East Passyunk Av­enue

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BING BING DIM SUM— Dim Sum. This spot brings a new, mod­ern spin on the clas­sic dim sum. Look for tra­di­tional soup dumplings along­side roast pork bao filled with sharp pro­volone and long hots, plus crispy lamb rolls and con­gee made with chicken sausage. Pair all that good­ness with a share­able pitcher of cock­tails. L (F-Su), D (daily). www.bing­bingdim­sum.com. 1648 E. Passyunk Ave., 215.279.7702. $-$$

CH­HAYA CAFÉ— Cof­fee House. This com­mu­nity gath­er­ing place dishes up whole­some and tasty break­fast and lunch fare, and pours some of the best brews (cof­fee and tea) in town. Worker bees need not worry—lap­tops are wel­come here. B, L (daily, kitchen closes at 3 pm). www.chhay­a­cafe. com. 1819 E. Passyunk Ave., 215.465.1000. $

FOND— Amer­i­can. This in­ti­mate con­tem­po­rary 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), Br (Su). www.fond­philly.com. 1537 S. 11th St., 215.551.5000. $$$ NOORD— Amer­i­can. This clas­sic BYOB bistro with a North­ern Euro­pean fo­cus fea­tures lo­cally farmed pro­duce and meats, served in a re­laxed and friendly at­mos­phere. Breads and desserts are made in-house, as are the smoked and cured fish and meats. All you have to do is bring the wine. D ( W-Su), Br (Su). www.no­ord­philly.com. 1046 Tasker St., 267.909.9704. $$$ PAR­ADISO— Ital­ian. As a key player in the bur­geon­ing East Passyunk Av­enue din­ing scene, Par­adiso brings fresh ingredients to mouth-wa­ter­ing dishes. Ex­pect hand-rolled gnoc­chi, Hud­son Val­ley duck breast and whole-roasted branzino. L ( Tu-F), D ( Tu-Su). Sun­days BYOB with no cork­age fee. www.par­adisophilly.com. 1627 E. Passyunk Ave., 215.271.2066. $$ STARGAZY— Bri­tish. The lunch and sup­per (read: early din­ner) crowd digs into hearty, re­gional Bri­tish cui­sine here. Pie and mash is a sta­ple of the menu, and fla­vors run the gamut from tra­di­tional beef and onion to daily spe­cials. Other house-made noshes in­clude sausage rolls, Cor­nish pasties and banof­fee pie. L, D ( Tu-Sa), Br (Su). 1838 E. Passyunk Ave., 215.309.2761. $$ TOWNSEND— French. From broiled oys­ters to sauteed sweet­breads and seared duck breast, wine and food of­fer­ings fol­low the sea­sons at chef-owner Townsend Wentz’s epony­mous fine­din­ing spot, which is also known for mas­ter­ful food and wine pair­ings. If you can’t get a ta­ble, try the bar, where the full din­ner menu is also avail­able. D ( W-M). www.townsendrestau­rant.com. 1623 E. Passyunk Ave., 267.639.3203. $$$

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