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Tasty Philly restau­rants, from fine din­ing to fast ca­sual, in more than a dozen neigh­bor­hoods

AQIMERO— New Latin. In­side the lobby of the iconic Ritz-Carl­ton Philadel­phia, across from City Hall, ac­claimed chef Richard San­doval serves up ev­ery­thing from sushi and ce­viche to sus­tain­ably caught seafood cre­ations with a Latin ac­cent. B, D (daily), L (M-F), Br (Sa-Su). www.aqimero.com. 10 Av­enue of the Arts, 215.523.8200. $$$ Map 1, H5 ESTIA— Mediter­ranean. Old World am­biance and whole, fresh, im­ported fish in­vite din­ers to re­lax, Mediter­ranean-style, over fine food and a glass from the ex­ten­sive wine se­lec­tion. Ex­cel­lent prethe­ater din­ing. L, D (daily). www.es­tiarestau­rant. com. 1405-1407 Lo­cust St., 215.735.7700. $$$ Map 1, H6 JET WINE BAR— Wine Bar. This smart wine bar of­fers an in­trigu­ing list of more than two dozen global vin­tages by the glass. Find Hun­gar­ian somlo and Ger­man pinot noir. Pair your choice with tasty bites such as ahi poke won­tons, roasted scal­lion lab­neh or an ar­ti­sanal cheese plate. D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). www.jetwinebar.com. 1525 South St., 215.735.1116. $$ Map 1, H7 MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S— Seafood. This bustling 290-seat es­tab­lish­ment brings the fla­vors of the Pa­cific North­west to Philadel­phia, plus draft beers, sin­gle malts and North­west wines. For a more in­ti­mate meal, head up­stairs to cozy booths. L, D (daily). www.mc­cormickand­schmicks. com. 1 S. Broad St., 215.568.6888. $$$ Map 1, H5 MOR­TON’S, THE STEAK­HOUSE— Steak. An ex­ten­sive wine se­lec­tion is just a bonus of this sig­na­ture Chicago steak­house ex­pe­ri­ence. Wet-aged prime beef broiled Mid­west­ern-style makes for hearty, large por­tions, but also try pork, lamb and veal chops, as well as tasty seafood of­fer­ings. D (daily). www.mor­tons.com. 1411 Wal­nut St., 215.557.0724. $$$ Map 1, H5

SO CREPE— French. French own­ers Fred­eric El­malek and Fabrice Goutte bat­ter up au­then­tic sweet and sa­vory crepe va­ri­eties and make ev­ery­thing in house, from the whipped cream to the salted but­ter caramel. B, L (M-Sa), D (daily), Br (Su). www.socrepe.com. 1506 South St., 267.761.9310. $ Map 1, H7

TAV­ERN ON BROAD— Amer­i­can. Head be­neath the Belle­vue build­ing for burg­ers and beers, plus the game on one of the restau­rant’s 34 high-def­i­ni­tion TVs. Space for pri­vate par­ties avail­able. L, D (daily). www.tav­er­non­broad.com. The Belle­vue, 200 S. Broad St., 215.546.2290. $$ Map 1, H5

VALANNI— Mediter­ranean. Sleek yet laid-back, this neighborhood spot is a few blocks from the Av­enue of the Arts. Tuck into mod­ern Medi-Latin en­trées and ap­pe­tiz­ers like spicy pulled chicken em­panadas, lamb slid­ers and paella. D (daily), Br (Su). www.valanni.com. 1229 Spruce St., 215.790.9494. $$$ Map 1, I6 VETRI CUCINA— Ital­ian. Book well in ad­vance for a ta­ble at this tiny, 35-seat stunner, one of the hottest restau­rants in town. Chef-owner Marc Vetri’s award­win­ning cui­sine shines with del­i­cate takes on clas­sic old-world treats. Reser­va­tions are re­quired. L (F), D (daily). www.vet­ricucina.com. 1312 Spruce St., 215.732.3478. $$$ Map 1, H6

VOLVER— Amer­i­can. Volver is Span­ish for “to re­turn,” and with this high-class restau­rant, chef Jose Garces does just that, re­vis­it­ing his fa­vorite culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ences from around the world. The di­verse, sea­sonal,and of­ten lo­cally sourced menu fea­tures some of the most in­no­va­tive dishes in the city. D ( Tu-Sa). www.volver­restau­rant.com. 300 S. Broad St., 215.670.2302. Map 1, H6

XIX (NINE­TEEN)— Amer­i­can. For a spe­cial evening, take the el­e­va­tor to the 19th floor of the Hy­att Philadel­phia at The Belle­vue. Set­tle in be­neath the restau­rant’s spec­tac­u­lar pearl chan­de­lier, or en­joy your meal in the more re­laxed cafe space. B, L (M-Sa), D (daily), Br (Su). www.nine­teen­restau­rant. com. Hy­att Philadel­phia at The Belle­vue, 19th floor, Broad and Wal­nut sts, 215.790.1919. $$$ Map 1, H5

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