Written by: Rich Terepak Sr.
Date: November 3, 2017
When the beautifully restored LeVeque Tower opened its doors at W. Broad and Front Street in 1928 under a different name, it was the tallest structure between New York City and Chicago. The latest incarnation includes a chic and cozy bar and restaurant under the management in the top tier of Marriott Hotel boutique properties.
The restoration honors the Art Deco style of the original. It is a classy and very “downtown,” a venue well worth a visit.
The intimate bar at The Keep opened several months ago. The restaurant opened first for dinner in late summer and now is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The bar spans three separate sitting areas, the last of which opens to bar seating. The bar is stocked well, to say the least, with 67 whiskeys from Canadian and American to Irish and Japanese. At least 30 blended and single malt scotches are available. Of course, specialty mixed drinks and plenty of wine and beers are on hand as well.
Bar munchies include a cheese and charcuterie platter ($18), deviled eggs ($8), halibut ceviche ($14), among several others.
The equally intimate dining room seats about 80 and is adjacent to the open kitchen area.
On our last visit, we tried the grazing menu and a couple of the specialty drinks.
Of the nine offerings, we selected the foie gras mousse served with house pickles, port gelee and a grilled baguette ($14), the melted eggplant with golden raisins, pine nuts and grilled flatbread ($10) and the lump crab with avocado, charred bell peppers, green gazpacho and brioche ($12). Each plate was well prepared, especially the crab and gazpacho.
As for drinks, I tried The Citadel made with Bulleit Bourbon and ginger beer ($12) and my wife had the In Brasserie Fashioned ($12), an old fashioned made with bourbon, St. Germaine and an angostura infused ice ball. Both were fun, but we will stick with our favorite gin martinis next time.
The rest of the menu includes five offerings at the Raw Bar, six main courses, two soups and two salads – plenty of choices. We went with the grazing menu because that is where a chef demonstrates his or her creativity. We were duly impressed, and will return.
The Keep Liquor Bar
50 W. Broad St.
Monday – Friday
Breakfast: 6:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Lunch: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dinner: 5 to 10 p.m. (11 p.m. on Friday)
Brunch: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dinner: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Brunch: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dinner: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. to midnight