Now in its sixth year, East Passyunk Restaurant Week gives you the chance to try more than two dozen of the best restaurants in Philadelphia at a steeply discounted price. Once mostly known as the place to go for the best Italian restaurants in Philadelphia, South Philly has recently become one of the top dining destinations in the city—thanks to a handful of young, innovative chefs and restaurateurs who have brought in a variety of different cuisines, such as Dutch, Japanese and Filipino. East Passyunk is also home to some of the best bars in Philadelphia, if you’re looking for a quick sip before your meal (hint, hint). Twenty-six restaurants to choose from in a two-week time frame can be tough, so we’ve narrowed down the list to 11 essential spots to try for lunch and dinner during East Passyunk Restaurant Week. Bon appétit!
What is East Passyunk Restaurant Week?
East Passyunk Restaurant Week is an annual event that gives you the chance to try some of Philly’s most-buzzed-about restaurants for a discounted price. Here’s the deal: For the two-week span, 26 restaurants up and down the corridor will offer a three-course prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner for three set prices: $15, $25 or $35.
When is East Passyunk Restaurant Week?
East Passyunk Restaurant Week runs from February 26, 2018 to March 9, 2018. For more information and a full list of participating restaurants, go here.
Where is East Passyunk Restaurant Week?
Participating restaurants sit along East Passyunk Avenue in Philadelphia, roughly between Dickinson and South Broad Street. Several spots—like Noord, Fond and Perla—are clustered around the charming Singing Fountain in the middle of the strip. If you’re lucky, you can nab a window seat overlooking the square and modest water display.
Best places to eat during East Passyunk Restaurant Week
A killer draft list and creative Mexican fare make for an ideal leisurely lunch at this new spot on the western end of the avenue. Its East Passyunk Restaurant Week menu includes a South of the Border chopped salad, a Cubano sandwich stuffed with carnitas, and churros for $15. That’ll leave you plenty extra for a couple pints of something at the bar.
This old-school pizza joint doesn’t mess around when it comes to Restaurant Week. Stogie Joe’s straightforward menu centers around the thing it does best: damned good meatballs. Pair those with a house salad and a glass of wine, and you’ve got yourself an unbeatable $15 South Philly lunch.
A meal at this dynamic dim-sum den is best enjoyed with a crowd, which is a great excuse to come with friends and order everything off its $25, three-course Restaurant Week menu. For a taste of what Bing Bing does best, be sure to choose the scarlet dumplings, spicy cucumber salad and mapo tofu.
For a taste of vintage South Philly, slide into one of the well-worn booths at Marra’s. Its $25 East Passyunk Restaurant Week menu is full of classics such clams casino, seafood fra diavolo over linguini, and hand-piped cannoli. Round out the meal with a couple glasses of $3 house red. Primo!
This beloved South Philly dive bar gets in on the East Passyunk Restaurant Week fun with a menu featuring some of the more fancy-pants dishes from its kitchen. Options from the $25 dinner menu include a steamy bowl of cream of tomato soup for the first course, cheddar meatloaf or grilled Arctic char for the second, and the third, wouldn’t you know is a frosty draft beer.
Consider East Passyunk Restaurant Week the ideal opportunity to graze Spanish-style at this newcomer—one of the best new restaurants in Philadelphia. In lieu of a traditional $35 three-course menu, diners at Barcelona can choose four items from the tapas menu. Humble potatoes rise to new heights here in a layered tortilla and with crisp patatas bravas.
The cuisine of Abruzzo serves as inspiration for this warm East Passyunk Avenue favorite. For Restaurant Week a $35 menu is date night-ready with shareable plates like a signature mugnaia, an impressive single-strand pasta dressed with garlic and chiles, and a fritto misto for two.
Philadelphia’s one and only Filipino BYO is joining East Passyunk Restaurant Week to introduce diners to the flavors of this unique archipelago. Work your way through the three course, $35 menu and sample kinilaw, a Filipino ceviche, pork in a chile garlic vinaigrette and a dessert highlighting sweet purple yams.
While there are plenty of lovely options on Townsend’s $35 Restaurant Week menu, we’d recommend the roasted squash with hazelnuts for your starter and, for your main course, the winter vegetable risotto. For $8 and $7, respectively, you can add seared foie gras and lamb loin over cassoulet to your meal.
At Nick Elmi’s cool cocktail bar, elegant plates of grilled baby carrots, hay roasted poussin and savory fontina churros can be paired with a cocktail flight. Tack on an additional $20 to the $35 prix-fixe menu items and you can add a beverage pairing that includes a new-school vermouth, an Italian-accented sour and vintage madeira.
A trip to Amsterdam might not be in the budget but for $35 Noord takes guests on a tour of Dutch fare. Don’t skip the bitterballen (mini meatballs with a mustard sauce), cod with dill cream or stroopwafels filled with molasses and brown sugar.