Filling culinary voids has become David Magerman’s knack of late. The computer whiz and philanthropist behind Merion Station’s popular Citron & Rose Tavern & Market now has a new culinary venture worth crowing about. Zagafen has a decidedly different vibe than its older sibling, which is known for its kosher meats, sushi and pasta served in a refined setting. Zagafen’s soothing white-washed, brick-lined space is homey by day and chic after dusk.
A Del Frisco’s Steakhouse alum, chef Christopher Allen produces sublime fish dishes like Scottish salmon pan-seared with coconut lemongrass, and Pacific striped bass blanketed in a delicate mushroom ragout. Pasta selections include saffron rigatoni and cavatelli sardi with fresh thyme, and the delectable grilled pizzas are (like everything else) prepared under strict kosher guidelines.
Open Sunday-Thursday, Zagafen also has a full bar. All in all, it’s an impressive second act.
370 Montgomery Ave., Merion Station, (610) 667-7777.