If you’re someone who loves the comfortability of a classic pub, but also has a little bit of classy taste, your new favorite spot in Philly will be The Goat.
The new Rittenhouse hotspot comes from Fergie Carey and Jim McNamara—- who own another well-known staple in the City of Brotherly Love, Fergie’s Pub. The Goat officially opened its doors last week, and already hungry and thirsty Philadelphians have been flooding the new neighborhood spot, and it’s only the beginning.
“With The Goat, we aim to bring a solid pub and kitchen to the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood with a nice range of smartly priced, approachable beers and wines, and a nifty menu from Chef,” said Carey in a release. “We, of course, will have a great burger and many vegan and vegetarian options. We shall be a smart, fresh looking pub that anyone in Philly would want on their block. The new corner staple bar – that is polished but definitely not in any way pretentious.”
The elevated yet accessible fare comes from Chef Adrian Geronimo, whose brother is the culinary whiz at Fergie’s Pub. Keeping it in the family has proved to be successful with a delicious variety of upscale pub fare being offered at The Goat.
“The Goat will present a menu of elevated comfort food prepared with fresh local ingredients that is both vegetarian and vegan-friendly,” said Geronimo in a release. “The inspiration for the dishes at The Goat comes from my years of experience working in a multitude of restaurants of diverse cuisines throughout Philadelphia. My passion is creating a diverse menu merging flavor profiles from different influences to elevate traditional dishes. In addition to classic pub favorites, I always pay special attention to serving vegetarian and vegan options. Using the same flavor and marination techniques I am able to create warm comfort food for plant-based eaters.”
Highlighted menu items include short rib poutine (with cheese curds, potato wedges and scallions), pork belly mac and cheese (with cavatappi pasta, creamy cheese sauce and jalapeño herbed breadcrumbs), a seitan bulgogi bowl (with carrots, radish, lettuce, cucumber, daikon and soy-ginger sauce), a green chile BBQ jackfruit sandwich (avocado slaw, pickled red onions, pretzel burger bun and served with a baby green salad), blackened salmon or tofu (with whole grains, roasted veggies, salsa verde and baby greens) Mom’s Apple Dumpling (with cinnamon sauce and whipped cream) and much more.
And what would a pub be without drinks? The Goat certainly has you covered on that front. Philadelphians can sip on an array of beer, wine, cider, gluten-free beer, hard seltzer and cocktails.
The Goat is also offering a great Happy Hour deal, which undoubtedly will help make getting through the workday that much easier.
According to the release, happy hour will run Monday to Friday, from 4 pm to 6 pm, with $6 house wines and $4 select drafts. Select bites such as crispy cheese curds, brussels sprouts and potato wedges with rosemary, parmesan and truffle oil will also run for $5 during happy hour.
With any pub, even an upscale one, the vibe and atmosphere are meant to be comforting like a warm hug— which is the exact vision of The Goat as well.
“The vibe inside will also mirror our food and drink program, as being approachable, smart, and tasteful. We hope to be the mid-priced range pub for the neighborhood. We have options and price points that we hope will bring in neighbors several times a week,” Carey added in a release.
At this time, The Goat offers two oval-shaped bars, one seating 22 and the other 30, plus two dining areas seating 80 people, with both also including their own cozy fireplace. Once the warm weather hits, outside seating will also debut. 3
The Goat (1907 Sansom St.) is now open. For more information visit thegoatphilly.com