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 staying open for Christmas Eve dinner, offering a three-course menu for $55 per person. It’s a great chance to try a neighborhood favorite beloved for its fresh ingredients and understated ambiance. The menu is updated often, so keep an eye out for what to expect via Instagram.
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.