Pumpkin is a longstanding BYOB escape on South Street for elegant dishes that are updated regularly. The space is intimate and rustic with distressed barn-plank walls and tin accents above, but the thoughtful dishes are contemporary and plated as such: duck egg with farrow is secured in a nest of maitake mushrooms and butternut squash, while a disc of pig head torchon gets balanced on a mound of cranberry beans and cabbage over a dramatic smudge of black garlic. Dim-lighting during the evenings make the mood just right for a romantic one-on-one (this pumpkin won’t turn into a carriage though, lovers).
Pumpkin is offering a four-course “Le Réveillon” Christmas dinner, which you can enjoy at the restaurant on Christmas Eve or bring home for the holiday. You’ll start off dinner at this BYOB restaurant with poached shrimp remoulade before glazed quail, braised monkfish, and black-eyed pea gumbo. For dessert, it’s sticky toffee pudding with whipped cream to feel extra seasonal.
Pumpkin is the type of place that makes Philadelphians wonder why they haven’t eaten there sooner. It’s beloved by those who know about it and a gift to those who do not. The ever-changing three-course dinner menu is $50 a person for options like gulf shrimp salad, Peking duck with braised artichokes, and chocolate peanut torte. Whether you’re looking for a place to catch up with a friend over a lovely meal or an intimate first-date spot, this is your place.