Forsythia’s Refreshed Seasonal Menu & Cocktails Boast Autumnal Flavors and Flair

 Chef Christopher Kearse’s contemporary and innovative French restaurant and bar in Old City, Philadelphia, has artfully introduced a variety of carefully curated fall-themed menu items and cocktails, just in time for the season’s peak. The new additions maintain the elevated style synonymous with the restaurant’s usual offerings but infuse an autumnal, savory flair – inviting guests to fully immerse themselves in the spirit of the season and its distinctive flavors. The menu’s fresh additions can be enjoyed seven days a week, with select dishes and drinks available at Happy Hour, which runs Monday through Friday from 5-7pm, and Sundays from 5-9pm.


Revamped seasonal delights span the entire menu, featuring elevated appetizers and canapés that set the stage, such as Foie Gras Mousse ($20) with cassis, pumpkin seed granola, and black pepper-whole wheat brioche, Pumpkin-Black Truffle Beignets ($12) with apple butter-miso aioli, Stuffed Crêpe ($16) with kale, pumpkin, caramelized onions, and comté cheese fondue, Brandade Stuffed Piquillo Peppers ($15) with preserved lemon aioli, and Escargot Á La Provençale ($16) adorned with pernod-almond-tomato butter, pickled pearl onion, and bergamot crouton. The rich array of autumnal flavors continue to extend seamlessly into the menu’s entrées, which include:


  • Halibut Almondine ($44) – Haricot vert, pickled fresno chili, heart of palm, brown butter dashi
  • Barnegat Light Scallops ($38) – Parsnip, delicata squash, blue crab bisque
  • Smultz Stuffed Poulet Au Cidre ($45) – Petit chicken, Normandy cider, fuji apple, chanterelle mushrooms, cipollini onion
  • Bone Marrow Crusted Short Rib ($52) – Brussel sprouts, chestnut, red cabbage, sauce bordelaise
  • Ten-Day Dry-Aged Duck For Two ($140) – Rohan duck breast, confit wings, foie gras-bacon cassoulet, duck jus


Folks have the option to complement their meal with a hyper-seasonal side or two, including Brown Butter Potato Aligot ($14) served with raclette-gruyere cheese, and Braised Wild Mushroom Daube ($14) with guiness stout, barley, and chives. To complete the experience, a diverse selection of libations await, including an expansive range of wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages, and a bevy of imaginative cocktails, (all priced at $16), such as:


  • Gwyneth Paltrow’s Kid – Tequila, apple gastrique, apple brandy, lo-fi amaro, bitters
  • Rubik’s Cube – Rosemary infused vodka, chartreuse, smoked simple, lemon
  • Islay Roses On Your Grave – Laproaig Scotch, genepy, rose liquere, grapefruit, lemon
  • Whoop Pear It Is! – Gin, delletina prickly pear, Becherovka, pear-lemon & pernod foam
  • Eat To The Beet – Rye, amaro abano, beet infused vermouth rouge
  • Mike Teavee – Gin, rooibos and peppermint tea cordial, cinnamon, clove, lemon, all spice dram


“We aimed to encapsulate the warm and comforting essence that the fall brings, and we took a lot of pleasure in putting this menu together,” said Kearse. “We have always had a commitment to offering a lot of diverse flavors and creative reinterpretations of French fare, and I definitely think we succeeded in doing so with these dishes and cocktails.”


Locals and visitors alike can enjoy this revitalized menu daily, including the Chef’s Tasting Menu for $80, as the restaurant and bar have expanded hours of operation to seven days a week, in addition to happy hour from 5 – 7pm Monday through Friday, and 5 – 9pm on Sunday. While happy hour is walk ins only, reservations for dinner are highly encouraged and can be made via Resy.

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FORSYTHIA is a contemporary French restaurant from Chef Christopher Kearse located in Old City, Philadelphia.  A bright and airy décor creates inviting environs for guests enjoying dinner and drinks. A wood-burning oven and open kitchen overlook a dining room that’s stylish, refined, casual and comfortable — all at the same time. Design of the restaurant was inspired by intimate cafés found in Europe, but with a thoroughly modern interpretation via Philadelphia-based interior designers PS & Daughters. The restaurant is currently open Monday through Saturday for dinner service from 5 pm to 10 pm, and Sunday from 5 pm to 9 pm, and brunch service on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am – 2pm. | 233 Chestnut Street • Philadelphia | 215-644-9395 |  | IG: @forsythia_philly