Philadelphia’s burgeoning food scene is flourishing with new dining options
From beloved chefs and restaurants reinventing themselves, to cutting-edge dining experiences, there’s a lot to get excited about eating in Philadelphia today. Check out these new additions to the city’s award-winning restaurant scene.
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This three-story, 7,000-square-foot Rittenhouse spot bills itself as the first “Ayurvedic herbal restaurant and cocktail lounge” in the US. Here diners have the unusual option of scanning a QR code to create a personal menu tailored to their body type, metabolic energy, and dietary restrictions. 1726 Chestnut Street, Rittenhouse Square.
From the owners of Tria, this chic fried-chicken joint serves up the perfect pairing—champagne with buckets of crispy-juicy white and dark meat. Vegetarians can opt for the “chicken-fried” portobello and maitake mushrooms, and sides include mashed potatoes with truffle gravy. 2005 Walnut Street, Rittenhouse Square.
Nearly four years after a fire destroyed this treasured neighborhood restaurant, the Foy family rebuilt and debuted a shiny new version on South Street earlier this year. Look for comfort food like burgers, wings, and pastas, and a full bar—all ideal for game- or people-watching. 200 South Street, South Philadelphia.
This New York City import offers Mexican and American street food favorites with a Southeast Asian twist. Think hot dogs with Vietnamese caramelized pork and melted Mexican cheese, burrito bowls, quesadillas, and five-spice fried calamari. 3818 Chestnut Street, University City.
Inspired by Fellini’s 1960s Rome, this mod Italian serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the new W Philadelphia Hotel off of Broad Street. Pizzas, housemade pastas, and other Italian fare like veal Milanese are paired with Italian-inspired aperitifs, cocktails, and digestifs. 1429 Chestnut Street, Center City.
The team behind ReAnimator Coffee presents this combo pizzeria-bottle shop-bakery concept featuring a wood-fired oven. The menu focuses on naturally fermented pizza and breads, as well as wines and beers from small producers. 310 Master Street, Kensington.
A custom-built wood-fueled hearth is the heart of this offal-centric addition to East Passyunk. The rustic menu features lamb tongue fries, blood sausage, and shareable pig’s head and beef shin. 1520 East Passyunk Avenue, South Philadelphia.
Chris and Thanh Nguyen, owners of Melody’s Grillhouse in Ambler, opened this Vietnamese BYOB in the former Saté Kampar on East Passyunk. Menu highlights include banana-leaf-wrapped dumplings, king crab fried rice, and sizzling meat and fish platters. 1837 East Passyunk Avenue, South Philadelphia.
After making a name for himself at Abe Fisher, chef Yehuda Sichel took the casual route in 2020 with his namesake sandwich shop. Fried chicken, brisket, swordfish, and more are served on house-baked milk bread and sourdough. 32 South 18th Street, Rittenhouse.
A slew of BBQ options—from St. Louis ribs to Texas-style brisket—are on offer at this casual Washington Square West spot. Vegans have plenty to choose from too, including smoked watermelon, corn “ribs,” and cauliflower “burndends.” 246 S 11th Street, Center City.
Known for one of the best views of the city, this restaurant atop the BOK building is now also a draw for its modern Sicilian fare from chef Michael Vincent Ferreri. Ferreri brought his handmade pastas and other standouts from his menu at the former Res Ipsa BYOB, and now he has a bar full of natural wines to pair them with. 800 Mifflin Street, South Philadelphia.
After working at many of the city’s top sushi spots over the years, chef Kevin Yanaga has joined with Glu Hospitality as executive chef and partner of this buzzy new Fishtown restaurant. It features casual dining and a bar, plus a higher-end omakase experience to debut in late fall. 1832 Frankford Avenue, Fishtown.
Fans of chef Ange Branca’s Malaysian street food despaired when she shuttered her popular Saté Kampar in spring 2020. Now Branca is back with an innovative concept in the Bok Building that showcases her cooking along with a rotating roster of up-and-coming chefs. 800 Mifflin Street, South Philadelphia.
Situated in a former Jiffy Lube on Spring Garden Street, this Mexican-Chinese restaurant is from the 13th Street Kitchens group behind Café Lift and Prohibition Taproom. The menu promises “local fare with global influences from Northern Mexico’s Baja region alongside Chinese American flavors.” 1036 Spring Garden Street, Callowhill.
This popular Mexican spot made a move from its longtime home at 2nd and South Streets to the former Farmicia location in Old City. Carlos Molina and Michelle Zimmerman’s sons Alex and Richard have partnered with their parents to run the spacious new digs. 15 South Third Street, Old City.
Considered one of the best new restaurants in the world by Condé Nast Traveler, Laser Wolf is an Israeli grill in Fishtown from the team behind the acclaimed Zahav, serving Israeli skewers, hummus, baba ganoush, and more. Housed in a restored warehouse space, the restaurant is designed with the feel of the popular Machane Yehuda Market, or “shuk,” in Jerusalem. 1301 N. Howard Street, Fishtown.
This Baja-Mexican restaurant from restaurateur Stephen Starr is also part bookstore, part music venue and part art gallery, all housed under one roof. On the menu, look for ceviches, aguachiles, a variety of taco perparations — including a chile-marinated pork with pineapple — fresh seafood and house specials for the table, plus a creative and colorful cocktail lineup with an extensive list of agave spirits to choose from. The vibrant space features a garden room, outdoor patio, listening lounge, and a bookshop that doubles as a private dining area, as well as a main dining room with a live-fire grill at its heart. 1749 N Front Street, Fishtown.
More of a storefront with outdoor seating, this Rittenhouse café is worth a visit for elevated sandwiches starring baker Alex Bois’s breads and bagels. The seasonal salads and a variety of pastries are excellent, too. 2218 Walnut Street, Rittenhouse.
Chef Chad Rosenthal brings his Food Network-approved barbeque and comfort food to Philadelphia with this Spring Arts outpost of his Ambler restaurant. Menu highlights include dry-rubbed ribs and whiskey cocktails. 990 Spring Garden Street, Callowhill.
This vibrant new addition to the Sojourn Philly hospitality group offers a modern take on traditional Mexican ingredients and methods—including plentiful vegan dishes. It features a spacious outdoor patio with parking and is located in the same building as the new Neon Museum of Philadelphia. 1800 North American Street, Fishtown.
A swanky, spacious new steakhouse has arrived on Broad Street, across from the Kimmel Center. Expect a dress code and $100 per person minimum at the Philadelphia location of this national chain. 260 South Broad Street, Center City.
This fast-casual BYOB is on a mission to bring West African fare to a larger American audience. Diners build a bowl with a protein (suya) like Nigerian yaji-marinated steak, and choose from a variety of bases including traditional jollof rice. 400 Fairmount Avenue, Northern Liberties.
Located in the Market East development project near the Convention Center as part of the new Canopy by Hilton hotel, this new American brasserie offers French-influenced American fare. Head there for oysters, burgers, and new twists on the French 75 cocktail. 1170 Ludlow Street, Center City.
Cover photo: Ancient Spirits and Grille. Photo by E. Marenco.