Philly’s restaurant scene is always expanding and evolving. There are the perennial favorites, and then there are the newcomers with fresh ideas and smart new concepts. Our list features a spread of new places with new dishes to savor and new drinks to sample.
Michael Schulson’s new restaurant features antique charm in a sprawling renovated space on Sansom Street. The ambiance is warm and comfortable despite the space that the 24-foot ceilings create, with four chandeliers, vintage wallpaper, and leather chairs. Dishes prepared by executive chef Karen Nicolas incorporates New American and global influences, with tapas snacks like burrata with pickled figs and larger plates like hanger steak. Don’t forget to check out the two-lane, reservation bowling alley downstairs for pizza, cocktails, and charcuterie.
1525 Sansom Street
Beer lovers will rejoice at Cinder’s long list of sours, ciders, and wild ales. The bar features 32 taps and over 70 bottles, some of which (like the Raspberry Sour from Colorado) are nearly impossible to find anywhere else. For eats, the artisanal pizza kitchen serves up rustic wood-fired pies—both traditional, like margherita, and funky, like with pineapple and pork al pastor. Chef Jonathan Petruce also serves up a variety of other bar-style plates like jalapeño poppers and steamed mussels.
1500 Locust Street
Part craft beer grab-and-go and part casual restaurant for Vietnamese street food and cocktails, Banh Mi & Bottles is the perfect spot for a quick drink or bowl of pho. Exposed brick, colorful wall art, and a communal table create a cool atmosphere in the dining area. Enjoy crispy buns, goi cuon, and the signature banh mi. On your way out, pick from one of over 200 craft beers from the two massive refrigerators.
19147 Washington Square West
Shoo Fry brings a little taste of Canada to Rittenhouse Square with poutine, milkshakes, and sliders. Visitors can go for the classic gravy-and-curds-topped French fries, or explore creative twists like buffalo chicken, cheddar and fried egg and scrapple, or steak and cheese whiz and fried onions. Four different sliders offer additional choice, and ice cream and non-dairy shakes are the perfect sweet pairing.
132 South 17th Street
A bli-level bar and lounge with white oak and marble accents on the first floor offset and modern dining room on the second. Views of tree-filled Rittenhouse park provide a beautiful backdrop for the attractive space. A modern Italian menu by chefs Jon Oh and Jorge Espinoza showcases house-made spaghetti, braised short ribs, and an Italian-focused wine list.
210 West Rittenhouse Square