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24— Ital­ian/Pizza. An­tipasti, pizza and pasta dishes are the fo­cus at this chef Jose Garces eatery along the Schuylkill Banks. Clas­sic pizza op­tions are served along­side more un­usual choices in­clud­ing lamb sausage or 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 (M-F), D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). www.24philly.com. 2401 Wal­nut St., 215.333.3331. $$ Map 1, F5 A. KITCHEN— Mediter­ranean. An open kitchen, shared plates and a ca­sual yet so­phis­ti­cated at­mos­phere de­fine this well-re­garded Euro­peanstyle eatery. Ex­pect a thought­ful wine list, craft beers and tasty cock­tails. B, L (M-F), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). www.ak­itchenand­bar.com. 135 S. 18th St., 215.825.7030. $$ Map 1, G5 BAOLOGY— Tai­wanese. Hus­band-and-wife team, Judy Ni and Andy Tessier’s first restau­rant serves up fast-ca­sual street food with a ros­ter of ingredients that changes with the sea­son. On the menu, find Ni’s child­hood fa­vorites the way her grand­mother made: Berk­shire pork, shrimp and spinach pot­stick­ers; Tai­wanese free-range fried chicken; wild-caught shrimp ruen bings (like a mini bur­rito). L (M-Sa), D (M-F). www.baology.com. 1829 John F. Kennedy Blvd., 215.999.2263. $ Map 1, G4 BLUE­STONE LANE— Cof­fee House. This Aus­tralianstyle cafe pours caf­feinated drinks, plus a sig­na­ture av­o­cado “smash” on multi­grain toast with sun­flow­ers and a pepita-seed pesto, goat cheese and an op­tional or­ganic poached egg. B, L (daily). Hours and meals vary by lo­ca­tion. www.blue­stonela­neny. com. 1701 Lo­cust St., 718.374.6858. $ Map 1, G6; 160 N. Gulph Road, 267.758.5915. BUTCHER AND SINGER— Steak. This stun­ning steak and chop house from Stephen Starr has a mod­ern sup­per-club vibe, thanks to 28-foot-high ceil­ings, se­duc­tive leather booths, bold draperies and two mag­nif­i­cent chan­de­liers. It’s a glam set­ting for tuck­ing into Starr’s top-notch steaks and chops. L (M-F), D (daily). www.butcherandsinger.com. 1500 Wal­nut St., 215.732.4444. $$$ Map 1, H5 DAVIO’S NORTH­ERN ITAL­IAN STEAK­HOUSE— Steak. On the sec­ond floor of the his­toric Prov­i­dent Bank Build­ing, Davio’s serves prime nat­u­ral-aged steaks as well as veal chops and seafood be­neath soar­ing 24-foot ceil­ings. B, L (M-F), D (daily), Br (Su). www.davios.com. 111 S. 17th St., 215.563.4810. $$$ Map 1, G5 DEL FRISCO’S DOU­BLE EA­GLE STEAK HOUSE— Steak­house. En­joy top-qual­ity steaks in an el­e­gant booth or drink up at one of a hand­ful of bars lo­cated within the sweep­ing for­mer First Penn­syl­va­nia Bank build­ing. Pa­trons can dine in the Vault Room (a for­mer bank vault) or be­low the restau­rant’s ex­trav­a­gant three-story wine tower. L (M-F), D (Daily). www.del­friscos.com. 1426 Ch­est­nut St., 215.246.0533. $$$ Map 1, H5 ELIXR COF­FEE— Cof­fee. Founded in 2010, this roaster started as an idea be­tween friends. To­day, in ad­di­tion to roast­ing, the shop sources, pre­pares and de­liv­ers de­li­cious light-roast brews. In the mood for a side of art with your cof­fee? Elixr also hosts a top-notch ro­tat­ing se­ries of mu­rals and in­stal­la­tions. M-Sa 7 am-8 pm, Su 8 am-7 pm. www. elixr­cof­fee.com. 207 S. Sy­den­ham St., 239.404.1730. $ Map 1, H5 ERAWAN THAI CUI­SINE— Thai. This invit­ing BYOB of­fers tasty and au­then­tic dishes with fresh ingredients. A friendly staff helps guests se­lect spices to fit spe­cific tastes. BYOB. L, D ( Tu-Su). www. er­awan­thaiphilly.com. 123 S. 23rd St., 215.567.2542. $$ Map 1, F5

FINE PALATE— Global Amer­i­can. This fine-din­ing es­tab­lish­ment fo­cuses on glob­ally in­spired fare us­ing high-qual­ity ingredients. En­joy fried oys­ters at brunch and pork belly, quail and black truf­fle mac and cheese at din­ner. D ( Tu-Sa), Br (Sa-Su). www. finepalate­group.com. 231 S. 15th St., 267.318.7971. $$-$$$ Map 1, H6 GOLDIE— Mid­dle East­ern. From James Beard Award-win­ner Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook, own­ers of lauded Za­hav, comes this fast­ca­sual con­cept with a sim­ple menu: falafel, fries and tehina shakes. Lo­cated above Rooster Soup Com­pany. L, D (daily). www.goldiefalafel.com. 1526 Sansom St., 267.239.0777. $ Map 1, H5; 2101 Penn­syl­va­nia Ave., 215.557.0015. HARP & CROWN— Amer­i­can. Up­stairs, a vin­tage­wall­pa­pered 140-seat din­ing room pro­vides Old World-style am­biance, while down­stairs, a bar and two-lane, reser­va­tions-only bowl­ing al­ley called El­bow Lane keep rev­el­ers en­ter­tained. For sus­te­nance, find wood-fired pizza, char­cu­terie and New Amer­i­can en­trees, plus a dis­tinc­tive cock­tail list. D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). www.harpcrown.com. 1525 Sansom St., 215.330.2800. $$ Map 1, H5 JAMES— Amer­i­can. This restau­rant aims to blend a cozy din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with mod­ern Amer­i­can cui­sine, like ba­con wrapped meat­loaf and Moroccan-spiced wings. The restau­rant’s sig­na­ture cock­tails are the ef­forts of a team of vet­eran mixol­o­gists, crafted with lo­cal spir­its and fresh-squeezed juices. L (M-F), D (daily), Br (SaSu). www.jame­sphiladel­phia.com. 1835 Arch St., 267.324.5005. $$$ JOE COF­FEE— Cof­fee. Founded in 2003 in New York City’s West Vil­lage, Joe has made its way to Philadel­phia with lo­ca­tions in Univer­sity City and Rit­ten­house Square. With a com­mit­ment to fair trade and qual­ity, this cafe aims to make a cup of cof­fee that’s sat­is­fy­ing in more ways than one. Hours vary by lo­ca­tion. www.joe­newyork.com. 1845 Wal­nut St., 215.278.2454. Map 1, G5; 3200 Ch­est­nut St., 215.240.4577. Map 1, D5 KAYU— Amer­i­can. Healthy grain bowls, soups, sand­wiches and DIY sal­ads greet folks at this bright and friendly spot in­side the 3 Lo­gan Square build­ing. B, L (M-F). www.kayu­foods.com. 1717 Arch St., 267.639.9949. $ Map 1, G4 LACROIX— French. Fea­tur­ing sump­tu­ous cui­sine, a top-notch 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, Br (daily). www.lacroixrestau­rant. com. 210 W. Rit­ten­house Square, 215.790.2533. $$$ Map 1, G6 LE CHERI— Clas­sic French. Pierre and Char­lotte Calmels’ el­e­gant Art Al­liance restau­rant of­fers Old World tra­di­tions in dishes like lamb osso bucco, poached hal­ibut and a clas­sic onion soup grat­inée. Reser­va­tions are re­quired for the din­ing rooms, but the 14-seat bar is walk-in only. D ( WSu), Br (F-Su). www.leche­riphilly.com. 251 S. 18th St., 215.546.7700. $$$-$$$$ Map 1, G6 THE LOVE— Amer­i­can. Aimee Olexy and James Beard Award-win­ner Stephen Starr’s ven­ture gives am­ple rea­son for fall­ing in love, from the tasty fare to the cozy bar and dimly lit din­ing room. Stop in for a cock­tail with clever names like “A Very Good Bour­bon Drink,” mix­ing Jim Beam Black with Gran Clas­sico Bit­ter, Iris ver­mouth and ap­ple cider. Move on to din­ner with ap­proach­able, yet cre­ative dishes like whole smoked trout with kale, maple farro and spicy pecans. Groups of up to 20 spread the good vibes around a coun­try-style com­mu­nal ta­ble in the up­stairs loft. L (M-F), D (daily), Br (SaSu). www.th­elover­estau­rant.com. 130 S. 18th St., 215.433.1555. $$$ Map 1, G5 MARATHON GRILL— Amer­i­can. Pop­u­lar with the down­town work crowd, fam­i­lies and ladies who lunch, this ca­sual spot fea­tures all day break­fast, “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

OCEAN PRIME— Seafood & Steak. Most of the dishes on the seafood-for­ward menu at this splashy out­post from restau­ra­teur Cameron Mitchell are made from scratch. Don’t miss the restau­rant’s fa­mous 10-layer car­rot cake or some­thing from the Wine Spec­ta­tor Award-win­ning wine col­lec­tion and sig­na­ture cock­tail list. D (daily). www. ocean-prime.com. 124 S. 15th St., 215.563.0163. $$$$ Map 1, H5 PARC— French. From Philly restau­ra­teur Stephen Starr comes this see-and-be-seen brasserie over­look­ing Rit­ten­house Square. Clas­sic fare, décor (a zinc bar, vin­tage pho­tos), lively side­walk ta­bles and a chic crowd give this spa­cious restau­rant end­less ap­peal. B, L, D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). www. parc-restau­rant.com. 227 S. 18th St., 215.545.2262. $$ Map 1, G6 PLENTY CAFE— Cafe, Restau­rant & Bar. This “Best of Philly” Euro­pean-style spot of­fers a Pin­ter­est­wor­thy back­drop for tuck­ing into a menu that trots the globe. Dishes in­clude Span­ish frittata and shak­shuka, plus break­fast all day. Caf­feine fiends will be pleased to find a java pro­gram that part­ners with Square One Cof­fee, pour­ing sin­gle­o­ri­gin ni­tros, cold brews and even a sea­sonal cof­fee soda on tap. Beer, wine, cock­tails. B, L, D (daily). www.plen­ty­philadel­phia.com. 1602 Spruce St., 215.560.8684. $-$$ Map 1, H6; 1710 E. Passyunk Ave., 267.909.8033; 705 S. Fifth St., 267.758.6791.

POI DOG— Hawai­ian. This for­mer food truck now calls a brick-and-mor­tar store­front home for serv­ing Hawai­ian com­fort foods with a mod­ern twist. Dig into lighter fare like tuna poke with macadamia nuts and Spam musubi, or stick-to-your-bones plates of kalua pig, mochi nori fried chicken or pork belly adobo with mac­a­roni salad and white rice. Sweet end­ings in­clude bibinka (Filipino co­conut cake with guava caramel), andagi (Ok­i­nawan donuts) and but­ter mochi. L, D (M-Sa). www. poidog­philly.com. 102 S. 21st St., 215.279.7015. $ Map 1, F5 THE PRIME RIB— Steak. This “civ­i­lized” sup­per club serves ac­claimed USDA prime cuts, seafood that’s flown in daily and wines from a top-notch list. The so­phis­ti­cated din­ing room takes din­ers back to the 1940s, with live pi­ano nightly in the ro­man­tic, dimly lit lounge. D (daily). www.thep­rimerib.com. 1701 Lo­cust St., 215.772.1701. $$$ Map 1, G6 PUB & KITCHEN— Con­tem­po­rary Euro­pean. Opened in 2008, Pub & Kitchen com­bines the so­phis­ti­ca­tion of con­tem­po­rary Euro­pean cui­sine with the com­fort and warmth of an au­then­tic neighborhood tav­ern. With a fre­quently chang­ing menu and an ex­ten­sive list of spir­its, beer and wine, Pub & Kitchen is a ca­sual and en­er­getic space where well-crafted food and drink go hand-

in-hand. D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). www.thep­uband kitchen.com. 1946 Lom­bard St., 215.545.0350. $$$ Map 1, G6

R2L— Amer­i­can. Lo­cated on the 37th floor of Two Lib­erty Place, chef Daniel Stern’s restau­rant of­fers mod­ern twists on tra­di­tional Amer­i­can fla­vors. The stun­ning sky­line views make this spot one of Philly’s most spec­tac­u­lar din­ing des­ti­na­tions. D (daily). www.r2l­restau­rant.com. 50 S. 16th St., 37th floor, 215.564.5337. $$ Map 1, H5 SCARPETTA— Mod­ern Ital­ian. The Rit­ten­house Ho­tel’s James Beard-nom­i­nated restau­rant of­fers a so­phis­ti­cated wine cel­lar-like din­ing room for in­dulging in up­scale Ital­ian cui­sine made with lo­cal ingredients. Ex­pect house-made pas­tas, like the restau­rant’s sig­na­ture, tomato and basil spaghetti, plus dishes like Ni­man Ranch porter­house lamb. Ex­ten­sive wine list, dis­tilled spir­its, cock­tails and beer. D (daily). www.scar­pettarestau­rants.com/ philadel­phia. 210 W. Rit­ten­house Square, 215.558.4199. $$$-$$$$ 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 (M-Sa). www.seafoodun­lim­ited.com. 270 S. 20th St., 215.732.3663. $$$ Map 1, G6 SNAP KITCHEN— Amer­i­can. This Texas-based fast-ca­sual spot of­fers healthy takes on fa­vorites, with most en­trees un­der 500 calo­ries. Also here, a full line of cold-pressed juices and snacks. B, L, D (daily). www.snap­kitchen.com. 1901 Ch­est­nut St., 215.845.0002. $ Map 1, G5; 601 S. 10th St., 215.845.0027. Map 1, I7; 1325 Frank­ford Ave., 267.838.6590.; 243 Mar­ket St., 215.845.0004. Map 2, D5

SOUTH— Amer­i­can. Din­ers here can choose from three dis­tinct ar­eas: an el­e­gant din­ing hall, a con­vivial bar/lounge and a lively jazz par­lor host­ing top acts six nights a week. As the name sug­gests, the menu tips its hat to the Amer­i­can South, but with mod­ern flair in dishes like Ca­jun shrimp dev­iled eggs, fried cat­fish and grits and a veg­gie jam­a­bal­aya. D ( Tu-Su), Br (Su). www.south restau­rant.net. 600 N. Broad St., 215.600.0220. $$$ Map 1, H2 SQUARE 1682— In­ter­na­tional. Chef Bobby Sur­dam serves up cre­ative, fla­vor­ful com­bi­na­tions at Square 1682, lo­cated ad­ja­cent to the stylish Ho­tel Palo­mar. You’ll find share­able plates and a vibe that blends ca­sual and cos­mopoli­tan into a dis­tinctly cool din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. And when you’re on the go, try the sea­sonal lunch menu with ex­press op­tions that are quick and de­li­cious. B, L (M-F), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). www.square1682.com. 121 S. 17th St., 215.563.5008. $$ Map 1, G5 SQUARE ONE COF­FEE— Cof­fee. This award-win­ning mi­cro-roaster based out of Lan­caster now has two re­tail lo­ca­tions in the city. The small, fam­ily-owned busi­ness takes pride in tak­ing a small batch, hand­crafted ap­proach to roast­ing, and it shows in the cof­fee­houses of­fer­ings. Hours vary by lo­ca­tion. www.square­onecof­fee.com. 1811 John F. Kennedy Blvd., 267.930.8654. $ Map 1, G4; 249 S. 13th St., 267.758.6352. Map 1, I6 SUGA BY SU­SANNA FOO— Chinese. Two-time James Beard Award-win­ning chef Su­sanna Foo’s ven­ture uses farm-fresh ingredients with fine-din­ing tech­niques in dishes like tea-smoked Pek­ing duck breast with farro risotto and Man­darin pork

pasta. L, D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). www.sug­aby­foo.com. 1720 Sansom St., 215.717.8968. $$$-$$$$ Map 1, G5 UR­BAN FARMER— Steak House. On his­toric Lo­gan Square, this mod­ern steak­house takes pride in us­ing lo­cally sourced ingredients in straight­for­ward prepa­ra­tions. B, L, D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). www. ur­ban­farmer­philadel­phia.com. 1850 Ben­jamin Franklin Park­way, 215.963.2788. $$$$ Map 1, G4 VEDA— In­dian. This din­ing room sets an el­e­gant tone for a menu of North­ern In­dian food with a mod­ern, bistro touch. The menu in­cludes small plates like masala crab cakes and scal­lops dressed in a roasted pep­per chut­ney. Mains in­clude fa­mil­iar fa­vorites, plus out-of-the-box op­tions like a curry with tofu and peas. A se­lec­tion of tan­doori meats and roti breads rounds out the tasty of­fer­ings, with a full bar pour­ing wine, beer and craft cock­tails. L (M-F), D (daily) Br (Sa-Su). www.vedaphilly.com. 1920 Ch­est­nut St., 267.519.2001. $$ Map 1, G5 VERNICK FOOD & DRINK— Amer­i­can. Mod­ern re­fine­ment and per­fect ingredients are the hall­marks of this hus­band-and-wife op­er­a­tion. James Beard Award-win­ning 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 in a wood oven, in­clud­ing the or­ganic Amish chicken. Reser­va­tions rec­om­mended. D ( Tu-Su). www. ver­nick­philly.com. 2031 Wal­nut St., 267.639.6644. $$$ Map 1, G5 VIC SUSHI— Sushi. This no-frills BYOB plates clas­sic crowd-pleasers like Philadel­phia and Cal­i­for­nia rolls, along with in­ven­tive house spe­cials and de­li­cious tuna dumplings. L, D (M-Sa). www.vic-sushi. com. 2035 Sansom St., 215.564.4339. $ Map 1, G5

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