THE DECK AT THE MOSHULU
If you’ve ever walked or driven along the Delaware riverfront it’s impossible not to notice the legendary Moshulu - the world’s oldest and largest square rigged sailing vessel still afloat. For the non-historians among us, it’s the really tall ship with the masts lit up with lights. Renamed by Woodrow Wilson’s wife after the Senecan Indian expression for “fearless,” the Moshulu has come a long way since it’s 1904 origins.
“But what does this have to do with delicious food,” you ask? Everything.
Because Moshulu isn’t just historically and aesthetically impressive; it also is the only Tall Ship in the world with a restaurant venue. Now, there’s no need to be intimidated by the big fancy floating restaurant - the Deck at Moshulu is the hip, approachable place to spend your summer and In Between Rivers is here to tell you why.
The Deck itself is expansive yet also inclusive, offering cozy couches in nautical colors for you to sink in and soak up the incredible 360 view of the riverfront. Retractable tents and space heaters mean there’s no weather-related excuse not to lounge and enjoy mouth-watering small bites, seafood, and appetizers. And while it’s summer, cool down with a Wine Pop! In flavors like pineapple-passionfruit and mango-raspberry, these kooky cocktails are named after Pirates of the Caribbean characters like Giselle and Scarlet and include sparkling rose, St. Germaine or Cointreau, and a gigantic fruity popsicle.
Stop by for the Deck’s spectacular happy hour from 4-6, Mon-Fri. A well-rounded drink list of $5 wine, cocktails, and beer cans awaits you and your crew after a long day of work. Just don’t forget to work your way to the flip side of the cocktail menu, where small plates like Lamb Sliders, California rolls, and Oysters are begging to be enjoyed. In Between Rivers highly recommends the Tuna Tartare complete with aioli, avocado and a citrus lime marinade.
Executive Chef Anthony Bonett’s casual approach to high-quality ingredients results in well-executed flavors and textures. His hearty, balanced dishes diverge from the “food porn” trend of overloaded portions slopped over with add-ons. IBR sampled the Spanish Octopus. Drizzled with lemon and squid ink, these perfectly charred tentacles are a sea-lover’s seared, smoky dream. The Summer Seafood Salad Roll is equally unassuming, yet packed with a zesty blend of lobster, lump crab meat, shrimp, and coleslaw.
And if apps and entrees don’t quite float your boat, at least splurge on some dessert. We both know you deserve it.
Pastry Chef Sandy Valentine delicately crafts all the sweets and pastries aboard this fine vessel. As if house-made cakes and ice creams aren’t tempting enough, the Deck’s milkshake game is Olympic-level strong. Try the Tasty Shake - a chocolate milkshake decked with chocolate ganache, Philly candies, soft pretzels, whipped cream, and peanut butter tasty cakes. You can even opt to booze it up - the Tastier Shake is the same thing but with Frangelico and vanilla vodka.
So don’t let this beautiful space go to waste! Get away without leaving the city. Moshulu is open daily for dinner, brunch on Sundays, and the Deck is open until 2am with DJ’s and dancing Thursday-Saturday.
401 S Christopher Columbus Blvd,
Philadelphia, PA 19106
WEEKDAYS: 3 PM to close
SATURDAY: 12 PM to close
SUNDAY: 10 AM to close
HAPPY HOUR: Monday - Friday 4 to 6 PM