Ev­ery­thing you need to know about the hautest spots to wine and dine with the best of them!

Here, get the scoop on the new­est restau­rants, along with a ro­tat­ing cast of city fa­vorites, highlighting the dishes and per­son­al­i­ties driv­ing Phil­a­del­phia’s cuisine scene. Prices re­flect av­er­age cost of a three- course din­ner for one, ex­clud­ing drinks, t

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Au­to­graph Brasserie The new­est ad­di­tion to Marty Grims’ im­pres­sive restau­rant col­lec­tion is Au­to­graph Brasserie, a mod­ern Amer­i­can eatery fea­tur­ing a con­tem­po­rary menu from Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Ralph Fer­nan­dez. The walls of the Wayne restau­rant are covered with over 1,000 celebrity au­to­graphs and record al­bums. Guests can en­joy truf­fle wild­mush­room toast, but­ter­nut squash ravi­oli and an ar­ti­sanal cheese plate from Fer­nan­dez’s kitchen, sure to wow any guest.

503 W. Lan­cas­ter Ave., Wayne, 610.964.2588, au­to­graph­brasserie. com $$$ White Dog Cafe Since Marty Grims’ con­tem­po­rary cafe opened in 1983, it has be­come beloved for its sea­sonal farm-to-ta­ble cuisine and friendly ser­vice. With dozens of paint­ings of dogs adorn­ing the walls and items such as ar­ti­sanal cheese plates and smoked sal­mon sand­wiches fill­ing the menu, it’s no won­der White Dog has three suc­cess­ful lo­ca­tions from Univer­sity City to the Main Line.

Mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions, 215.386.9224, white­dog. com $$$$


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This sleek Rit­ten­house Square eatery oozes culi­nary con­fi­dence thanks to cre­ative sea­sonal small plates, a char­coal grill and thought­ful pours. Sneak down the hall­way to a.bar for a post­pran­dial cock­tail or grab a seat at the chef ’s counter and try one of the wine flights fea­tur­ing a trio of tastes from the ter­roir­driven wine list.

113 S. 18th St., 215.825.7030, ak­itchenand­bar. com $$$ Amada

Jose Garces be­gan his em­pire with Amada, a rus­tic- chic restau­rant that cel­e­brates Span­ish cuisine. Get a front-row seat to the the­atrics at the chef ’s counter and dive into sig­na­ture plates like lob­ster paella and roasted suck­ling pig. 217-219 Chest­nut St., 215.625.2450, amadarestau­rant. com $$$ Aqimero

Lo­cated in the lobby of the iconic Ritz­Carl­ton, Chef Richard San­doval brings unique fla­vors to the city. Thanks to the wood-fired grill, plates like filet mignon, whole Maine lob­ster, king Pa­cific sal­mon, and rib- eye can be or­dered in an ar­ray of mari­nades,

in­clud­ing adobo and

mojo. 10 Av­enue of the Arts, 215.523.8200, richard­san­doval.com/aqimero $$$$ Bar­clay Prime Nes­tled in­side the his­toric Bar­clay Build­ing, the luxe Stephen Starr steak­house boasts some of the best cuts in town. Ar­rive early or stay late to en­joy the in­ti­mate li­brary lounge— with a mar­tini in hand, of course. The Bar­clay Prime Cheeses­teak takes the clas­sic Philly sand­wich to new culi­nary heights with Ja­panese Wagyu beef, foie gras and truf­fles.

237 S. 18th St., 215.732.7560, bar­clayprime. com $$$$ Bud­dakan

Stephen Starr’s ode to Asian fusion re­mains one of Philly’s big­gest restau­rant suc­cess sto­ries. Guests Zen out over share­able plates, ly­chee mar­ti­nis and the tow­er­ing golden Bud­dha that lords over the din­ing room.

325 Chest­nut St., 215.574.9440, bud­dakan.com $$$ Butcher Bar

The ta­lented team be­hind city fa­vorites like Valanni, Mer­cato, and Varga Bar in­vite you to join them at a meat lover’s par­adise. Menu items at Butcher Bar in­clude house-made beef jerky, ba­con ched­dar brats and mother­ap­proved Ital­ian meat­balls that are ac­com­pa­nied by an im­pres­sive whiskey- based cock­tail pro­gram.

2034 Chest­nut St., 215.563.6328, butcherbarphilly.com $$$ Cin­der

Teddy Sourias, the restau­ra­teur be­hind fa­vorites BRU Craft & Wurst and U-bahn, has opened a cider and sour bar in Cen­ter City that fea­tures 32 taps and 70-plus bot­tles. Chef Jonathan Petruce pro­vides the per­fect pair­ings. On your next visit, or­der up the lamb sausage pizza with moz­zarella and shishito pep­per, and pair it with the Big Hill Mar­malade cider for a sweet end­ing.

1500 Lo­cust St., 267.761.5582, cin­der­philly. com $$$ D’an­gelo’s Ris­torante Ital­iano This Ital­ian restau­rant’s best dishes are culled from gen­er­a­tions of fam­ily recipes: think classics like chicken cac­cia­tore, veal fran­caise and lasagna Stop by on Fri­days and Satur­days for live mu­sic and latenight danc­ing.

256 S. 20th St., 215.546.3935, dan­gelos­ris­torante.com $$$ Davio’s North­ern Ital­ian Steak­house This sec­ond-floor Rit­ten­house steak­house con­tin­ues to rein­vent it­self with sea­sonal dishes and cock­tails, gluten-free menus and a deca­dent Sun­day brunch that in­cludes their famed cheeses­teak spring rolls. If you are spend­ing the day shop­ping at the new King of Prus­sia Town Cen­ter, pop into the restau­rant’s new­est lo­ca­tion, which fea­tures the same great menu as the Cen­ter City spot, plus out­door din­ing.

111 S. 17th St., 215.563.4810, davios.com/phil $$$$ Fri­day Satur­day Sun­day

Af­ter more than a year of ren­o­va­tions, this cozy Rit­ten­house din­ing in­sti­tu­tion re­cently opened un­der new own­er­ship. Guests will be pleased to find an ar­ray of fresh fish, steak ap­pe­tiz­ers and en­trees on the menu, as well as veg­etable- based dishes like roasted root veg­etable salad with a but­ter­milk dress­ing. The restau­rant has an ar­ray of spe­cialty cock­tails and beers, but be sure to check out the on-tap wines as well. 261 S.

21st St., 215.546.4232, fri­daysat­ur­day­sun­day.com $$$ Gran Caffe L’aquila The deep Ital­ian her­itage of this land­mark bilevel cafe can be found in both the im­pres­sive menu and the beau­ti­ful decor. Served tapasstyle, be sure to try the fresh pasta and sa­lumi, and save room for the creamy, rich, hand­made gelato.

1716 Chest­nut St., 215.568.5600, grancaf­fe­laquila.com $$ Harp & Crown Michael Schul­son adds an­other notch on his restau­rant belt with Harp & Crown, a Sansom Street hide­away adorned with vin­tage wall­pa­per and chan­de­liers. Def­i­nitely try their pizza cre­ations, in­clud­ing the smoked oc­to­pus pizza. Af­ter din­ner, duck down­stairs to the two-lane, reser­va­tion­sonly bowl­ing al­ley.

1525 Sansom St., 215.330.2800, harpcrown.com $$$ Lacroix

Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Jonathan Ci­chon leads the charge at the Rit­ten­house Ho­tel’s cel­e­brated kitchen, where his art­ful dishes are in­spired by the sea­sons and lo­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents. Come cel­e­brate culi­nary artistry with a high- class tea or a sa­vory din­ner. 210 W. Rit­ten­house Square, 215.790.2533, lacroixrestau­rant.com $$$$ Mo­ri­moto

The en­dur­ing hot spot ra­di­ates an un­mis­tak­ably trendy vibe. In ad­di­tion to raw and sushi bars, Iron Chef Masahuru Mo­ri­moto of­fers dishes that put a twist on the usual sushi cuisine. Re­serve a seat at the chef ’s counter to sur­vey the hec­tic kitchen and min­i­mal­ist din­ing room.

723 Chest­nut St., 215.413.9070, mo­ri­mo­torestau­rant.com $$$$ Os­te­ria

The warm, invit­ing at­mos­phere at Marc Vetri’s North­ern Ital­ian-in­spired restau­rant is rea­son enough to pay a visit, but it’s also one of the most cel­e­brated Ital­ian restau­rants in the city. Plant your group of 14 at the Kitchen Ta­ble to truly un­der­stand the culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ence.

640 N. Broad St., 215.763.0920, os­te­riaphilly.com $$$ Posi­tano Coast

Take a trip to the coast of Italy cour­tesy of the stark white tiles and beau­ti­ful mu­rals at this Old City fa­vorite. Known for sa­vory Ital­ian cuisine, Posi­tano Coast also of­fers some of the city’s fresh­est seafood. Opt for the tuna tartare or the crab­meat tacos with chipo­tle aioli.

212 Wal­nut St., 215.238.0499, posi­tanocoast.net $$ R2L

Take in breath­tak­ing views of the city from 37 floors above, while en­joy­ing sig­na­ture drinks and Amer­i­can fare cour­tesy of Chef Daniel Stern. Best bet: the sea­sonal Veal Rib Chop and the three- step mar­garita with Olmeca Blanco, best en­joyed at a win­dow- booth seat.

50 S. 16th St., 215.564.5337, r2l­restau­rant.com $$$$ Res Ipsa

This two-in- one cafe and BYO sits con­ve­niently be­tween Rit­ten­house and Univer­sity City. In the morn­ing, stop by the cafe for chia- seed par­fait to pair with your cap­puc­cino. When the sun sets, grab a bot­tle

From top: Bar­clay Prime is a dream come true for dis­cern­ing car­ni­vores; the raw bar fea­tures oys­ters and caviar.

From top: Au­to­graph’s roasted beet salad; the resto’s straw­berry sun­dae is served in a ma­son jar.

From above: Harp & Crown’s spicy sop­pres­sata pizza; clas­sic plates in­clude chicken with veg­eta­bles and ba­con jam.

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