Friday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m., George Sabatino plans to unlock the door of Aldine: - his long-in-the-works restaurant/bar on the northwest corner of 19th and Chestnut Streets (215-454-6529).
There is minimal signage outside. Use the brown door on Chestnut Street, to the left of ground-floor occupant Burger.org, and walk upstairs.
In the high-ceilinged dining room, Boxwood Architects went spare: dark oak wooden floors, plum and gray wall accents, lots of old photos, bamboo pots, an 8-seat, granite-topped bar lit under enormous globes, silver tin ceiling and open kitchen. The corner space overlooks the intersection.
Aldine: - say it "al-DEEN" (the colon is silent) - will offer only an a la carte menu ($10 to $22) in the early going. Plan is to focus on two tasting menus - one omnivore, one herbivore - each $55 per person and available by reservation only. Walk-ins and bar patrons can order a la carte.
No early menu was available Thursday, but a press release offered hints: herbivore dishes such as Cauliflower with orange rind, hazelnut and black truffle; Eggplant with panisse, yogurt and rosemary; and House Ricotta Gnudi with squash, shishito pepper and whey, and omnivore dishes including Uni Custard with trout roe; Cappelletti with capon sausage, lemon and sage; and Glazed Pork Belly with chili marinated squid, black rice cracker and mint.
Sabatino worked at Fork, Monk’s Cafe and Ansill before joining the Marcie Turney/Valerie Safran partnership on 13th Street at Lolita, Bindi and Barbuzzo. His first executive chef's role was at Stateside before he opened Morgan's Pier for Avram Hornik during its first summer, in 2013. His wife, Jennifer, will run the bar.
Aldine: - named after the Aldine Theatre that later was the Eric's Place (and is now the CVS on the opposite corner) - formerly was Hornik's Noche Lounge.
Hours: 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The a la carte menu will be available beginning at 4 p.m.
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