Food & Drink

5 new Philly bars and restaurants you need to try right now

Published On 11/20/2013 Published On 11/20/2013

If there's one thing you can count on... it's your fingers. But if there's another thing, it's that sweet new bars and restaurants are constantly opening in Philly, so you either need to scour the internet and social media for the very sweetest/ newest spots out there, or just let a certain men's lifestyle site that rhymes with "illest" do it for you...

Nomad Roman Pizza

Nomad Roman Pizza
Washington Square West
The latest spot from the Nomad 'za empire, this Roman-style joint in the old Spiga space is doing a constantly rotating menu of meatballs and twelve different pies, ranging from the simple (Marinara) to pizzas topped with more badass ingredients (the Truffle & Pecorino), mostly sourced from local purveyors like Applegate Farms, Blue Moon Acres, and The Bent Spoon, which presumably practices Neo farming techniques.

Cook & Shaker

Cook and Shaker
Kensington
Besides a solid cocktail selection and local brews (PBC's Harvest from the Hood, etc.), this copper-ceiling'd boozer is serving badass bar eats 'til 2a, including stuff like roast pork sandwiches, tater tots, Tuscan polenta fries w/ roast tomato dipping sauce, and fried Buffalo Brussels sprouts, the former of which is about how far you'd usually go to avoid eating the latter.

Union Taco

Union Taco
Ludlow
The dude behind Verdad says his new 20-seat taqueria's got a "San Diego" feel, and you'll know he's totally telling the "name of his first restaurant" once you scarf seasonal eats like strawberry habanero guacamole, pork carnitas tacos w/ chipotle bbq sauce, plus flat breads like pomegranate & avocado, or a black truffle option w/ chicken confit, mushrooms, goat cheese & pesto.

Tria

Tria
Rittenhouse Square
Wash down snacks like fried oysters w/ apple slaw & a spicy remoulade on brioche, or St. Louis-style ribs, with something from one of their 40 taps (there's not a bottle in the building), which're pouring everything from draft beer and wine, to cider and soda, and which're all connected to an iPad menu that lets you see how much is left in each keg.

Taqueria Feliz

Taqueria Feliz
Manayunk
After almost a year in the works, this riotously colorful Mextaurant from the crew behind La Calaca Feliz is plying you with authentic south-of-the-border eats, including the usual tacos/tortas/enchiladas, plus "funky stuff" like lamb heart skewers and beef tongue tacos.

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1. Nomad Pizza 1305 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Fairmountart Museum)

Nomad is one of our favorite spots for wood-fired pizza in the city. Especially if you are able to go during happy hour or the Two For Tuesday special (buy one pie, get one free). All ingredients are locally sourced and have a pretty good rotating draft list of local and craft beers. When it comes to pizza, any meal has to include the Spicy Sopressata, which comes with thinly sliced Soppressata, garlic, red pepper, and a drizzle of honey.

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2. Cook and Shaker 2301 E Albert St, Philadelphia, PA 19125 (Kensington)

A solid cocktail selection meets local brews at this copper-ceiling'd boozer, serving badass bar eats like roast pork sandwiches, tater tots, and Tuscan polenta fries 'til 2a everyday.

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3. Union Taco 712 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19123

The dude behind Verdad says his new 20-seat taqueria's got a "San Diego" feel where you can scarf seasonal eats like strawberry habanero guacamole, Pork Carnitas tacos w/ chipotle bbq, pomegranate & avocado, or Black Truffle flatbread w/ chicken confit, mushrooms, goat cheese & pesto.

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4. Tria Taproom 2005 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

The Rittenhouse location of this cozy bar boasts a number of carefully-curated, seasonal beers, wines, and ciders. And in a true taproom fashion, without a bottle in sight. Big windows, a solid-glass, climate-controlled wine "cellar" that dominates the back wall, and an airy-for-its-size interior -- lined with sparsely-appointed counters and rustic stools -- creates the perfect atmosphere to enjoy craft libations, wood-fired grilled flatbreads, and sophisticated snacks.

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5. Taqueria Feliz 4400 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127

This riotously colorful Mextaurant from the crew behind La Calaca Feliz is plying you with authentic south-of-the-border eats, including the usual tacos/tortas/enchiladas, plus "funky stuff" like lamb heart skewers and beef tongue tacos.

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