Old City

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THE BOURSE FOOD HALL— In­ter­na­tional. This beau­ti­ful 1895 Vic­to­rian build­ing on the Na­tional Regis­ter of His­toric Places has re­cently un­der­gone a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion. Sched­uled to open in Au­gust of 2018, the coun­try’s first com­modi­ties ex­change be­comes a hip space for ar­ti­sanal food and re­tail re­call­ing New York’s Chelsea Mar­ket. Check web­site for lat­est de­tails and hours. www. the­boursephilly.com. 111 S. In­de­pen­dence Mall E., no phone at press time. Map 2, C5 DI­NARDO’S FA­MOUS SEAFOOD— Seafood. This fam­ily-owned seafood house is an Old City in­sti­tu­tion, serv­ing up top-notch steamed hard-shell crabs and sautéed gar­lic crabs since 1976. Grilled steaks, chicken and fresh pasta are also fea­tured. L (M-Sa), D (daily). www.di­nar­dos.com. 312 Race St., 215.925.5115. $$$ Map 1, K4 FEZZIWIG’S SWEET SHOPPE— Amer­i­can. This charm­ing eatery lo­cated near all the sites com­bines an old fash­ioned ice cream par­lor/ sweet shop with a clas­sic soda foun­tain and a mod­ern cafe. In ad­di­tion to de­lec­ta­ble desserts and pas­tries, find sa­vory treats in­clud­ing burg­ers, cheeses­teaks and hand- cut fries. B, L, D (daily). www.fezzi­wigsphiladel­phia.com. 267.457.3608. $ Map 2, D4 FORK— Amer­i­can. One of Old City’s orig­i­nal restau­rant pi­o­neers, Fork of­fers sim­ple el­e­gance with an open kitchen. Menu changes of­ten. D (daily), Br (Su). www.forkrestau­rant.com. 306 Mar­ket St., 215.625.9425. $$$ Map 1, K5 JOLLY’S DUEL­ING PI­ANO BAR— Amer­i­can. Founded by Jolly Wel­don, this rol­lick­ing pi­ano bar fea­tures, yes, two in­stru­ments with pi­anists duk­ing it out with mu­si­cal se­lec­tions from rock, pop and more. Piz­zas pro­vide sus­te­nance for all-night sin­ga­longs with craft beers and spe­cialty cock­tails fu­el­ing the fun. D (daily). www.jollys­du­el­ing­pi­ano­bar.com. 215.238.1333. $$ Map 2, E6 THE OLDE BAR— Seafood. This hand­some Jose Garces spot re­spects tra­di­tion with seafood and stand­outs like oys­ter po’boy and Olde Bar fries with crab, lob­ster but­ter and oys­ter stout-ched­dar fon­due. D (daily). www.the­olde­bar.com. 125 Wal­nut St., 215.253.3777. $$ ROYAL BOUCHERIE— French. “Top Chef” win­ner Ni­cholas Elmi’s butch­ery fits right in with Old City’s his­tor­i­cal vibe. The cozy two-level space fea­tures two bars (one for drinks and the other for oys­ters) with ex­posed brick walls, a tin ceil­ing and an­tique fur­nish­ings. But the mood is any­thing but dusty. Din­ers dig into hearty dishes like lamb cre­pinette and steak au poivre in stick-to-your-ribs por­tions, while a feel-good sound­track veers from Ella Fitzger­ald to Ste­vie Won­der and Ar­cade Fire. Cock­tail con­nois­seurs find clas­sics and con­tem­po­rary choices, while oenophiles look to a Euro­heavy list. D (daily). www.roy­al­boucherie.com. 52 S. Sec­ond St., 267.606.6313. $$$ Map 1, K5

ZA­HAV— Mid­dle East­ern. At his her­alded restau­rant perched above the street, James Beard Award­win­ning chef Michael Solomonov care­fully pre­pares cre­ative, con­tem­po­rary Is­raeli food. A welledited a la carte menu high­lights small plates and sala­tim— a col­or­ful col­lec­tion of cold sal­ads that tra­di­tion­ally starts meals in Is­rael. The “Tayim” tast­ing op­tion of­fers a good base for those new to the cui­sine and in­cludes Solomonov’s fa­mous hum­mus (we like the Turk­ish va­ri­ety, which is served warm in its own mini cast-iron pan) and feather-light laffa bread. Heftier fare in­cludes coal-fired ke­babs and a hangar steak. In­ven­tive cock­tails; wine list with Is­raeli va­ri­etals. Reser­va­tions rec­om­mended. D (daily). www.za­havrest au­rant.com. 237 St. James Place, 215.625.8800. $$ Map 1, K6

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