Center City & Rittenhouse
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
BARIL— American. This Rittenhouse Square standout features exposed brick walls and unfinished dark wood tables and bar stools, a look that offsets the marble bar and overall classy vibe of GM Michael Franco’s labor of love. The menu focuses on elevated versions of hearty American basics. The house “Cheese Guy” singles out superb artisanal selections that changes weekly. Do splurge on the warm brioche beignets. L ( Tu-F), D ( Tu-Su), brunch (SaSu). www.crowandthepitcher.com. 267 S. 19th St., 267.687.2608. Map 1, G6
BUTCHER AND SINGER— Steak. This stunning steak and chop house from Stephen Starr has a modern supper-club vibe, thanks to 28-foot ceilings, seductive leather booths, bold draperies and two magnificent chandeliers. L (M-F), D (Daily). www.butcherandsinger.com. 15th and Walnut streets, 215.732.4444. Map H5