Reserve Steakhouse Calls Back to Bank Origins
by kristin detterline-munro
It has been centuries since Philadelphia reigned as the financial center of the US, but many of our most historic banks have enjoyed successful second acts as top steakhouses. And what better way to admire the intricate architecture within these former shrines to commerce than over a 10-ounce filet mignon and a shaken (not stirred) martini?
The latest in this gustatory revival is Reserve, which recently opened in the Corn Exchange Bank Building and is armed with the obligatory choice cuts and signature cocktails—but also boasts an aged bourbon menu comprising more than 100 different styles. There are familiar names like Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey and Jim Beam Black, but also more sophisticated sips from Black Maple Hill, Michter’s, and Hirsch. Savor these spirits in Philly’s only cigar room, a quiet hideaway outfitted with banquettes and offering premium puffs available on premise. Finish the evening at the 50-seat bar, whose serpentine design lines the grand main dining room. 123 Chestnut St., 215-964-6262.
photography by Andrew Kahl