He originally hoped for February 2, but the opening of Jose Garces’ new market, Garces Trading Company, is now slated for Tuesday, February 16. In addition to prepared foods, plats du jour, house-baked bread, charcuterie, an eat-in cafe, a flower shop and his own line of coffee, which we told you about earlier, it will also be the site of the first PLCB standalone wine “boutique.” So you’ll be able to buy wine and food in the same place, just like they do in most of modern America. Read on for details…
Most of this was gleaned from the official press release. Stay tuned for more coverage as the opening gets closer.
-a cheese shop with French, Spanish and Italian cheeses with free samples and Garces’ signature cheese complements from Amada, including garlic dulce de leche and fig and cherry marmalade.
-house-cured and imported charcuterie
-a variety of imported single estate vinegars and olive oils from Spain, Italy and Greece
- Garces’ signature line of coffee
-“GTC at Home,” which offer people a chance to enjoy Chef Garces’ food in neatly packaged bags for convenient reheating.
There is also a menu of “European fare” available to eat in or to go, which may include pastas such as Pappardelle with lamb ragu, sun choke puree and piavecchio and Tuscan Fusilli alla Carbonara with guanciale, eggs, black pepper and pecorino; thin crust and deep dish pizzas (Chef Garces hails from Chicago); and daily changing plats du jour such as Coq au Vin, with pearl onions, mushrooms and potatoes on Mondays and Bouillabaisse with gambas, halibut, mussels, cockles and saffron ruille on Thursdays.
The Design: Jun Aizaki of Creme Design, who has done interiors for all of Garces’ other restaurants, has created an interior inspired by “merchant ships and open-air markets” with a series of stalls selling their wares. The cafe also seats “75 diners at high-top, butcher block tables. A florist stall, wine shop, coffee counter, bakery and cheese and charcuterie seller will ring the u-shaped space much like an outdoor market in Europe, framing the tables with delectable displays of their wares that include hanging cured meats and cheeses, sprays of blossoms and cases of wine.”
Location: 1111 Locust St.; (215) 574-1099
Hours: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.