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  • “Though we can’t speak for NYC, there’s a wealth of sugar-wielding talent in Philadelphia right now (perhaps all Platt needs is a trip 90 miles south). Click through to meet 13 of Philly’s best pastry chefs, so you know where to go when you’re seeking something special and sweet.”

    Sweet Scoop: 13 Pastry Chefs to Know in Philly

  • “A chef with a summer farm connection is like a kid in a candy store: so much bounty it’s hard to figure out what to do with it all. Chef Daniel Stern is making use of the season’s fresh fruits and vegetables in a weekly summer harvest dinner at R2L.”

  • The New Face(s) of Pastry, an East Coast-West Coast Primer

    “As a top pastry chef in the City of Brotherly Love, Peter Scarola knows that the way to his brethren’s hearts is through their sweet tooth. He set out to seduce diners with his mix of comforting flavors and fanciful presentations, ending meals at R2L in confectionary crescendo. Scarola dabbles in modernist technique, and his platings are distinct and contemporary, but he’s a firm believer in the foundations of pastry. “My style is a natural progression from the classics,” he says. “I’m still trying to perfect [them] and constantly develop and improve on the basics.”

    2013 Rising Star Chef Peter Scarola

  • “R2L is an experience as captivating as it is elevating.”

  • “R2L Makes a Cheesesteak Eclair for Tony Luke, Jr.”

  • Eleven more restaurants you won’t want to miss… A grand view from the thirty-seventh floor, and Chef Daniel Stern’s menu of global and American Fare. What to order: rabbit taquitos with jalapeno mousse.”

    Esquire
  • “Chefs’ most stimulating dishes: eye-popping, mouthwatering, aromatically exhilarating – Chef Daniel Stern’s deconstructed Caesar salad at R2L in Philadelphia includes a dollop of mousse-like dressing thickened with agar.”

  • “Visit R2L on the 37th floor of Two Liberty, and here’s what you’ll find gliding through the dining room: a sleek, custom-made stainless steel [bar cart] kitted out with storage for glassware and all the proper tools for whipping up a martini or champagne cocktail right at your table -  cocktail service is one retro trend we think may catch on.”

  • “Chef Daniel Stern… finds himself on top of things – the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place, in fact – with the handsome, contemporary-meets-deco R2L, where the spendy American menu is augmented by an assortment of clever bar snacks and drinks that pay homage to classic cocktails; every seat offers a view, either of the cityscape or the open kitchen.”

  • “[R2L features] fourteen sumptuous banquettes with window seats for spectacular but not vertigo-inducing south and west views. “

  • “Whether you’re a corporate bigwig, or an up-and-coming entrepreneur, a solid go-to list of power lunch spots is an occupational must-have. After all, great business deals are never brokered on an empty stomach.”