Last night, FCM Hospitality and Avram Hornik debuted the newest Rittenhouse Square hideaway, NoChe.
On the rainiest, chilliest night in December (until this Christmas weekend), FCM Hospitality and Avram Hornik opened its warmest room in Rittenhouse with the upscale cocktail lounge and small plate salon, NoChe at 1901 Chestnut Street.
Black velvety in furnishings, lined with chandeliers and dark, Hornik had this space for ten years and ran NoChe as a nightclub/dance floor between 2004 to 2014. Now, with its art deco-themed bar curated, tailor-made cocktails, tableside immersive drink experiences, and post-tapas menu items, NoChe is a different sort of dance – a Tango rather than a Cabbage Patch.
Not many places are left in town, that will serve caviar. NoChe does (three different experiences) along with delicate lamb meatballs, various charcuterie and cheese boards (try the fried manchego) and thick, crunchy grilled bread and butter boards offering additional morsels such as sardines, yellowfin tuna belly and scallops.
The debut of the cocktail board completed table side is truly the most opulent part of the experience, one allowing guests to be a part of the process – such as the one I experienced, the Campfire Old Fashioned with Bacon washed Makers 46 Bourbon, maple, smoked chili bitters and torched Cinnamon was very warming indeed.