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Restaurant Aleksandar

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$$$$215-279-7738
Hours:MON
10AM-11PM

There’s been lots of buzz about Restaurant Aleksandar, the upscale Eastern European spot just off Rittenhouse Square. And the excitement isn’t without merit: the revamped V Street space offers a moody scene (all earth tones, dim lighting, and dramatic paintings from the owner’s mom lining the walls), an impressive bar and wine list, and a few standout dishes–we love the short rib pasta with Kennett Square mushrooms and horseradish creme fraiche, and nearly fought over the duck fat french fries. But there are some major misses, too, like undercooked scallops, an unseasoned New York strip, and cloyingly sweet peaches and cream. While the menu is uneven, we’d head back here for a boozy date night or dinner with the parents.

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