7 New Restaurant Openings in Philly You Need to Know

From new spots by well-known restaurateurs to pop-ups worth tracking down.

baby corn elote
Photo by Ben Wentzel, courtesy of La Chinesca

From full dining room closures and ever-shifting to-go cocktail rules to an indoor mask mandate (which is still in effect, by the way), it’s no secret that restaurants have faced endless hurdles over the past year and a half.

It’s always a good time to support your favorite restaurants in Philadelphia, but it’s also encouraging to see new restaurants popping up to fill out our city’s vibrant food scene. Even with the deck seemingly stacked against them, well-known restaurateurs and celebrated pop-up concepts are opening new spots in the city, and we couldn’t be more excited. You really can’t go wrong with a visit to any of the new spots that opened this summer, so have a rustic Italian family-style dinner or pick up a package of gorgeous pastries to take home, and visit all of the best new openings in the city.

Her Place

Rittenhouse Square

Amanda Shulman’s long-term pop-up, this half dinner party, half restaurant amalgamation of her Italian cooking quickly became the hottest ticket in town when she launched in June. Keep an eye out for her long-term concept, and in the meantime do everything you can to get tickets for her $65 per person family-style meal, which includes an ever-changing, seasonally driven menu of unreasonably delicious Italian-ish food.
How to book: Via website. Reservations go live every Sunday at 6 pm.

La Chinesca
Photo by Ben Wentzel, courtesy of La Chinesca

La Chinesca

Spring Garden

From the team behind Philly classics Kensington Quarters and Prohibition Taproom, La Chinesca opened right next door to Union Transfer in June. The menu draws inspiration from the Mexican city of Mexicali and is named for the city’s Chinatown, which is often called La Chinesca. The menu features riffs on dishes from that region, including a Caesar salad (you know Caesar was invented in Mexico, right?), baby corn elote, and lots of tacos served on flour tortillas.

Available for Reservations
Terrassa at Fabrika
Photo courtesy of Terrassa at Fabrika

Many Philadelphians know Fabrika as the wildest concept in town. The Mediterranean restaurant slash cabaret slash entertainment venue is a staple that’s worth a visit just to see the hydraulic stage that lifts directly out of the floor, but the team opened a gorgeous outdoor space in June, offering 65 seats under a plexiglass covering that makes it all-season appropriate. The patio is dog-friendly with an approachable Mediterranean menu of shareable small plates, dips, and flatbread and a much chiller vibe than the inside.
How to book: Call 215-203-0202

Forin Cafe
Photo by expatimages, courtesy of Forin Cafe

Forin Cafe

Kensington

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a new remote work hub open, but Forin feels like the type of place that’s just begging to become the neighborhood go-to for a couple of productive hours of laptop work. The coffee shop opened at the end of June, and the menu includes coffee sourced from a handful of excellent local roasters like Moonraker Coffee Roasters and Persimmon Roasters, plus bagels from Kismet, cakes from Darnel’s cakes, and non-coffee beverage options.
How to book: Walk in only

General Tsao’s House

Rittenhouse Square

Dan Tsao, the owner of Chinatown favorite Emei, opened General Tsao’s house at the end of June after many delays. The restaurant brings Szechuan flavor to Rittenhouse, with something for everyone: cumin lamb noodles, peking duck bao, and dry-fried asparagus are among the menu highlights.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

In the middle of July, Natalie Maronski and Robert Del Femine launched Underground Concepts, a hospitality group that is in the process of turning the basement of the Divine Lorraine hotel from an abandoned warehouse into a collection of restaurants and event spaces. The Daily, an all-day cafe, is now open with buttermilk biscuits, housemade oatmeal, and breakfast sandwiches to complement their coffee program. And you can follow along on Instagram for updates on other openings and events.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Noelle Blizzard is baking gorgeous, seasonal pastries out of her home in Fairmount, and delivering them to individuals across the city every weekend. From ham and cheese filled sourdough croissants to a pistachio and rose semolina cake, her pastries are simple, timeliness, and made with abundant love.
How to book: Order online by Wednesday for pick-up or local delivery on the weekends

Maddy Sweitzer-Lamme is a freelance food writer and restaurant reporter based in Philadelphia. Find her drinking martinis, eating pasta, and baking extravagant layer cakes on Instagram or find her work in publications like Philadelphia Magazine, Eater, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, and more.