When most restaurants choose to open before their liquor license is in hand, the proprietors hand out glasses of vin ordinaire.

Not David Fields, who is opening a.kitchen at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 28 at the AKA Rittenhouse Square (135 S. 18th St., just north of Walnut Street).

He's offering a healthy selection of his list, as well as a bottled beer and three cocktails.

Chef Bryan Sikora, alum of Talula's Table, is at the open kitchen, cooking a locally sourced menu of right-sized plates that can be mixed; figure on a couple per person. There's also a 30-ounce rib eye for two with herbed potatoes. Menu is here. (PDF)

Until the liquor license comes through, the following comps will be available:


Monmousseau Brut 'Cuvée J.M.,' Touraine, NV


Muscadet de Sevre–et–Maine Sur Lie, Michel Bregeon, 2009

Pansa Blanca, Marques de Alella, 2008, Alella


Moulin–a–Vent, Christophe Pacalet, 2009, Beaujolais

Monastrell 'Cono 4,' Primitivo Quiles, 2009, Alicanté

Cotes–du–Rhone Villages, Les Vignerons D'Estézargues, 2008

Corbieres 'Premier Pas,' Domaine des 2 Anes, 2008


Moscow Mule: a vod Vodka, Ginger, Lime

Creole Content: Cognac, Madeira, Maraschino, Orange Bitters

Hats Off: Rye, Lillet, Apple Brandy, Green Chartreuse, Angostura

Bottle Beer

Lagunitas IPA