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New Restaurants in Philadelphia

February 10, 2020

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

From elegant Italian in the historic Divine Lorraine Hotel to an innovative South Philly BYOB with Texas roots, it’s easy to see why WalletHub ranked the City of Brotherly Love one of the Top 2019 Best Foodie Cities in America.

17 new dining spots to check out in Philadelphia:

Fabrika

Fabrika interior photo by A. Armando.

A Mediterranean cabaret restaurant and event space in Fishtown, Fabrika joins Philadelphia’s late night dining and entertainment scene with contortionists, sax players, jugglers, three bars over two floors and a hydraulic stage, 1108 Frankford Avenue, Fishtown.

Laser Wolf

Branzino photo by M. Persico for Laser Wolf.

An Israeli grill from the team behind the acclaimed Zahav opened in Fishtown in a former warehouse, serving Israeli skewers, hummus, baba ganoush, and more. Laser Wolf is designed with the feel of the popular Machane Yehuda Market, or “shuk,” in Jerusalem, 1301 N. Howard Street, Fishtown. Read more: Philadelphia’s Essential Eats

Via Locusta

Via Locusta courtesy of Schulson Collective.

The latest from Michael Schulson, Nina Tinari and Jeff Michaud, this Italian spot is just off Rittenhouse Square. The pasta-focused menu also features small plates like snapper crudo and larger dishes to share, 1723 Locust Street.

Bodega Bar & Kitchen

Bodega Bar Kitchen photo courtesy of Society Hill Films.

With a Latin, Middle Eastern and Asian-influenced menu and design, this restaurant, bar and live entertainment venue is in Midtown Village. In the spring, a garden and patio will debut behind the restaurant, 1223 Walnut Street, Convention Center District.

Cicala at the Divine Lorraine

Chandeliers, white tablecloths and personal family touches mark chefs Angela and Joe Cicala’s elegant Southern Italian restaurant in the historic Divine Lorraine Hotel. The talented duo’s menu features the rustic food they’re known for in a more refined setting, 699 N. Broad Street, North Philadelphia.

Gabi

Gabi photo by Peggy Baud Woolsey.

This all-day French cafe from chef-owner Peter Woolsey of Bistro La Minette brings Art Deco design and bistro classics to North Broad. The menu features classics like onion soup and beef tartare, salads and sandwiches, and steak frites, 339 N. Broad Street, Convention Center District.

Eggcellent

A wide variety of breakfast items from egg sandwiches to oats to tacos are offered at this new counter-serve brunch spot in Old City, open until 6 p.m. daily except for Sunday, 113 Chestnut Street, Old City.

Alice

Photo courtesy of Alice Pizza.

Much better than your average slice spot, this counter-serve Roman-import features pizza al taglio with a variety of toppings that you can mix-and-match. Don’t skip the gelato for dessert! 1234 Market Street, Convention Center District.

Emmy Squared

Detroit-style pizza by way of Brooklyn, plus double-patty burgers on pretzel buns are the stars here. The spacious new restaurant and bar is located in the Queen Hotel at the corner of 5th and Bainbridge, 632 S. 5th Street, South Philadelphia.

Le Caveau

Le Caveau photo by Neal Santos.

Father-daughter restaurateurs Bernard and Chloe Grigri debuted this sexy wine bar and private event space above The Good King Tavern in Queen Village, open Thursday, Friday and Saturday and showcasing natural wines plus a limited snack menu, 614 S. 7th Street, South Philadelphia.

Gigi Pizza

From the team behind Southwark, Ambra, and Olly next door, this snug pizzeria offers 12-inch Neapolitan pies with a variety of toppings, plus a burger, salads and pastas. Drinks include wines, beers and a couple of cocktails, 504 Bainbridge Street, South Philadelphia.

Merkaz

Merkaz photo by M. Persico.

Pita sandwiches and chef Michael Solomonov’s legendary hummus are the stars at this Israeli-style shop named for the Hebrew word for center. The Washington Square West cafe also offers prepared family dinners to go, 1218 Sansom Street, Convention Center District.

River Twice

A BYOB with a constantly evolving menu, this East Passyunk spot comes from James Beard-nominated chef Randy Rucker and his wife, Amanda. The menu is New American with influences from Rucker’s Texas roots, 1601 E. Passyunk Avenue, South Philadelphia.

The Fairview

Fergie Carey and his partners Shane Dodd and Dave Dollinger opened this neighborhood gastropub in the former Belgian Cafe in Fairmount. The vegan-friendly “American Melting Pot” menu features a pho French dip and vegan green chile cheeseburger empanadas, 601 N. 21st Street, Parkway/Museums District.

The Goat photo by Society Hill Films.

The Goat

Also from Fergie Carey, along with Fergie’s Pub co-owner Jim McNamara, this spacious new restaurant and bar in the former Oh! Shea’s features two bars and two dining areas with seating for 118, plus event space. The menu of elevated comfort food is vegan- and vegetarian-friendly, and there are eight beers on draft, 1907 Sansom Street, Rittenhouse Square.

The Hadley

Located in Park Towne Place, this retro spot pays homage to 1959 (the year the building was built) with its mid-century design. The menu features shared plates and American comfort food, 2201 Park Towne Place, Parkway/Museums District.

Wine Dive

Photo courtesy of Wine Dive.

This new addition to South Street features a funky 70s glam vibe and 20 wines by the glass, cocktails, canned beer and cider, plus bar bites. In the front of the bar there’s a wine shop with more than 200 bottles available to purchase, 1506 South Street, South Philadelphia.

 

Cover photo by M. Persico for Laser Wolf.

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