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May 6, 2013

Philadelphia’s Waterfront Beer Garden Morgan’s Pier Reopens Thursday, May 9, With A New Menu From Chef George Sabatino

Philadelphia's waterfront beer garden, Morgan's Pier, opens for the spring season on May 9. (Photo courtesy Morgan's Pier)

With its sweet Delaware River waterfront views, scores of alfresco tables, busy entertainment schedule and epicurean picnic fare, Morgan’s Pier is an ideal outdoor hangout.

Reopening for the season on May 9, Philly’s sprawling waterfront destination is back for its second year.

With room for more than 300 alfresco diners, there’s plenty of space for folks to experience chef George Sabatino’s new menu for the 2013 season, a fresh entertainment lineup and the new elevated “Crow’s Nest” viewing area.

Chef Sabatino, formerly of East Passyunk Avenue’s Stateside, has taken charge of the kitchen and created a polished picnic menu, as well as a vegetarian menu, kids menu and a new nightly prix-fixe menu.

The picnic menu, comprised of snacks, salads and sandwiches, is written to provide surefire eats for sun-soaked afternoons and balmy evenings.

Look for riverside-apropos fare like oysters and shrimp, as well as creative finger food like peel-and-eat peanuts, cheese-and-kale croquettes and blistered shishito peppers. Follow appetizers with a ginger-dressed carrot salad or classic burger.

The prix-fixe option, offered nightly 5 to 9:30 p.m., dishes two creative courses for $30 — think scallop crudo with blueberry dust, poached lobster salad and steamed whole fish.

Both casual and fine fare pairs with an extensive drink menu, including craft brews, house-made sangria, wine and cocktails.

But Morgan’s Pier is so much more than just a great restaurant and hangout. An already-packed calendar of live entertainment will keep folks dancing until the wee hours all season.

This Thursday, opening night brings out DJ and entertainer extraordinaire Dave P of Making Time to start the party at 10 p.m.

Following opening night, a solid array of live music — both DJs and bands — is already on the calendar.

With tons of free and cheap shows (admission is generally $5 Thursday through Saturday), expect crowds to come out en force.

The complete lineup of shows in May and June is still evolving, but free shows are lined up every Wednesday, June 5 through August 28. Already on the books are Scottish band We Were Promised Jetpacks on June 12 and contemporary electronic performer Cold Cave on June 19.

Morgan’s Pier Opens for the Season
When: Thursday, May 9
Where: 221 N. Columbus Boulevard
More info: www.morganspier.com

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