It took Philadelphia's Peter Woolsey awhile, but he finally found the right building and the right menu and the right everything to complete his newest restaurant offering. La Peg opened recently as part of the FringeArts Festival, welcoming guests nightly for dinner or late-night drinks at the bar.
La Peg works to complement the already incredible contemporary arts organization FringeArts by providing cuisine that sets itself apart and gets noticed. No artist wants their performances to come off as dull and lackluster. The same is true here. Chef Nich Bazik does his best to assure that each dish he prepares is done with care and quality.
La Peg offers visitors and residents of Philadelphia a great place to drink, unwind and enjoy the arts — Photo courtesy of Simon Cocks
What can you expect at this 100-plus-seat venue? First, enjoy the large choice of items on the menu, perhaps opting for several small-plate options. This allows you to try a variety of their offerings, if you so desire.
Or you can simply settle on one favorite. Choices include steak frites, pan-roasted striped bass, salmon, beef tartar, bone marrow, lamb shoulder and snails – just to get you warmed up. There are also plenty of choices for soup, salad, vegetables, cheese and sandwiches.
Lest you think the chef has forgotten dessert, it's safe to say you'll not leave La Peg disappointed. From beginning to end, snacks to dessert, La Peg tantalizes your taste buds and pleases your palate. Thankfully, lunch and brunch hours will be added soon.
Taking up residence on Columbus Boulevard in what was formerly a high-pressure pump station for the Philadelphia fire department, La Peg's building offers diners fantastic views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Forty-five-foot-tall ceilings with large windows treat the eye to the lights and sights of the city rather than a plain old wall.
Patrons can also choose to sit at one of the 40 seats outside in the garden.
You can enjoy a view of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge while dining at La Peg — Photo courtesy of Jason Murphy
If dining isn't on the menu for the night, La Peg is also a great destination for grabbing a beer and meeting friends. Eight taps and a wide variety of beer choices are available in addition to other beverages options.
The restaurant is also casual, so no need to don your finest attire to visit. Simply freshen up, make a quick reservation and come see what this artistic new venue has to offer your crowd.
Whether you're coming to Old City and FringeArts to see a show, treat yourself to a delicious dinner or enjoy a night out with friends or coworkers, La Peg is a venue that simply won't be upstaged.