Soft shell crab sandwich at Rittenhouse Tavern

MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff Photographer
MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff Photographer
Posted: June 14, 2012

One of the city's great underused alfresco dining spaces, the elegant walled garden behind the Philadelphia Art Alliance, has reopened in time for the balmy weather.

Even better, the recently opened restaurant now known as the Rittenhouse Tavern is featuring some stylish New American plates from former Le Bec-Fin chef Nicholas Elmi.

For a lunchtime bite of early summer at its best, go for the soft-shell crab sandwich, the meaty crustacean crisped inside a light tempura crust, then paired with the sweet-tart crunch of pickled pole beans, shredded cabbage slaw, and a spicy remoulade spread inside the airy crust of a warmed hoagie roll.

Tempura soft-shell crab, $15, Rittenhouse Tavern, Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St., 215-732-2412.  

— Craig LaBan

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