Rittenhouse is poised to add another eatery to its scene. The soon-to-be opened Almyra restaurant and bar will look to bring Greek dishes to the local food landscape. Set to open in early December, Almyra is the newest edition from the Estia Restaurant Group and will be located at the corner of 17th and Chancellor Streets, just one block from Rittenhouse Square.
Named after the Greek Goddess of sea breeze, the Estia Restaurant Group which have been pioneers of Greek cuisine in Philly for nearly two decades, promises “an authentic dining experience rooted in family tradition with global influences,” the group states.
Guests will enjoy a lineup of dishes from an open kitchen such as whole fish; crudo; rotisserie and grilled meats; skewers; and a variety of Greek-inspired appetizers, dips and spreads. Dishes can be paired with a rotating beverage menu boasting Greek spirits, liqueurs, and wines, such as Ouzo, Metaxa, Rakomelo, Mastiha, and more.
Menu highlights include:
· Tirokafteri // whipped feta, parmesan, jalapeño, lemon
· Patzaria // beets, lemon, labneh, garlic
· Almyra Salad // cucumbers, hearts of palm, kefalograviera, olives
· Greek Village Salad // tomato, cucumber and red onion, topped with feta mousse and dakos
· Greco Roll // salmon, sushi rice, cucumber topped with tarama and spicy mayo
· Crispy Rice // tuna, avocado, green olive tapenade
· Shrimp // Kadaifi wrapped jumbo shrimp served with spicy mayo and olive aioli
· Charred Octopus // grilled, served with red bell pepper, onion, capers, fava puree
· Tiropita Wonton // feta, cream, Greek hot honey
· Lamb Chops // herb-marinated Australian lamb, grilled and served with fried layered potatoes
· Short Ribs // slow braised beef with creamy feta mash
· Lavraki // whole grilled seabass, ladolemono
· Lobster Pasta // butter-poached, creamy roasted tomato, feta
· Chicken // Ground chicken thighs and Greek spices
· Steak // Filet mignon, onion, lemon, and olive oil topped with parsley chimichurri
· Shrimp // METAXA, ladolemono, red onion, cherry tomato
The 7,000 square foot space boasts a bright and airy 200-seat open-concept dining room with Grecian design elements drawing inspiration from the buildings, homes, and sights of the Mediterranean shoreline utilizing neutral colors, natural materials, and textured fabrics, complemented by cascading florals and greenery. A 45-seat custom-made marble-top bar sits to the right of the dining room with a sizable handmade chandelier complete with 177 glass roses serving as the focal point. Adjacent to the bar, a large wall installation designed by a friend of the Pashalis family (Estia Restaurant Group) draws the eye. The artwork features driftwood from the beaches in the family’s hometown of Nafpaktos, Greece.
“I want our guests to feel like they’re on vacation,” said Gus Pashalis, Regional Manager at Estia Restaurant Group. “This restaurant is designed to transport diners to the Greek Islands, from the food and beverage menus to thoughtful additions and purposeful design choices. The windows will all open to the street so our guests can enjoy a Santorini-like sea breeze while they eat and drink; there will be fresh florals and greenery throughout, similar to many European cities. We also installed a state-of-the-art JBL sound system feeding a lively bar scene into the late evening. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever heard in a restaurant.”
Almyra will open with dinner service 4pm-10pm daily; the bar will be open until 11 pm Wednesday and Thursday and 12 am Friday and Saturday with snacks from the kitchen. Guests can also enjoy happy hour food and beverage specials Monday-Friday, 4-6 pm.
Group bookings will be available upon opening. The semi-private dining room located at the rear of the restaurant boasts 30 seats at beautiful timber tables with windows on one side of the room, a wine display on the other.