New Restaurants in Philadelphia

Philadelphia's burgeoning food scene is flourishing with new dining options

From high-end dining atop the city’s tallest skyscraper, to stellar Thai food in a no-frills BYOB, it’s easy to see why WalletHub ranked the City of Brotherly Love one of the Top 2019 Best Foodie Cities in America.

15 new dining spots to check out in Philadelphia:

Alimentari at Di Bruno Bros.

Alimentari at Di Bruno Bros. photo by G. Bonghi.

A Philadelphia institution founded 80 years ago in the Italian Market, Di Bruno Bros. expanded its gourmet grocery and catering business with a stylish new café and bar on the second floor of its flagship Rittenhouse market. Head there post-shopping for espresso, cocktails, pizzas, cheeses, and other bites featuring the ingredients Di Bruno Bros. has built its reputation on. 1730 Chestnut Street, 2nd Floor.

Forsythia

Find Modern French food from chef Christopher Kearse at this garden-inspired spot. Kearse closed Will, his well-regarded South Philadelphia BYOB, last spring before moving up to this larger and more polished restaurant in Old City. 233 Chestnut Street.

Jean-Georges Philadelphia

Jean-Georges Philadelphia photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Philadelphia debut is a dramatic one—a sophisticated dining room atop the Four Seasons Hotel in the gleaming new Comcast Technology Center skyscraper. Vongerichten’s menu is naturally a big draw, but the views from the 59th floor definitely make the experience one to seek out. 1 N 19th Street. Read more: Philadelphia’s Signature Hotel Bars

JG SkyHigh

JG SkyHigh photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

With a more casual menu than Jean-Georges but the same spectacular views, this elegant lounge on the 60th floor of the Comcast Technology Center is a splashy new addition to Philadelphia’s cocktail hour scene. 1 N 19th Street.

Winkel

A short walk from the Pennsylvania Convention Center, this Dutch-influenced spot from chef JonCarl Lachman serves breakfast and lunch favorites like omelettes and Reuben sandwiches, plus Amsterdam-style pancakes. On the weekends look for a $25 prix-fixe brunch. 1119 Locust Street.

Bloomsday Cafe

Photo courtesy of Bloomsday Cafe.

This charming bar, wine shop, and all-day cafe in historic Society Hill is known for decadent pastries and a well-curated beverage list. The restaurant is open for dinner most nights, but perhaps the best time to go is Sunday morning, when visitors can also check out the bustling Headhouse Farmers Market just across the street. 414 S 2nd Street.

Bud & Marilyn’s

Bud & Marilyn's photo courtesy of Bondfire Media.

If you have some time before a flight, head to this new airport eatery from Philadelphia restaurant queens Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran. An outpost of their beloved Midtown Village comfort food spot, this retro restaurant features sit-down dining, a full bar, plus grab-and-go items. Philadelphia International Airport between Terminals B & C.

City Winery

Photo courtesy of City Winery.

Located in the new Fashion District Philadelphia, the massive Philadelphia edition of this national chain features an urban winery, two music venues with food and beverage service, a restaurant and several bars. Private event options range from intimate private dining spaces to a full-production concert. 990 Filbert Street.

Condesa/El Cafe/El Techo

Condesa photo by Tessa Marie Commercial for Team 624 Communications.

From the team behind popular Fishtown spots Suraya and Pizzeria Beddia comes Condesa, a 140-seat Mexican restaurant in the new Pod Philly hotel in Rittenhouse. The group also debuted El Cafe, an all-day coffee shop with breakfast tacos and Mexican pastries, and El Techo, a casual taqueria with a retractable roof on top of the hotel. 1830 Ludlow Street.

K’Far Cafe

K'Far photo by M. Persico.

This anticipated Rittenhouse bakery and cafe is the latest from Steve Cook and Michael Solomonov, Philadelphia’s famed James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur. Inspired by Israeli bakeries, this all-day spot offers counter service for breakfast and lunch and sit-down dinner in the evenings. 110 S 19th Street.

Kalaya Thai Kitchen

Chef Nok Suntaranon and her partner My-Le Vuong immediately elevated Thai food options in Philadelphia with the opening of their no-frills BYOB in the Italian Market. The noise level in the charming restaurant can get a little high, but it’s worth braving the crowds for the Suntaranon’s exceptional Southern Thai cooking. 764 S 9th Street.

Vernick Fish

Vernick Fish photo by T. Nghiem.

Chef Greg Vernick’s original Walnut Street location is known as one of the city’s toughest reservations to snag, so Philadelphians rejoiced when he announced this ambitious new venture on the ground floor of the Comcast Technology Center skyscraper. The Four Seasons restaurant is Vernick’s take on an American oyster bar, with seafood dishes that incorporate his signature global flavors. A bar, lounge and patio seating are available for walk-in guests. 1876 Arch Street.

Dock Street South

Philadelphia’s first craft brewery, founded in 1985, has branched out of West Philadelphia to Point Breeze with the opening of this spacious new brewery and restaurant. The 10,000-square-foot facility features a small plate menu, a daytime coffee bar, and a dozen of Dock Street’s best beers on tap. 2118 Washington Avenue.

Elwood

At this unique Fishtown BYOB, chef Adam Diltz showcases the culinary traditions of Philadelphia and the surrounding area. The Northeast Pennsylvania native serves traditional dishes like scrapple, catfish and waffles, and Pennsylvania Dutch-style pot pies, plus his grandmother’s molasses cookies for dessert. 1007 Frankford Avenue.

Hiroki

This upscale sushi destination in Fishtown showcases the work of chef Hiroki Fujiyama, who trained under acclaimed chef Masaharu Morimoto. The 26-seat restaurant offers only an $135 omakase menu, which changes frequently. Corner of Lee & Master streets.

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