In a city already jampacked with A-plus eateries, new restaurants in Philadelphia continue to pop up in neighborhoods across the city. Be among the first to snag a table at the most-worthwhile spots with our guide to the best new restaurants in Philadelphia, which inlcudes new joints from local top chefs Michael Solomonov and Sylva Senat and a buzzy new members-only social club from the guy behind Zeppoli, one of our picks for the best Italian restaurants in Philadeplhia. To create a whole experience, top off your meal with a drink at one of the best bars in Philadelphia or head out for a night of dancing at one of our favorite Philadelphia nightclubs.
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Best new restaurants in Philadelphia
Taking over his grandfather’s members-only South Philly social club, Zeppoli chef Joey Baladino has reimagined the space into an intimate Italian-American enclave. To keep things in the family, a limited number of memberships are available at the door each evening. Once you’re in, order a well-mixed negroni and don’t miss the stuffed artichokes, spaghetti with crabs and housemade spumoni.
Situated on the ground floor of the towering FMC building, this newcomer brings Michelin-starred New York pedigree to a gleaming all-day dining room. A well-rounded menu features house-baked pastries and delicate egg dishes for breakfast, a smart lineup of light lunch fare and an elegant nightly dinner service. Drinks cover all the bases with a wine list featuring 50 by-the-glass pours plus fun frozen cocktails.
The latest addition to Philly’s pizza scene is a Roman-style spot that’s selling slices al taglio, that’s Italian for “by the cut.” Forget the triangular serving, here rectangular pies are topped with the best ingredients sourced both locally and from Italy, baked and cut in slices with a pair of shears. Grab a couple of potato and rice croquettes to round out your Roman repast.
Philly’s one and only source for Hawaiian grinds has gone brick and mortar at this sunny Rittenhouse storefront. Mac salad and rice plate lunches come with crunchy fried chicken and kalua pig, loco moco is finished with super savory miso gravy and the poke here is about as close to the Big Island as you’re going to get around these parts.
Chef Mike Solomonov and the Cook+Solo crew bring their Midas touch to their latest endeavor, a fast-casual falafel shop. The chickpea- and sesame-heavy menu is a simple (and entirely vegan) affair with falafel sandwiches and salads, fresh cut fries and creamy yet entirely dairy-free tehina shakes.
The fourth outpost of Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Darragh’s Asian noodle empire has landed in a historic former police horse stable in Fishtown. Fans of the Midtown Village original will be happy to see Cheu classics like black-garlic wings and matzo-ball ramen alongside new additions such as falafel-stuffed steamed buns, corn rangoon dumplings and char sui brisket with mushu pancakes. At the bar, the cocktail team is having fun with tropical flavors and large-format drinks.
Taking over a former menswear store on East Passyunk Avenue, the crew behind this mini chain of tapas spots transformed the space into a bustling and beautiful indoor-outdoor dining room and bar. The menu matches Madrid go-tos like meaty boquerones, aioli-topped patatas bravas and garlicky gambas al ajillo with seasonal specials and sharable entrées. An extensive drinks list includes tapas tipples like gin and tonics, vermouths and sherries along with a well-stocked wine cellar.
Focusing on Taiwanese fast casual, this husband-and-wife operation comes with some serious pedigree. The duo has taken their fine-dining background and spun it into a counter-service lunch destination with a trim menu of fluffy stuffed buns, panfried potstickers and steamed spring rolls called ruen bings along with a couple of palate-cleansing sides to round out the offerings. Using local purveyors to stock their larders, buns are sandwiched with crisp fried Lancaster chicken and potstickers are filled with Berkshire pork and wild-caught shrimp.
Fans of LA galbi and bibimbap will be thrilled to know that a trip to Olney is no longer necessary to find killer Korean eats in Philly. Located on the top floor of Chinatown Square, tables here look out onto bustling Race Street and fill up quickly with a rainbow of banchan, bottles of beer and soju, and sharable, bubbling hot pots.
After more than a year of renovations, this storied politician hang is back and better than ever with roomy banquettes, a booming bar scene and walls boasting caricatures of famous Philly faces including the likes of Bradley Cooper and Mike Jerrick. The wine menu doesn’t skimp on expense-account bottles, martinis are icy cold and service is seamless. Steaks are stellar but might very well be overshadowed by sides of remarkably rich creamed spinach and potatoes au gratin.