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Franklin Square saw the opening of a new American restaurant, Pennsylvania 6, over the weekend. The name of the restaurant is a nod to Hotel Pennsylvania, the first social scene in Manhattan where entertainers and political players would come together over food and hand-crafted cocktails.


The restaurant seats more than 250, including about 75 in the bar and lounge area with 28 additional seats on the patio. The décor is a focus on the “ 1940’s, Hollywood-glam era.” The venue features an antique marble-topped raw bar with an open kitchen, a vintage den with a candlelit hearth for cocktail lounging, and a show stopping dining room complete with golden chandeliers.


The classic American menu offers cheese, salad, dips with grilled bread, and sandwiches. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of Pennsylvania 6 is the cocktail menu. Highlights are the Grapes of Wrath, made with bourbon, muddled brandied grapes and grapefruit, house grapefruit liqueur, aromatic bitters and the Mirage, a concoction of cactus pear infused vodka, fall spice, orange liqueur, pomegranate, and lime. What I especially love is the champagne cocktail section of beverage menu; the Dr. Neville, made with lillet rose, house grapefruit liqueur, and peychaud bitters is especially fabulous.


For anyone who works downtown and is looking for an upscale, champagne-fueled post-work happy hour, this is your new spot.