor of the historic PSFS building, Philadelphia’s first skyscraper is one of the best restaurants in the city, Bank & Bourbon. Treat your special someone to an equally special meal this Valentine’s Day. On Thursday, February 14th and enjoy a three-course prefix menu for $65 per person (plus an optional $35 beverage pairing).  Bank & Bourbon opened in April 2014 and its name comes from the unique barrel aging program for Bourbon, Whiskey and Rye spirits, offered under the direction of a Bourbon Master. They even feature a locker program where bourbon, whiskey and rye enthusiasts can keep their favorites on-site or age their own spirit.

Entering the restaurant you’ll notice the atmosphere blends classic mid-century architecture with a comfortable, relaxed décor. Exposed pipes and wooden beams on the ceiling, tufted leather banquettes, rugs and wooden floors offer a casual, rustic, modern, approachable setting. We passed the barrels of bourbon, whiskey, and rye to stepped into a private dining room for a sample of the new menu.

This Valentine’s Day, enjoy an evening at Bank & Bourbon with a special three course menu prepared exclusively by Chef Joe Thomas Jr. You’ll wamr your soul with some Butternut Squash Soup kicked up a notch with duck confit and caramelized apples. Perhaps you’d enjoy a classic aphrodisiac like Raw Oysters topped with rainbow trout caviar, and served on ice with champagne mignonette. Other starters include Cauliflower Salad with cypress grove lamb chopper cheese, grapes, watercress, and sherry vinaigrette. We also loved the Beet Cured Hamachi Crudo with cucumber, citrus segments, and  balanced with white soy vinaigrette.

For your main course, options include seafood, steak, chicken or pasta. Including Bank & Bourbon’s signature Roasted Lancaster Chicken with salsa verde, fingerling potatoes or Verlasso Salmon with baby beets, cipollini onions, and herb nage. The Truffle Pappardelle is served with braised short rib, wild mushrooms, gremolata.  Of course they’re serving a classic Filet Mignon with roasted carrots, maitake mushroom, cripsy potato, spinach puree and Seared Scallops with cauliflower three ways, and pine nut-raisin brown butter.

No meal is complete without dessert, especially not on Valentine’s Day! Guests enjoying the special menu will enjoy a Passion Fruit Tart or a dessert selection including Chocolate Cake with La Colombe latte ice cream, feuilletine chocolate crunch or the homemade Glazed Carrot Cake Donut with vanilla ice cream. 

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If you’re stopping by after Valentine’s Day we’d recommend the Taste of Ham, accompanied by crusty bread and goat butter (more rich and creamy than any butter you’ve ever had before). Three hams are offered on the plate, Hamery from TN, Benton’s Ham from TN (our absolute favorite!) and Creminelli Proscuitto from UT. At lunch check out the Dry Aged Burger with poblano pepper, pickles, sharp cheddar, and green herb sauce is a surefire win. No matter what time of year, this burger will always be a favorite of restaurant patrons.

If you’re looking for something a bit more indulgent try the Crispy Chicken Sandwich or Crispy Pork Belly Sandwich that are served with a side of delicious handcut Parmesan Rosemary Fries. And carnivores of all types will enjoy the 32 oz. Dry-Aged Cowboy Steak (for 2) with crispy fingerling potatoes, and the 18 oz. Bone-In NY Strip with watercress salad. The Honey Brined Duroc Pork Chop with wilted greens, pickled red onion, white sweet potato, and whole grain mustard jus; and Seared Duck Breast creamed baby turnips, pistachio-crusted squash, figs, and trumpet mushrooms are not to be missed as well. Seafood lovers will enjoy the Whole Fish daily special, or Ahi Tuna with eggplant caponata, lemon vinaigrette,  and micro greens.

Whether it is Valentine’s Day or just anytime you want to enjoy a delicious meal- make sure to check out Bank & Bourbon inside the Loews Hotel serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekends. 

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