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Michael Solomonov And Steven Cook’s Citron And Rose Set To Open On The Main Line Wednesday, November 7

This Wednesday, November 7 at 5 p.m., restaurateurs Steven Cook and Chef Michael Solomonov will welcome the newest addition to their Philadelphia food empire: Citron and Rose, a glatt kosher restaurant and catering company in Merion on the Main Line.

Joining Cook + Solo in the venture is owner David Magerman, a philanthropist who created the Kohelet Foundation, which supports Jewish day-school education.

In anticipation of the restaurant’s opening, check out the Citron and Rose vitals, below.

The Food

As at his award-winning restaurant Zahav, 2011 James Beard winner Chef Solomonov will be bringing traditional kosher Jewish cuisine to new heights.

Highlights include new twists on old kosher standbys: Chopped Liver with sour cherry, chocolate and pumpernickel; Mushroom Knish with smoked kasha, tsimmes and carrot-mustard; Salmon Gravlax with everything bagel spice, walnuts and radish; Roast Chicken, featuring honey-paprika glaze, potatoes and arugula; and Pecan Praline Challah French Toast with non-dairy coffee ice cream, fried pecans and maple syrup.

Appetizer prices range from $9 to $12; Entrée prices range from $14 to $28; Desserts are $9.

The Drinks

To complement the food, the team has created a menu of kosher cocktails, including: The Cosmonaut, vodka with beet juice syrup and fresh grapefruit juice; The Lower East Side, gin with cucumber and dill; and Reb Roy, a twist on a classic Rob Roy with scotch and Manischewitz. The restaurant will also feature a variety of kosher wines, craft beers and scotches.

The Vibe

Just like at Zahav and Federal Donuts, Citron and Rose’s central open kitchen will offer diners a close-up look at the culinary action. The restaurant also has a bar and chef’s counter along with an airy main dining room with comfortable banquette seating and natural wood decor.

A 15-seat private dining room located behind the main dining area is perfect for intimate gatherings. And, weather permitting, Citron and Rose will open its outdoor seating.

Kosher Certification

The restaurant will be under the kosher supervision of Community Kashrus of Greater Philadelphia. Citron and Rose will follow the every tenet of kosher cooking, including being overseen from open to close daily by a mashgiach and not serving on Fridays and Saturdays, as work is forbidden between sunsets on Shabbat.


The venture will also include a full-service catering company for on- and off-site events.

Citron and Rose will be open for dinner Sunday through Thursday. To schedule an appointment with Citron and Rose Catering, email events@citronandrose.com.

You can already make reservations online!

Citron and Rose — Opening November 7!
368-370 Montgomery Avenue, Merion

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