Village Whiskey, Jose Garces’s long-awaited Rittenhouse gastropub will open Thursday, September 3 at 11:30 a.m, sometime after September 3. The menus for the James Beard Award-winning chef’s new spot have been released and now we know what that foie gras-topped Whiskey King burger we got a sneak peek of back in July, will cost. We guessed back then it was going to break the $20 mark and, oh, we were right. You may as well just take out that second mortgage now.
It’s $24 and that’s for 10 ounces of beef (sustainable, farm-raised, from Maine), foie gras, applewood-smoked bacon and blue cheese. The more low-key Village Burger, without all the bells and whistles, rings in at a much more wallet-friendly $9.
While the Whiskey King will ring in at the priciest burger in town that we know of, it’s more likely a buzz-building burger in the vein of the $100 cheesesteak at Barclay Prime - which has quietly disappeared from the menu, but not before generating a mountain of national press for Starr - or the $5.95 Butcher and Singer burger.
Other menu items that intrigue: duck fat fries with Sly Fox cheddar dipping sauce, an array of pickled vegetables, house-made cheese puffs, soft pretzels and tater tots and Kentucky fried quail. If you’d like to see the menus in their entirety, we have the food menu and the dessert menu.
Check out the specialty drinks, broken into Prohibition and Repeal sections in the cocktails, wine and beer menu and, of course, the very long list of the brown liquor that the restaurant takes its name from can be found here.
Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to midnight, Sunday 4p.m. to 11 p.m.
Village Whiskey, 118 S. 20th St.; (215) 665-1088