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24— Ital­ian/Pizza. An­tipasti, pizza and pasta dishes are the fo­cus at this Chef Garces’s lat­est din­ery along the Schuylkill Banks. Classic pizza op­tions are served along­side more un­usual choices in­clud­ing lamb sausage and clam piz­zas. Apart from the wood fired fare, din­ers will be treated to an ex­ten­sive Ital­ian wine list. The “Aper­i­tivo” happy hour

oc­curs daily with drink spe­cials, snacks and small plates. L, D (daily.) www.24philly. com. 2401 Wal­nut St., 215.333.3331.

BANK & BOUR­BON— Amer­i­can. This speakeasy-style bar and restau­rant in the lobby of the Loews Ho­tel pre­pares in­no­va­tive and far-reach­ing Amer­i­cana, rang­ing from the acai berry smoothie on the break­fast menu to the 32 oz. dry-aged cow­boy steak on the din­ner menu. They even bar­rel age their own liquor, and of­fer a locker mem­ber­ship for true bour­bon lovers who want to age their own stock. B,L, D (daily). bankand­bour­bon.com. 1200 Mar­ket St., 215.231.7300. Map 1, I5

BAR BOMBÓN— Ve­gan. Make it your mis­sion to sa­vor Puerto Ri­can em­panadas and Venezuela-in­flu­enced arepas; the en­tirely ve­gan Latin-Amer­ica menu can be en­joyed Old San Juan style in this cozy 30-seat spot. If time is tight, pa­trons can en­joy their tacos and stuffed plan­tains on the go from the restau­rant’s con­ve­nient take­out win­dow. L, D (daily). www.bar­bom­bon.com. 133 S. 18th St., 267.606.6612. Map 1, G6

BAR­CLAY PRIME— Steak. This so­phis­ti­cated bou­tique steak­house boasts prime cuts, a raw bar and a bounty of caviars, along with Philly’s most op­u­lent sand­wich, by re­quest: a 100 cheeses­teak com­plete with a wagyu rib eye, foie gras, and truf­fled Cheez Whiz on a fresh baked sesame roll. D (Daily). www.bar­clayprime.com. 237 S. 18th St., 215.732.7560. Map 1, G6

5 pm. pm- www.finepalate­group.com.11 pm, F-Sa 11:30 am-3:30 am, 231 SuS. 15th11 am-3:30St., 267.318.7971. Map 1, H6

HARP wall­pa­pered& CROWN— 140-seat Amer­i­can. din­ing Up­stairs,room pro­vides a vin­tage- old world-style­func­tions as am­biance,a bar and two-lane,while the down­stairs reser­va­tions-onlyspace bowl­ing char­cu­terie al­ley, and El­bow New-Amer­i­canLane. Wood-fired en­trees pizza, serves as the fare in this cozy spot, paired with a dis­tinct cocktail menu. L (M-F), D (daily). harpcrown.com. 1525 San­som St., 215.330.2800. Map 1, H6

JAMES— Amer­i­can. This new restau­rant from the own­ers of Mac’s Tav­ern aims to blend a cozy din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with modern Amer­i­can cui­sine, with a menu boast­ing op­tions in­clud­ing lob­ster ravi­oli, The James Burger and Moroc­can spiced wings. The restau­rant’s sig­na­ture cock­tails are the ef­forts of a team of vet­eran mixol­o­gists, crafted with lo­cal spir­its and fresh-squeezed juices. L, D (daily). www.jame­sphiladel­phia.com. 1835 Arch St., 267.324.5005. Map 1, G4

LACROIX— French. Fea­tur­ing sump­tu­ous cui­sine, a spec­tac­u­lar wine list and invit­ing dé­cor, Lacroix has right­fully earned its rep­u­ta­tion as one of the city’s best din­ing des­ti­na­tions. Reser­va­tions sug­gested. B,L, D (daily). www.lacroixrestau­rant.com. 210 W. Rit­ten­house Square, 215.790.2533. Map 1, G6

MARATHON GRILL— Amer­i­can. Pop­u­lar with the down­town work crowd, fam­i­lies and ladies who lunch, this ca­sual spot fea­tures all day break­fast, week­end brunch, “con­trol freak” sal­ads, great grilled items, burg­ers, and smooth­ies. Hours vary by lo­ca­tion. www.marathon­grill.com. 121 S. 16th St., 215.569.3278. Map 1, H5; 1818 Mar­ket St., 215.561.1818. Map 1, G5; 1839 Spruce St., 215.731.0800. Map 1, G6

R2L— Amer­i­can. On the 37th floor of Two Lib­erty Place, chef Daniel Stern gives modern twists to tra­di­tional Amer­i­can fla­vors. The stunning sky­line views make R2L one of Philly’s most spec­tac­u­lar din­ing des­ti­na­tions. D (daily). www.r2l­restau­rant.com. 50 S. 16th St., 37th floor, 215.564.5337. Map 1, H5

ROUGE— Amer­i­can. Over­look­ing Rit­ten­house Square, an el­e­gant crowd tucks into the sump­tu­ous din­ing room to feast on up­scale com­fort food (like the fa­mous burger), or sip a stylish cocktail at the ever-pop­u­lar bar. When the weather is fine, the pa­tio ta­bles fill quickly. L, D (daily). www.rouge98.com. 205 S. 18th St., 215.732.6622. Map 1, G5

SCARPETTA— Modern Ital­ian. The Rit­ten­house Ho­tel re­cently wel­comed a new restau­rant. From LDV Hos­pi­tal­ity comes the up­scale, modern Ital­ian spot known around the coun­try for serv­ing de­li­cious and fresh cui­sine. Us­ing lo­cal in­gre­di­ents, din­ers can ex­pect Scarpetta’s sig­na­ture dishes like the tomato and basil spaghetti along­side new items tai­lored specif­i­cally for Philadel­phia, plus an ex­ten­sive wine list, dis­tilled spir­its, cock­tails and beer. L, D (daily). www.ld­vhos­pi­tal­ity.com/brands/scarpetta. 210 W. Rit­ten­house Sq., 212.244.8866. Map 1, G6

SEAFOOD UN­LIM­ITED— Seafood. Lo­cated just off of Rit­ten­house Square, this in­ti­mate neigh­bor­hood fa­vorite spe­cial­izes in sim­ply pre­pared fresh fish and seafood selections. D (daily), Br (Su). www.seafoodun­lim­ited.com. 270 S. 20th St., 215.732.3663. Map 1, G6 SKYBRUNCH AT THE VISTA ROOM— Amer­i­can. Your Sun­day brunch served up with a side of awe, 50

sto­ries above the streets of Philadel­phia, with panoramic views of the Ben­jamin Franklin Park­way and be­yond. Ex­plore six care­fully cu­rated food sta­tions and en­joy de­li­cious themed cock­tails. B, Br (Su). www.skybrunch.com. 1717 Arch St., 50th Floor, 215.557.1999. Map 1, G4

SOUTH— Amer­i­can. South of­fers a plush bar and lounge area with a 50-plus-bot­tle Amer­i­can whiskey pro­gram fea­tur­ing bar­rel-aged and bot­tle-con­di­tioned cock­tails and in­fused spir­its, an el­e­gant Din­ing Hall where Chef Paul Martin serves re­fined and vi­brant South­ern fare, and a Jazz Parlor, which hosts a spec­tac­u­lar line-up of live per­fomers

six nights a week. www.southrestau­rant.net. 600 N. Broad St., 215.600.0220. Map 1, H2

SQUARE 1682— In­ter­na­tional. Chef Caitlin Ma­teo serves up cre­ative, fla­vor­ful com­bi­na­tions at Square 1682, lo­cated ad­ja­cent to the stylish Ho­tel Palo­mar. You’ll find share­able plates and a vibe that blends ca­sual and cos­mopoli­tan into a dis­tinctly cool din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. B, L (M-F), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). www.square1682.com. 121 S. 17th St., 215.563.5008. Map 1, G5 THE PRIME RIB— Steak. The Prime Rib serves topqual­ity beef and chops, plus award-win­ning crab

cakes and seafood flown in daily. The dé­cor is rem­i­nis­cent of a so­phis­ti­cated 1940s sup­per club, with live piano nightly in the dimly lit lounge. D (daily). www.thep­rimerib.com. 1701 Lo­cust St., 215.772.1701. Map 1, G6

TRIA— Wine Bar. Three of the world’s great plea­sures (wine, beer and cheese) con­verge at this in­no­va­tive bar and small-plate restau­rant. L, D (Daily). www.tri­a­cafe.com. 123 S. 18th St., 215.972.8742. Map 1, G5; 1137 Spruce St., 215.629.9200. Map 1, I6 UR­BAN FARMER— Steak House. Sit­u­ated on Philadel­phia’s historic Lo­gan Square, Ur­ban Farmer Philadel­phia is a modern steak­house bring­ing “ru­ral chic” to life. Ev­ery as­pect of Ur­ban Farmer from the food, to the decor, is thought­fully tai­lored to the peo­ple who live, work and visit the city. Ur­ban Farmer’s menu em­pha­sizes the pride of lo­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents and au­then­tic, straight­for­ward prepa­ra­tions. B,L,D (daily), brunch (Sa & Su). www. ur­ban­farmer­philadel­phia.com. 1850 Ben­jamin Franklin Park­way, 215.963.2788. Map 1, G4

VERNICK FOOD & DRINK— Amer­i­can. Chef Greg Vernick’s thought­ful menu of global plates show­cases tech­niques he per­fected while work­ing in kitchens with Jean-Ge­orges Von­gerichten

around the world. Don’t miss the de­lec­ta­ble en­trees roasted to per­fec­tion in their wood-oven oven, in­clud­ing the or­ganic Amish chicken. D ( Tu-Su). www.ver­nick­philly.com. 2031 Wal­nut St., 267.639.6644. Map 1, G5

VIL­LAGE WHISKEY— Amer­i­can. The cozy, sa­loon-in­spired space (think dim light­ing, an­tique mir­rors and leather ban­quettes) serves a wealth of whiskies and in­ven­tive cock­tails along­side sim­ple bar food and ad­dic­tive burg­ers. L, D (Daily), brunch (Sa-Su). www.vil­lage­whiskey.com. 118 S. 20th St., 215.665.1088. Map 1, G5

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