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The best of Philadel­phia din­ing and drink­ing.

Tucked away in adorable New­town Square, Firepoint Grill show­cases an open kitchen with a wood-fired grill, manned by Cor­po­rate Chef Christo­pher Heath and Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Ni­colo Catenza. Their Sun­day brunch is a fa­vorite among Main Line lo­cals. In ad­di­tion to break­fast sta­ples, in­clud­ing blue­berry buttermilk pan­cakes and Bel­gian waf­fles, you will also find twists on clas­sics, like ba­nanas Fos­ter French toast and por­to­bello eggs Bene­dict. In the mood for lunch in­stead? From 10 AM to 3 PM, the ro­bust menu also of­fers a burger bar and a va­ri­ety of hand­made wood-fired piz­zas. In early April, Firepoint opened its cov­ered out­door pa­tio, which boasts a full bar, lounge seat­ing, ceil­ing fans, heaters, and a cozy fire­place. 3739 West Ch­ester Pike, New­town Square, 484428-3093; fire­point­


This sleek Rit­ten­house eatery oozes culi­nary con­fi­dence thanks to cre­ative sea­sonal small plates, a char­coal grill, and thought­ful pours. Sneak down the hall­way to for a post­pran­dial cock­tail. IN­SIDER TIP: Grab a seat at the chef’s counter and try one of the wine flights fea­tur­ing a trio of tastes from the ter­roir-driven wine list. 135 S. 18th St., 215-825-7030; ak­itchenand­


Jose Garces be­gan his em­pire with Amada, a rus­tic-chic res­tau­rant that cel­e­brates Span­ish cui­sine. Get a front-row seat to the the­atrics at the chef’s counter and dive into sig­na­ture plates like lob­ster paella and roasted suck­ling pig. 217–219 Ch­est­nut St., 215-625-2450; amadarestau­


Lo­cated in the lobby of the iconic Ritz-carl­ton, Aqimero brings unique fla­vors from chef Richard Sandoval. Thanks to the wood-fired grill, plates like filet mignon, whole Maine lob­ster, king Pa­cific salmon, and rib eye can be or­dered in an ar­ray of mari­nades, in­clud­ing adobo and mojo. 10 Av­enue of the Arts, 215-523-8200; richard­san­


The new­est ad­di­tion to Marty Grims’s im­pres­sive res­tau­rant col­lec­tion is Au­to­graph Brasserie, a mod­ern Amer­i­can eatery fea­tur­ing a con­tem­po­rary menu from Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Ralph Fer­nan­dez. The walls of the Wayne res­tau­rant are cov­ered with over 1,000 celebrity au­to­graphs and record al­bums. Guests can en­joy truf­fle wild-mush­room toast, but­ter­nut squash ravi­oli, and an ar­ti­sanal cheese plate from Fer­nan­dez’s kitchen, which uses only the fresh­est in­gre­di­ents avail­able. 503 W. Lan­caster Ave., Wayne, 610964-2588; au­to­graph­


Nes­tled in­side the his­toric Bar­clay Build­ing, this luxe Stephen Starr steak­house boasts some of the best cuts of beef in town. Ar­rive early or stay late to en­joy the in­ti­mate li­brary lounge—with a mar­tini in hand, of course. IN­SIDER TIP: The Bar­clay Prime Cheeses­teak takes the clas­sic Philly sand­wich to new culi­nary heights with Ja­panese Wagyu beef, foie gras, and truf­fles. 237 S. 18th St., 215-732-7560; bar­


Stephen Starr’s ode to Asian fu­sion re­mains one of Philly’s big­gest res­tau­rant suc­cess sto­ries. Guests Zen out over share­able plates, ly­chee mar­ti­nis, and the tow­er­ing golden Bud­dha that lords over the din­ing room. 325 Ch­est­nut St., 215-5749440;


The tal­ented team be­hind city fa­vorites like Valanni, Mer­cato, and Varga Bar in­vite you to join them in a meat lover’s par­adise. Menu items such as house-made beef jerky, ba­con ched­dar brats, and mother-ap­proved Ital­ian meat­balls are ac­com­pa­nied by an im­pres­sive whiskey-based cock­tail pro­gram. 2034 Ch­est­nut St., 215-5636328;


Open for more than two decades, Caffe Aldo Lam­berti has some­thing for ev­ery taste and oc­ca­sion. Go ca­sual with small plates at the bar or re­serve a ta­ble for two and sam­ple from an ex­haus­tive menu of Ital­ian fare—both tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary—in the main din­ing room. 2011 Rte. 70 W., Cherry Hill, NJ, 856-6631747; caf­fe­lam­


Teddy Sourias, the restau­ra­teur be­hind BRU Craft & Wurst and U-bahn, has opened a cider and sour

bar in Cen­ter City that fea­tures 32 taps and 70-plus bot­tles. Chef Jonathan Petruce pro­vides the per­fect pair­ings with ar­ti­sanal piz­zas, fresh mus­sels and oys­ters, cheese boards, and more. On your next visit, or­der up the lamb sausage pizza with moz­zarella and shishito pep­per, and pair it with the Big Hill Mar­malade cider for a sweet end­ing. 1500 Lo­cust St., 267-7615582; cin­der­


This Ital­ian res­tau­rant’s best dishes are culled from gen­er­a­tions of fam­ily recipes: Think clas­sics like chicken cac­cia­tore, veal française, and lasagna. Stop by on Fri­days and Satur­days for live mu­sic and late-night danc­ing. 256 S. 20th St., 215-5463935; dan­geloris­


This sec­ond-floor Rit­ten­house steak­house con­tin­ues to rein­vent it­self with sea­sonal dishes and cock­tails, gluten-free menus, and a deca­dent Sun­day brunch. Don’t miss the famed cheeses­teak spring rolls. IN­SIDER TIP: If you are spend­ing the day shopping at the new King of Prus­sia Town Cen­ter, pop into the res­tau­rant’s new­est lo­ca­tion, which fea­tures the same great menu as the Cen­ter City spot plus out­door din­ing. 111 S. 17th St., 215-563-4810;


Af­ter more than a year of ren­o­va­tions, this too-cute-to-han­dle Rit­ten­house din­ing in­sti­tu­tion re­cently opened un­der new own­er­ship. Upon en­ter­ing the cozy and dimly lit space, guests will be pleased to find an ar­ray of fresh fish and steak ap­pe­tiz­ers and en­trées on the menu, as well as veg­etable­based dishes like roasted root veg­etable salad with a buttermilk dress­ing. IN­SIDER TIP: The res­tau­rant has an ar­ray of spe­cialty cock­tails and beers, but be sure to check out the on-tap wines as well. 261 S. 21st St., 215-546-4232; fri­daysat­ur­day­sun­

One of At­lantic City’s pre­mier din­ing des­ti­na­tions, Gi­ra­sole fea­tures a sea­sonal menu high­light­ing Ital­ian fa­vorites from gnoc­chi to tagli­olini, which are all made by hand in-house. Cel­e­brat­ing its 25th an­niver­sary, the fam­ily-owned eatery cre­ates made-to­order dishes with the fresh­est and most au­then­tic in­gre­di­ents out­side of Italy. Spend the sum­mer din­ing un­der the stars in the beau­ti­ful out­door gar­den din­ing area. 3108 Pa­cific Ave., At­lantic City, 609-345-5554; my­gi­ra­


The deep Ital­ian her­itage of this land­mark bilevel café can be found in both the im­pres­sive menu and the beau­ti­ful dé­cor. In ad­di­tion to fresh pasta and br­uschetta, save room for the creamy, rich, hand­made gelato and mas­car­pone and fresh roasted cof­fee-in­fused tiramisu. 1716 Ch­est­nut St., 215-568-5600; grancaf­fe­


Michael Schul­son adds another notch on his res­tau­rant belt with Harp & Crown, a San­som Street hide­away adorned with vin­tage wall­pa­per and chan­de­liers. Menu highlights in­clude big­eye tuna crudo and a farro pasta splashed with spinach pesto, ri­cotta, and crispy ham. IN­SIDER TIP: The city’s buzzi­est new res­tau­rant and bar is also home to a two-lane, reser­va­tions-only bowl­ing al­ley. 1525 San­som St., 215-330-2800;


Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Jonathan Ci­chon leads the charge at the Rit­ten­house Ho­tel’s cel­e­brated kitchen, where his art­ful dishes are in­spired by the sea­sons and lo­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents. Drop by the Li­brary Bar or the Mary Cas­satt Tea Room to ex­pe­ri­ence all the ho­tel has to of­fer. IN­SIDER TIP: Lacroix’s som­me­liers can pair any menu item with your drink of choice, from hand­crafted li­ba­tions to craft beers. 210 W. Rit­ten­house Sq., 215-790-2533; lacroixrestau­


Since early 2000, Marie Ni­cole’s has been a sta­ple in Wild­wood Crest. Lo­cated on Di­a­mond Beach, it serves up­scale food with an el­e­gant, mod­ern twist. There’s an ar­ray of tra­di­tional Ital­ian dishes, plus a cock­tail menu filled with mar­ti­nis, bour­bons, craft beers, and vin­tage wines. On Thurs­days, the res­tau­rant of­fers sig­na­ture burg­ers made from short rib, brisket, and steak trim­mings. Did we men­tion that all the burg­ers come with truf­fle-herb fries? 9510 Pa­cific Ave., Wild­wood Crest, NJ, 609-522-5425; marieni­


This en­dur­ing hot spot ra­di­ates an un­mis­tak­ably trendy vibe. In ad­di­tion to raw and sushi bars, Iron Chef Masa­haru Mo­ri­moto of­fers dishes such as light, ten­der rock shrimp tem­pura and spicy king crab. Re­serve a seat at the chef’s counter to sur­vey the hec­tic kitchen and min­i­mal­ist din­ing room. 723 Ch­est­nut St., 215-413-9070; mo­ri­mo­torestau­


The warm, invit­ing at­mos­phere at Marc Vetri’s North­ern Ital­ian-in­spired res­tau­rant is rea­son enough to pay a visit. Plant your group of 14 at the Kitchen Ta­ble, or rent out Osteria for a seated din­ner or stand­ing-only cock­tail re­cep­tion. 640 N. Broad St., 215-7630920; os­te­


Lo­cated in­side the quaint Penn’s View Ho­tel, Luca Sena’s newly ren­o­vated Panorama has been an Ital­ian din­ing sta­ple in Philadel­phia since 1900. The ca­su­ally el­e­gant am­bi­ence pairs well with the up­dated menu—though fa­vorites that have been in Sena’s fam­ily for gen­er­a­tions, like the homemade pas­tas and the bra­ci­ola, re­main. 14 N. Front St., 215-9227800; pennsviewho­


You’ll be trans­ported to the coast of Italy cour­tesy of the stark white tiles and beau­ti­ful mu­rals at this Old City fa­vorite. Known for sa­vory Ital­ian cui­sine, Positano Coast also of­fers some of the city’s fresh­est seafood. Opt for the tuna tartare or the crab­meat tacos with chipo­tle aioli. 212 Wal­nut St., 215-238-0499; posi­

Lo­cals al­ways know the best places to eat, and for brunch on the Main Line, that’s Firepoint Grill.

Butcher Bar is a cut above.

Sea­sonal cock­tail from

Tredici’s in­ti­mate, mar­ble-topped raw bar is a pop­u­lar spot to en­joy happy hour or brunch.

See­ing red: Sur­vey­ing the stylish scene at Rit­ten­house fa­vorite, Rouge.

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