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  • “Raised “right across the bridge” from the City of Brotherly Love, Stern is a New Jersey native who earned his stripes under a litany of big-name chefs—Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Daniel Boulud, Gray Kunz, Georges Perrier—before opening his own restaurants. His latest, R2L, is a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner that offers skyline views from the 37th floor of a Center City high rise.”

  • “With an eye to the future, Chef Daniel Stern takes the tradition of classic cocktail cuisine and brings it up-to-date with a modern twist—using his always-unexpected interpretation of American food. The food and service recall the elegance of the past with an atmosphere that invites and entices.”

  • “The summer harvest just keeps on giving at R2L, where a summer dinner series that revels in local farm product resumes on Tuesday, July 15. On the menu: Crudités and Dungeoness crab with Fat Cat butter; Clipper pappardelle with farm egg, guanciale, favas and garlic tops; Birchrun Hills Veal Hot Pot with tomatoes, bulb onions, cracked wheat, squash and blossoms; and Birchrun Blue cheese beignets with candied herbs and lemon curd.”

  • “Lined with windows, the dramatic dining room of R2L on the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place provides a glittering vista. Meanwhile, chef Daniel Stern’s always-inventive fine dining menu matches the sparkle of the lights outside.”

  • “For a venue with a view, chef Daniel Stern’s R2L has food that can live up to its surroundings. Customizable private dining options are available to accommodate small to mid-size parties, and you can buy out the full space for a reception of up to 300.”

  • “Perhaps you want Valentine’s Day dinner with a view? Stroll over to R2L in Center City. Located on the 37th floor of Liberty Place, take in stunning vistas of Philly that span over 40 miles. Their $85 three-course menu also hits a high note with selections like dry-aged Guinea hen and Peruvian chocolate mousse.”

  • “This upscale American resto nestled on the top of Two Liberty Place offers dessert as sweet as their views. This Valentine’s Day, pastry chef Peter Scarola will offer three special desserts for their holiday prix fixe menu, including a warm vanilla cake filled with vanilla ganache and topped with salted caramel sauce and dark chocolate paté.”

  • “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.”

  • “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.”

  • “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.”

  • “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.”

  • “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.”

  • “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.”

  • “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.”

  • “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.”

  • “The interior is a modern reflection of the building’s Art Deco heritage and adds sophistication and charm to the awe-inspiring 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.”

  • “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.”

  • “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?”

  • “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.”

  • “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.”

  • “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.”

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

  • 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.”