Like contemporary art, contemporary cuisine may look complicated, but it all makes sense once you taste it. Savor the flavor of mouth-art with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of contemporary American cuisine from sonata restaurant in Northern Liberties. A BYOB establishment, sonata focuses on imaginative dishes with seasonal ingredients that are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palette. The dinner menu offers feast-launchers concocted with surprising ingredients, such as the crispy pork belly served with smoked tomato marmalade, compressed apple, and calvados molasses ($10). Fresh seafood and meats populate the entree selections, including the signature butter-poached lobster mac 'n' cheese with fresh paparadelle noodle, chanterelle mushroom, and fontina cheese ($27). Taking in the elegant and inspired plating of each dish served in the well-pointed modern dining room may fulfill any court-mandated museum visits you need to make this year.
Sonata restaurant was reviewed in the Philadelphia City Paper. Zagat rated the food very good to excellent, and OpenTable reviewers give it a 4.3-star average. Ninety-six percent of Urbanspooners recommend it.
- Sonata chef/owner Mark Tropea demonstrates an ability to orchestrate simple ingredients into sophisticated, satisfying compositions. The practice that demonstrates this the most is the combination of earth and sea, his most adventurous combo being the lobster "mac and cheese,” where a whisper of mild fontina is a harmonious partner for the crustacean, house-made pappardelle and chanterelle mushrooms. – Philadelphia City Paper
Northern Liberties/ Fishtown
1030 N American St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123Get Directions