Sadly, you can't spend the whole Summer watching outdoor movies (there are only 60 or so of 'em, after all), but here's the good news: that leaves plenty of time to check out the recently opened spots on our list of the 19 best new restaurants in Philly. But don't do it all at once or your midsection will be increasingly susceptible to Gravity (playing next week at Penn's Landing). " "
The 19 best new restaurants in Philadelphia
Good Stuff Eatery (address and info)
This DC import from Top Chef alum Spike Mendelsohn has been bringing all the boys (and girls) to the yard... err, restaurant, since late June with its milkshakes, and contests in which the first 100 people through the door win said milkshakes for a year. It's got “food so pure you’ll think it’s Amish”, assuming the Amish eat things like the Uncle D's Chili or the 'Shroom Burger w/ slim cut fries, obviously.
Cafe Ynez (address and info)
This BYOB Mexican joint from the team behind Rex 1516 and Jet Wine Bar is serving South-of-the-border-style breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with highlights including breakfast sandwiches, Mexican coffee, and rotisserie chicken to name a few.
Society Hill Society (address and info)
Once the dark, dingy pub Artful Dodger, SHS is now an inviting and heritage-heavy spot, right down to the shoofly pie. Chef Yun Fuentes throws down a mean hamburger, for only $8, and a killer apple-braised pork belly with ham consommé. Plus you can hit the copper-topped bar, tell the drink-slingers there what kind of liquor you like, and watch 'em craft a custom cocktail right before your eyes.
coZara (address and info)
From the dude behind the Rittenhouse sushi mainstay Zama, Chef Hiroyuki Tanaka’s new izakaya, which roughly translates to “small plates", is pairing guess what size servings of chicken wings, seaweed salad, tuna tar tare, etc., with the thing that complements them best: booze, so look for sake in glasses with lids, their own version of a black & tan, and more.
a.kitchen (address and info)
Think of all the things you could do if you only had... waitforit!... a.kitchen! Well, now you do, thanks to Chef Eli Kulp’s new bistro, which serves surprisingly decadent plates in an avant grade style -- including American Waygu with blackened "frenched" onions & alpine cheese and grilled chicken thighs with eggplant BBQ.
Garage (address and info)
Located in the former Satellite Auto Body space across from Pat's and Geno's, Garage is pretty much what it sounds like, except it houses pool and Skee Ball tables instead of wrecked rides. They pour a seriously solid list of craft suds, and in addition to a liberal BYO-cheesesteak policy, are bringing in a rotating list of food trucks for your dining pleasure.
The Treemont (address and info)
The dude behind Mica, Blackfish, and Ela is now bringing his goods to Center City in a bi-level space with exposed brick, a rustic vibe, and a kitchen turning out dry-aged Berkshire pork loins, chickpea fritters, deviled eggs w/ duck confit, etc. Not only that, an every day happy hour (except Saturday) awaits you downstairs from 5-7pm.
Lolita (address and info)
After being revamped (and now with a liquor license), Lolita is back with habanero margaritas, and authentic tasting Mexican eats, including some of the best guac in the city and tacos stuffed with everything from shrimp, to fish, to pulled pork, to fried chicken.
Townsend (address and info)
Lacroix and McCrossen's Tavern vet, Townsend Wentz's titular Frenchtaurant is serving up wine-paired dishes like blue foot mushroom escargot, succulent sea scallops, rabbit, gnocchi, etc., in the old Sophia’s on Passyunk Ave. The upstairs is for food and lovers, and the downstairs is for people into eating the former, while looking for the later at the bar.
Flat Iron (address and info)
A one-stop shop for your whole night is what happens when you combine a bar & grill with a nightclub. Not only do they serve a burger with a mac-n-cheese bun, they also offer things like $7 buckets of Coronita and $5 wings during games.
Mamou (address and info)
The Corner's received a 'Nawlins-style make over, thanks to Louisiana Chef Paul Martin, who's slinging childhood Cajun favorites such as crawfish fritters, confit rabbit nuggets, blackened artichokes, and skillet-roasted red fish. If nothing else, try an oyster shooter with lemon pepper or dill-infused vodka soaked bivavles.
Hai Street Kitchen (address and info)
First launched in London’s Leadenhall Market by a former sous chef for Masaharu Morimoto/Whole Foods sushi stand supplier, HSK lets you build-your-own fresh -- and sometime raw -- Japanese-style "burrito", like a shrimp tempura number w/ pickled mango, cabbage & pepper teriyaki.
Charlie was a sinner. (address and info)
Opened by Nicole Marquis of HipCityVeg and Chef Mike Santoro of The Mildred in a space that supposedly once housed a brothel, this appropriately dark cocktail lounge is serving up a menu of surprisingly meaty-ish vegan eat (as well as a list vegan cocktails), including a tasty and refreshing chilled melon gazpacho w/ avocado; crab cakes and meatballs that... um, aren't made w/ crab or meat (but taste like they are); and crispy chickpea fries that melt in your mouth.
Chops Restaurant and Bar (address and info)
The indoor space is set to open in the Fall, but the outdoor portion of this cafe is now open for business and serving a full range of chophouse-style eats, like a Wagyu burger, a pork Cuban, crab cakes, lobster grilled cheese, plus a handful of beers on draft, wines by the glass, and cocktails like an Orange Crush, a Black Tea Mojito, and a Cucumber Cooler.
Junto (address and info)
Chadds Ford, PA
So, it's not exactly in Philadelphia, but it's helmed by a Jose Garces alum (MacGregor Mann) who spent eight months at Denmark’s Noma before opening this BYOB and cooking up “Pennsylvania-sourced ingredients prepared with a blend of old world techniques and modern cuisine knowledge". Pro-tip: try the chicken liver & schmaltz spread on rye toast.
Morgan’s Pier (address and info)
Third time’s a charm for Chef David Gilberg, formerly of Koo Zee Doo, who's doing by-the-water classics like lobster rolls, piri piri chicken, crab cakes, and "a day-boat fish entree steamed in corn husks". For Sunday brunch he brings in the big guns -- his wife -- pastry chef Carla Goncalves, and Tuesday nights will feature clam bakes and tiki nights.
Stock (address and info)
This Vietnamese 18-seater from a Zahav vet is serving up a constantly changing selection of things like pho made w/ all grass-fed beef bones that's totally worth waiting in line for, which is a good thing since this place is tiny and doesn't accept reservations.
Masters Bar and Restaurant (address and info)
During the day, the second floor of this 15th & Oxford boozer is a study lounge with Wi-Fi, but at night they put the books away, and it turns into a nightclub that also serves things like a "Lasagna" Grinder, and of course, chicken or beef cheesesteak wit or wit out the whiz.
Commonwealth Kitchen (address and info)
What's better than a brand new pizza place? How 'bout one that's serving up homemade zeppole (fried dough sprinkled w/ sugar, above); poutine w/ house-made brown gravy and cheese curds; and a spaghetti & meatball dinner w/ side salad & garlic bread for only $12? Yes, that is better.
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1. Good Stuff Eatery108 S 18th St, Philadelphia
2. Cafe Ynez2025 Washington Ave, Philadelphia
3. Society Hill Society400 S 2nd St, Philadelphia
4. cozara3200 Chestnut St, Philadelphia
5. a.kitchen135 S 18th St, Philadelphia
6. Garage1231 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia
7. The Treemont231 South 15th Street, Philadelphia
8. Lolita106 S 13th St, Philadelphia
9. Townsend1623 East Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia
10. Flat Iron26 East Oregon Ave, Philadelphia
11. Mamou102 S 13th St, Philadelphia
12. Hai Street Kitchen & Co.32 S 18th St, Philadelphia
13. Charlie was a sinner.131 S 13th St, Philadelphia
14. ChopsComcast Center, Philadelphia
15. Junto100 Ridge Rd, Chadds Ford
16. Morgan's Pier221 N Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia
17. Stock308 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia
18. Masters Restaurant and Bar1535 N Carlise St., Philadelphia
19. Commonwealth Kitchen8016 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia
Cathy Mendelsohn wanted to create a feeling of nostalgia at Good Stuff, where people would be transported back to a time when chatting over a great burger and milkshake made for the perfect afternoon.
Cafe Ynez is a breakfast, lunch, and dinner Mexican joint in Point Breeze that is BYOB. We are huge fans of their diverse brunch menu and authentic Mexican dinner entrees, and locals love their fun and festive atmosphere. Cafe Ynez frequently tops our must-eat in Philly lists, and you will know why as soon as you take your first bite.
Reed Barrow’s SHS is all Americana, with a mean hamburger and a killer apple-braised pork belly with ham consommé. Bypass the cocktail list and tell the bartenders what flavor you're in the mood for and they'll whip up something just for you.
If you're looking for sushi, you're at the wrong place because coZara is all about small plates. Must-try items include the chicken wings seaweed salad, and tuna tar tar.
Chef Eli Kulp’s amps up this bistro with decadent plates in an avant grade style. Try the the smoked beets with beet gribiche or the grilled chicken thighs with eggplant BBQ. It's prefect for carnivores and omnivores alike.
Garage has an in-house food truck that features an ever-changing array of Philly chefs (beginners and pros). There's a ton of craft beer and it's got a BYO cheesesteak policy as well as pool and skeeball.
Chip Roman brings dry-aged Berkshire pork chops, chickpea fritters, deviled eggs with duck confit to Center City. Plus, there's happy hour every day (except Saturday) from 5-7pm.
Lolita is back with authentic tasting Mexican corn, habanero margaritas, the best guac in the city. They've also got pretty much every taco you can imagine -- from shrimp to fish to pulled pork to fried chicken.
Townsend has some lovely French food and wine pairings like the blue foot mushroom escargots or the succulent sea scallops. Upstairs is for lovers, while downstairs is more relaxed with a bar/indie rock vibe.
Flat Iron has many faces -- it's a dance party and music venue at night, a sports bar during games, and a place to bring your friends to eat during the day. It's got a great menu that includes gluten-free options too.
Mamou brings rustic Louisiana country to Philly through Executive Chef Paul Martin's Cajun menu. It's got everything from oyster shots to Mama Kat't gumbo to Confit rabbit nuggets.
If you've never been to a Japanese burrito bar, then get ready for a Subway-style build your own sandwich concept -- but with sushi. Try the fresh Slammin Salmon, shrimp tempura roll with pickled mango, cabbage, pepper teriyaki.
Charlie certainly was a sinner, and a glutenous one at that. Despite its mostly vegan menu, Charlie's knocks it out of the park with decadent small plates and seemingly whimsical cocktails that hit you fast. The warm, intimate interior with its dark wood-paneled walls and plush velvet booths is the perfect setting for a date night. Take a seat on one of the tufted benches by candlelit tables and try the always mysterious Charlie’s Punch.
The outdoor cafe features a full menu with must-tries like the wagyu burger, pork cuban, crab cakes, and lobster grilled cheese alongside a handful of beers, as well as wines by the glass and cocktails.
Junto promises locally sourced ingredients prepared with old world techniques. Try the chicken liver and schmaltz spread on rye toast.
Chef David Gilberg brings classics like lobster rolls, piri piri chicken, and crab cakes to you at the Penn's Landing resto. Sunday brunch is a can't miss event -- same with Tuesday night clam bakes.
Stock serves Vietnamese cuisine of high quality—grass-fed beef make up hearty broths. Vegetarian options are available like maitake and shiitake mushroom soup, complete with coconut milk, crushed peanuts, and Thai chilies. Vegan options are available, too. Definitely try the banh mi— it’s some of the best in the city.
The first floor main bar is cool and all, but the second floor is a boozy study lounge with free Wi-fi (because alcohol definitely helps studying) that turns into a dance club once the sun goes down.
They've got tons of fresh food that's made daily at Commonwealth Kitchen. It's menu boasts gourmet pizzas, hand-cut french fries, pasta, burgers, cheesesteaks, wings, and last but not least, the superhero 6ft hoagies.