East Passyunk Av­enue

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BING BING DIM SUM— Dim Sum. This spot along Passyunk Av­enue brings a new spin to the classic dim sum. Look for the classic soup dumplings along­side roast pork boa with sharp pro­volone and long hots and wok fried udon noo­dles with pressed tof­fee, mush­room and pea leaves. Plus pitcher-style cock­tails and happy hour M-F 5 pm-7 pm and Sa-Su 3 pm-5 pm. L, D (Daily). www. bing­bingdim­sum.com. 1648 E. Passyunk Ave., 215.279.7702. Map 3, D3

FOND— Amer­i­can. This in­ti­mate con­tem­po­rary Amer­i­can restau­rant is flecked with touches of chef Lee Styer’s classic French train­ing. The re­fined, sea­sonal menu might in­clude such gems as Thai curry es­car­got, seared foie gras with cran­ber­ries or the de­li­cious Beef Short Ribs with Borde­laise sauce. D ( Tu-Su). www.fond­philly.com. 1537 S. 11th St., 215.551.5000. Map 3, D3

LAU­REL— French. Lau­rel is the first restau­rant by Top Chef Ni­cholas Elmi. One bite of his trans­port­ing French-Amer­i­can food and that vic­tory will make all the sense in the world. The fresh ri­cotta gnoc­chi is a must-try. D ( Tu-Sa). www.restau­rant­lau­rel.com. 1617 E Passyunk Ave., 215.271.8299. Map 3, D3

NOORD— Amer­i­can. This classic BYOB bistro with a North­ern European fo­cus fea­tures lo­cally farmed pro­duce and meats, served in a re­laxed and friendly at­mos­phere. Breads and desserts

are made in-house, as are the smoked and cured fish and meats. All you have to do is bring the wine. D ( W-Su), Br (Su), pri­vate par­ties wel­come (M-Tu). www.no­ord­philly.com. 1046 Tasker St., 267.909.9704. Map 3, D3

PARADISO— Ital­ian. As a key player in the bur­geon­ing East Passyunk Av­enue din­ing scene, Paradiso brings only the fresh­est, most mouth-wa­ter­ing in­gre­di­ents to the ta­ble. Ex­pect hand-rolled gnoc­chi, ten­der meats and sa­vory seafood. L ( Tu-F), D ( Tu-Su). Sun­days BYOB with no cork­age fee. www.par­adisophilly.com. 1627 E. Passyunk Ave., 215.271.2066. Map 3, D3

STARGAZY— Bri­tish. The lunch and sup­per (read: early din­ner) crowd digs into hearty, re­gional Bri­tish cui­sine here. Pie and mash is a sta­ple of the menu, and fla­vors run the gamut from tra­di­tional beef and onion to daily spe­cials. Other house-made noshes in­clude sausage rolls, Cor­nish pasties, and banofee pie. 1838 E. Passyunk Ave., Map 3, D3

TOWNSEND— French. From broiled oys­ters to sauteed sweet­breads and lamb en co­cotte, wine and food of­fer­ings fol­low the sea­sons at chef-owner Townsend Wentz’s epony­mous fine French restau­rant in the East Passyunk din­ing dis­trict. This youth­ful ren­dezvous on East Passyunk is known for its mas­ter­ful food and wine pair­ings. If you can’t get a ta­ble, try for the bar, which serves the full menu. D ( W-M). www.townsendrestau­rant.com. 1623 E. Passyunk Ave., 267.639.3203. Map 3, D3

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