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  • R2L is a restaurant, bar, and lounge that’s full of chic and sophisticated details. The food menu includes New American fare such as Salmon Frites, Spice Crusted Roasted Tuna Loin, and Vegan Pot-au-feu. The dessert selection features sweet creations such as Frozen Basil Parfait, Warm Vanilla Cake with Caramel, and Lemon Tart with Ginger and Coconut.

    The cocktail, bar, and happy hour menus are filled with classics and innovative specialties like the Bramblin’ Rose and Keep Calm, which is a mix of Chammomilla liqueur, ginger, soda, and Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin. The bar also serves several different beers and a variety of white, red, and sparkling wines by the glass. The menu here is a bit pricey and most entrees cost over $30, but dining at R2L is a memorable experience due to its spectacular views.

  • Ring in 2016 on the 37th floor of Liberty Place. At R2L, early birds can enjoy a three-course dinner from 5-7 p.m. From 7:30-9:30 p.m., the menu expands to four courses and includes a champagne toast, party favors, live music and dancing. The bar and lounge will be open to the public until 9 p.m., at which points the area closes for a ticketed event. $75 per person from 5-7 p.m. (guaranteed window seating $95 per person); $150 per person from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

  • ‘Tis the season – for Ginger Bread Houses at Liberty Place!

    The 2015 Gingerbread House Display at Liberty Place will only be on display until Nov. 20. Today, Nov. 17, the display will only be available for a private event. Here is a sneak peek, in case you miss them and their compatible models. The Crew, Baker: Peter Scarola with R2L Restaurant/Lounge behind the creation of Liberty Place Gingerbread Skyscraper. 

    Two Liberty Gingerbread House-Peter Scarola

  • Dessert - Philadelphia - R2L

    At R2L, Chef/Owner Daniel Stern prepares creative New American fare made from ingredients sourced from local farmers. The setting — with wraparound windows that offer panoramic views of the city below — is sleek and inviting, perfect for lingering over that uncannily good sweet.


    Everything tastes better 37 floors up, especially the Live Long And… cocktail made with Grey Goose L’Orange, pomegranate shrub, and citrus. Or if you want something less fruity, opt for the Old Cuban with rum, champagne, mint, and vanilla cane syrup. Either way, you’ll be enjoying a great cocktail with one of the best views in the city. 50 S. 16th St., 215-564-5337

  • Treat mom to sweeping city views as R2L hosts both a Mother’s Day brunch and dinner. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., feast on a $75 three-course brunch with first course buffet, mains like morel frittata and wild striped bass with gnocchi, and shared black forest cake or passion fruit crémeux for dessert. For dinner, indulge in a $75 three-course menu that includes lobster bisque, chicken with fava beans and braised short rib. 

  • Must-do events for this year’s Science Fest | Dinner from the Weeds

    Forget about yanking moss, fungi, and algae from your lawn and tossing them. R2L owner/chef Daniel Stern and forager Tama Matsuoka Wong show how to use your common lawn for fanciful menu items, such as Bark and Wild Mushroom Velouté and Artemesia & Stinging Nettle Clam Dumplings that you can wash down with cocktails such as So Sumac Me.

  • With panoramic views 37 floors (that’s 500 feet) above the city, R2L is an obvious choice for impressive atmosphere. Dinner in a booth by a window is sure to be spectacular, but the bar and lounge area is also a stylish spot to meet with friends, coworkers or a date. Visit during happy hour Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to enjoy discounted snacks such as chilled oysters, sliders (plain, skate or shortrib) and grilled truffle flatbread. While the “Free Love” cocktail isn’t one of the happy hour specials, it’s worth the $15 splurge. Served chilled in a martini glass, Free Love is made with Oxley Gin, Pernod, vanilla syrup, espresso and fresh cream. It’s as smooth as it sounds, with hints of nutmeg, vanilla and anise flavors. Espresso gives it a little extra kick.

  • Dine with a view of the city. Located on the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place, R2L sits 500 feet above Philadelphia. The panoramic scenes are the perfect backdrop to a sophisticated evening. Elegant dishes from Chef Daniel Stern complete the experience. The menu changes seasonally, but a few winter dishes include vegetarian gnocchi carbonara, duck breast and the lobster dinner. Sides are meant to be shared, with the lobster macaroni and cheese as a standout favorite.

  • Paella Skewer at R2L

    “At Daniel Stern’s restaurant on the 37th floor of Liberty II, you can get a pair of skewers as a bar snack, but it’s more decadent to go for the entree that includes a spear, even if you’ll need to pick up a fork. Roasted lobster sits next to a bed of saffron risotto on which the grilled skewer rests, loaded with everything you’d find in a paella – think chorizo, shrimp, shishito pepper, chicken roulade, onion and more.”

  • “Situated on the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place, R2L is one of Philadelphia’s most stunning and dramatic restaurants, offering unimpeded views of the city for over 40 miles. The interior is a modern reflection of the building’s Art Deco heritage and adds sophistication and charm to the awe-inspiring views. The dining room is bordered by floor-to-ceiling windows, created the impression for the diner of being suspended in the sky. The restaurant’s website keeps a daily reminder of sunset hours, encouraging visitors to experience the most spectacular views. The food only ameliorates the aesthetic experience – owner and chef Daniel Stern is well-known for his elegant twists on American classics, with highlights from the menu including the grilled red wine-braised short ribs and the pumpkin French toast with oatmeal ice cream.”

  • “Seek Out A Deal. This may be obvious, but choose a restaurant where you’re actually getting a value.See the list below for restaurants where – on paper – $35 is indeed a deal ”

    R2L (American) usually sells the butcher’s filet and short rib combo for $36.


    “With amazing city views, animal-print booths, generally chic ambiance and excellent fare to match, R2L consistently delivers on-point dining experiences. The luxe vibe doesn’t fade during restaurant week, either.”

  • “This swanky hotspot takes all the guesswork out of planning a romantic sunset dinner — you need only check the restaurant’s website on any given day for the exact time the sun will begin to set and make your reservation accordingly. With modern, sleek décor, stunning views of the city and an award-winning menu, R2L is known for its vibrant social scene and ambiance. Check the website for the sunset schedule, dress code, hours and reservation information.”

  • “Get a view of the city in all its fall glory from the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place. At R2L, Chef Daniel Stern serves American cuisine with sophisticated, modern touches. The multi-colored beet salad features earthy flavors and a mixture of textures that make for a heartier salad that’s ideal for the season.” 

  • “Daniel Stern founder and head chef of the hip Philadelphia restaurant R2L alluded to business innovation in these terms last Saturday at the UNconference sponsored by the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia. “I started a restaurant to support my cooking habit” he said slightly self-deprecatingly. Genius, really: what better way to do the work you love? With all the rage of sourcing food locally, and knowing from where your food comes, Dan pointed out that this way of eating is not new at all: “People used to eat this way because it was the only way to eat.”

  • “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.”

  • “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.”