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Philadelphia’s New Restaurant Openings

The new restaurant openings you should know about.

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If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in Philly, you might go a little bit crazy. So just read this list instead. These are the new restaurant openings that seem like they have the most potential - although keep in mind, for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises. Go forth and be a pioneer.

We’ll be regularly updating this post. Once we’ve checked out a spot, we’ll add a note if it makes it onto our Hit List.

October 2019

Ram Holgado

River Twice

$$$$ 1601 E Passyunk Ave

River Twice, an American BYOB in the old Izumi space on East Passyunk, is doing everything it can to stay local. Most of their menu, which ranges from Atlantic oysters to dry-aged duck, is made up of products from the area (mainly the Delaware River Valley). And they even had a lot of the furniture custom-made by makers from around Philly.

Emmy Squared

$$$$ 632 S 5th St

If you ask someone in New York City what their favorite burger is, there’s a very high chance they say the one at Emily in Brooklyn. Emmy Squared is from the same people, and they already have locations in New York and Nashville. The menu focuses on Detroit-style pan pizza, and also has the “Le Big Matt” burger that everyone loves so much.


$$$$ 824 S. Eighth Street

Before Ease opened, this space near the Italian Market used to be a New Orleans-themed bar called Acadia. However, now there are rows of vintage records and vinyl instead of a ton of beads and masks. The bar also serves beer, wine, and a small menu of snacks.

Maple Japanese Ramen

$$$$ 2102 Chestnut St

Maple is a small ramen shop in Rittenhouse that’s quick, affordable, and close to all the office buildings. They also stay open through lunch and have an all-day menu that includes other dishes besides ramen, like fried rice, katsu plates, and udon.


$$$$ 1830 Ludlow St.

Condesa is one of the three new Mexican spots to open in the Pod Hotel from the people behind Suraya. It’s a huge space with a full bar, and almost all of the dishes on the menu - from lamb tacos to a chocolate masa cake - are made with house-ground masa from Mexico.

September 2019

Katherine Lundberg

El Cafe

$$$$ 1830 Ludlow St

Another spot in the Pod Hotel, El Cafe is an all-day cafe on the ground floor with lots of space, and a menu that includes things like breakfast tacos, Mexican pastries, and horchata.

City Winery

$$$$ 990 Filbert St

Philadelphia is the newest location of City Winery - an event venue, winery, and restaurant with locations in a bunch of other big cities across the country. They have a full menu with things like flatbreads and burgers, and they pour all their own wines by the glass and bottle.

Queen & Rook

$$$$ 607 S 2nd St.

Queen & Rook is a cafe in Queen Village with over a thousand board games, plus a menu of beer, wine, and bar food - like sliders and nachos.

Triple Bottom Brewing

$$$$ 915 Spring Garden St

Triple Bottom Brewing is an environmentally-friendly brewery now open on Spring Garden Street. Try their beer in their tasting room, along with wine and ciders from local vendors and charcuterie plates from Di Bruno Bros.

Umi Sushi & Seafood

$$$$ 51 N 12th St

There hasn’t been a sushi spot in Reading Terminal Market since Tokyo Sushi Bar closed four years ago. But with the addition of Umi, you can finally get made-to-order sushi again, as well as other dishes like crab cakes and lobster mac and cheese.

Chiu's Kitchen

$$$$ 122 N. 10th St.

Chiu’s Kitchen is a casual Cantonese spot on a corner in Chinatown that’s serving everything from Hong Kong-style french toast to hot pot and rice plates.

August 2019

Lexy Pierce


French  in  Old City
$$$$ 233 Chestnut St

Forsythia in Old City is the newest place from the people behind Will BYOB, a long-standing French spot on East Passyunk that just recently closed. The menu’s heavy on small plates that are kind of French like corn and ham hock beignets and mussels escabeche.

June Byob

$$$$ 1911 E Passyunk Ave

Now that Will BYOB has found a new home, June BYOB took over and opened in their old space on East Passyunk. The person running the kitchen at June is also Joel Embiid’s private chef, which means if you eat here you will most likely become as good at basketball as he is.

The Royal Indian Cuisine

$$$$ 272 S 20th St

There’s a very solid BYOB in East Passyunk called Palace of Indian, and the people behind that place just opened up a new spot right near Rittenhouse Square. It’s similar to the one further south and has all the makings for a potential weeknight date spot - there are about 15 tables and there’s no corkage fee.


$$$$ 2046 Sansom St

Ateethi is another new Indian BYOB near Rittenhouse Square that serves things like butter chicken, samosas, and a ton of different curries. There’s also mango lassi and kulfi (Indian ice cream) for dessert.

Hello Donuts

$$$$ 2557 Amber St

The newest location of Hello Donuts is in Kensington, right off Frankford Ave. You can get all of their classic donuts (like speculoos crumble and blueberry cheesecake) as well as a few other pastries and ReAnimator coffee.

Bryn And Dane’s

$$$$ 834 Chestnut St.

Bryn & Dane is a place that calls itself “healthy fast food,” meaning you’ll find lots of smoothies and acai-type bowls here, as well as cobb salads and chicken pesto wraps for lunch. This Old City location is the first one outside of the Philly suburbs.

Dock Street South

$$$$ 2118 Washington Ave

West Philly’s Dock Street Brewery has a new location right on Washington Avenue in South Philly. The massive space is a renovated auto body shop with a restaurant, brewery, and cafe inside. In addition to serving their own drafts, they have an all-day menu that includes pancakes and Moroccan chicken.

D’Emilios Old World Ice Treats

$$$$ 1928 E Passyunk Ave

We’re not sure what exactly is “fancy” about the “fancy water ice” at East Passyunk spot D’Emilio’s, but it’s one of the main categories on their menu - along with sorbet, custard, and Italian sandwiches.

Vernick Fish

$$$$ 1876 Arch St

The newest Comcast Tower, which also houses the Four Seasons Hotel, recently got two new restaurants. Vernick Fish - which is from the same people who run Vernick Food & Drink - is the one on the ground floor, and it’s basically a very fancy oyster bar with small plates, a raw bar, and larger dishes like blackened fluke and pork milanese.


$$$$ 1 N 19th St Fl 59

Jean-Georges, (yes, that Jean-Georges), is the other new restaurant in the Comcast Tower. It’s 59 floors up - with views that would make anyone with even a mild fear of heights slightly nervous. This place is up there with the most expensive restaurants in the city with a French menu that includes things like caviar toasts and foie gras.

Punch Buggy Brewing Company

$$$$ 1445 N American St

Punch Buggy Brewing is a 36-seat tasting room and brewery in Kensington with a small back patio area. In addition to their small-batch beers, they’re also serving things like hot dogs and grilled cheese.

July 2019


$$$$ 1730 Chestnut St

The Di Bruno Bros. on Chestnut recently opened an upstairs pizza and wine bar called Alimentari. Besides some cheese and charcuterie plates, you can get salads and Roman-style square pizzas here as well.

Michael Persico


$$$$ 110 S 19th St

K’far is an all-day Israeli cafe from the people behind Zahav with a boutique-hotel look and a full bar. The menu ranges from pastries to Jerusalem bagels to grain bowls and salads.

Charlie's Roast Pork

$$$$ 1301 S 3rd St

Pennsport Beer Boutique opened up a sandwich store next door called Charlie’s Roast Pork, and although the menu is mostly limited to lunch and breakfast sandwiches, you can also order things like wings and a caesar salad.

Jet Wine Garden

$$$$ 1523 South St

Jet Wine Bar on South Street just opened up a garden next door - right in time for the end of summer. They have a long list of wines, cans of beer, summery cocktails, and small bites like hummus and a cheeseboard.


$$$$ 112 S 18th St

The upstairs room at The Franklin Bar, which has been tiki-themed for the last two years, is now Encima - a mezcal bar with Mexican street food. The food menu will expand later in the summer, but right now they serve tacos, guacamole, and elote.

Inchin's Bamboo Garden

$$$$ 1726 Chestnut St

Inchin’s Bamboo Garden is an Atlanta chain of Indo-Chinese restaurants, and this Center City location is its first up north. It’s a big place - they can seat over 150 people and have two bars, one on each floor. The menu consists of a lot of noodle and rice dishes, and they have a ton of vegetarian options as well.

Butcher’s Smokehouse

$$$$ 1221 Walnut St

Salads are a fine lunch most days, but sometimes you want something a little more filling. Butcher’s Smokehouse on Walnut has an assembly line of beef brisket tacos and BBQ chicken when a bowl of romaine just isn’t going to cut it.

June 2019

Palma's Cucina

$$$$ 2229 Spruce St

Palma’s Cucina is the newly renovated Italian spot in Fitler Square that used to be brick oven pizza restaurant Mama Palma’s. The new menu has dishes like lobster cannelloni, veal meatballs, and a bunch of pizzas - including the Mama Palma’s special, which comes with a garlic herb sauce, mozzarella, and spinach.

Shaxian Delicacies

$$$$ 106 N 10th St

Shaxian Delicacies in Chinatown is a Southeastern Chinese spot with mostly soups and noodle dishes on the menu, as well as some specialties like pig ears and duck feet.

Franklin Social

$$$$ 400 Chestnut St

Franklin Social is an American bar and restaurant that’s replacing Chez Ben in the Old City Renaissance Hotel. You’ll find burgers, charcuterie, and pasta on the menu - along with a couple of quotes from Benjamin Franklin.

Don Barriga

$$$$ 4443 Spruce St.

Don Barriga is a new Mexican spot in University City that has a large menu of things like tacos, fajitas, and chilaquiles. Friday through Sunday they serve barbacoa and consomme, for those who don’t want to wake up early and stand in line for the South Philly stuff.

Bondfire Media


$$$$ 414 S 2nd St

Bloomsday is an all-day cafe and bottle shop in Society Hill that serves coffee and pastries in the morning, and then switches to snacks and drinks in the evening. They have a long natural wine list, but also serve cocktails, beer, and cider. On their small menu of snacks they have something they call an “emotional support hot dog.”

Society Hill Films

Stina Pizzeria

$$$$ 1705 Snyder Ave

Even though it’s called a “pizzeria,” pizzas are only a small part of the mostly Mediterranean menu at Stina in South Philly. The small BYOB also has a full menu of dishes cooked in their wood-fired oven, like fire-roasted kebabs and Turkish filled-breads called pide.

May 2019


$$$$ 1119 Locust St

Winkel is a BYOB breakfast and lunch restaurant in Midtown Village from the people behind Noord. Like Noord, it has a focus on Dutch specialties, like a smoked salmon benedict and potato salad. But it also serves dishes like buttermilk pancakes and a hot chicken sandwich.

Matthew Williams


JapaneseSushi  in  Fishtown
$$$$ 1355 N Front St

Hiroki is an omakase-only spot from the people behind Wm. Mulherin’s Sons. The 20-course omakase will cost you $135, but will include dishes like soy-marinated wagyu short rib, a hand roll, 12 pieces of sushi, and miso soup. And you can also add a sake pairing for an additional $60.

Felly Bistro On Pass

$$$$ 769 E Passyunk Ave

Felly is a casual Queen Village place with a super eclectic menu that serves everything from French onion soup to a vegan plant-based burger and mango shrimp. They also have live music for their Sunday brunch.

Jembatan 5

$$$$ 932 S. 10th St.

Jembatan 5 in Bella Vista is a new Indonesian restaurant right next to the Italian Market. It’s small, simple, and serving a menu of traditional Indonesian things like satay chicken and sweet pork sausage.

Circles + Squares

$$$$ 2513 Tulip St

Pizza Gutt’s new spot is called Circles + Squares, and instead of having to reserve pizzas beforehand and pick them up in the back of a coffee shop, you can now walk into the shop and wait for about an hour for your Detroit-style pan pizza.

Cotoletta Fitler Square

$$$$ 2227 Pine St

Cotoletta’s original location is in Bala Cynwyd, but the newest BYOB is right off the park in Fitler Square and will be serving a similar menu as the first one, with Italian dishes like cacio e pepe and chicken cutlets.


$$$$ 1007 Frankford Ave

Elwood is a new BYOB in Fishtown that’s focusing on old-school, traditional Pennsylvania dishes like catfish & waffles and ham hot pie.

April 2019

Society Hill Films


$$$$ 1500 Locust St

Blume is a completely ridiculous-looking wine bar in Center City with equally ridiculous drinks, like one that has cotton candy melted into it. They’re also serving a full menu with things like cauliflower steak and an “avocado sundae” and pouring only natural wines.


$$$$ 228 South St

Bincho is a small Japanese spot on South Street that’s focusing mostly on robatayaki skewers, with things like chicken, beef, fish, and veggies cooked over the binchotan grill. They also have some sushi and sashimi on the menu, but the focus is mostly on the grill, which the entire restaurant is centered around.

Liberty Kitchen PHL

$$$$ 1244N Front St

Liberty Kitchen is a new deli and market in Fishtown with a menu of mostly hoagies, plus a few salads and tomato pie. There’s also space for rotating pop-up classes and vendors (like 1-900-ICE-CREAM) in the back.

Pho House

$$$$ 177 W Girard Ave

Pho House is the new place in Northern Liberties from the people behind Thang Long in Kensington. The menu is similar to the original one, with things like banh mi and vermicelli noodle bowls, in addition to a few types of pho.


$$$$ 101 West Ritner Street

Vernalicious used to be a food truck, serving mostly comfort food like a pulled pork grilled cheese, but its new permanent location focuses on healthier, vegetable-centric dishes.


$$$$ 231 S 24th St

Ambrosia is a tiny corner BYOB in Fitler Square with mostly Italian stuff, like squid ink tagliatelle and chicken Milanese, and makes all of their bread and pasta in-house.

Kalaya Thai Kitchen

Thai  in  Bella Vista
$$$$ 764 S 9th St

Kalaya is a 30-seat BYOB Thai restaurant in the Italian Market that serves almost entirely classics - none of which are modified to accommodate the desired spiciness, so proceed at your own risk.

Separatist Beer Project started out in Easton, but has just opened their first tasting room right off East Passyunk. On top of 16 drafts (12 beers, two cocktails, and two wines), they also have pies from neighboring Stargazy.


$$$$ 700 S 5th St

Olly is a new bar and restaurant from the people behind Southwark that will eventually be coupled with an adjoining pizza place called Gigi, set to open later this summer. For now, it’s just Olly, and it has an eclectic, American-ish menu with things like crispy chickpeas, mushroom carpaccio, and lasagna.

Hops Brewerytown

$$$$ 1363 N 31st St

Hops is a 4,500-square-foot spot in Brewerytown that’s nicer looking than your average brewery. It has 16 drafts on tap, as well as cocktails and wine, and a long menu of mostly bar food like bacon tater tots, pizzas, and burgers.

March 2019

Lunar Inn

$$$$ 3124 Richmond St

Lunar Inn is part bar and part bottle shop, and also serves a menu of mostly bar food stuff, like pickled deviled eggs and fried chicken with collared greens and cornbread.

Alpen Rose

$$$$ 118 S 13th St

The team behind a billion restaurants in Midtown Village (Double Knot, Harp & Crown, Sampan, etc.) just opened another one in the same neighborhood, Alpen Rose. It’s a steakhouse with a pretty classic menu and has steaks that range from a $35 filet to a $110 tomahawk.

Pizzeria Beddia

PizzaWine Bar  in  Fishtown
$$$$ 1313 N Lee Street

The time has finally come. Pizzeria Beddia 2.0 has opened in a little alley right off Front Street in Kensington, and it has a tiny menu of a few pies, small plates, and soft-serve ice cream. Reservations until June sold out pretty much as soon as they were available, but they save room for walk-ins every night.

Village Bar & Kitchen

$$$$ 705 S 5th St

Village Bar & Kitchen is basically just a rebrand of Plenty Cafe (they closed in February to give it a facelift), but there’s a totally new menu with things like truffle-bacon mac & cheese and rigatoni bolognese. They’ll also start serving brunch again soon.

20th Street Pizza

$$$$ 108 S 20th St

The people behind Blackbird Pizzeria have opened a new vegan pizza place in Rittenhouse called 20th Street Pizza. They’re doing pizzas by the slice, as well as vegan donuts from Dottie’s and cookies from Crust Bakery.

Craft Hall

$$$$ 901 N Delaware Ave

Craft Hall used to be home to the Yards brewery, but the 35,000 square-foot indoor/outdoor space is now Mainstay Independence Brewing Co, a bakery by Lost Bread Co., and a counter-service restaurant called Craft Hall Kitchen that serves bar food like burgers and pizza. There’s also a huge indoor playground in case you feel the need to bring your children to a bar.

Nom Nom Bowl

$$$$ 1608 Sansom St.

Nom Nom Bowl already exists in University City, but now there’s a new location in Center City serving a similar menu of bao buns, sushi and rice bowls, and ice cream sandwiches for dessert.

Luna Cafe

$$$$ 1700 N 3rd St

The Luna Cafe in Kensington is the second location of the all-day brunch spot, and it does classics like chicken and waffles and build-your-own omelettes until 3pm every day.

February 2019

Johnny Manana's

$$$$ 315 N 12th St

Technically this is a reopening, but after being closed for a couple of years, this Mexican spot is back with a different menu and a totally different location in Callowhill. They serve mostly classics, like tacos, quesadillas, and fajitas.

BenTai Cuisine

$$$$ 1439 Vine St.

BenTai is a combo Japanese/Thai restaurant near Logan Square that we’ll be ordering Sunday night pad thai from in the very near future.

Mashwa Grill

$$$$ 413 South Street

For fast casual Mediterranean on the border of Queen Village and Society Hill, check out the new Mashwa Grill. They’re open until 10:30pm every night, and the menu is a mix of things like hummus, kebabs, and pita wraps.


$$$$ 200 E Girard Ave

Hajimaru is a new ramen spot on Girard that, in addition to ramen, serves everything from pork belly buns to rice bowls.


$$$$ 100 Morris Street

Musi in Pennsport calls their food “relationship cuisine,” and we’re not really sure what that means, but it looks mostly Mediterranean-influenced, with things like marinated feta and beef neck on the 12-item menu.

Neal Santos


$$$$ 1832 Frankford Ave

Aether is a seafood-focused spot in Fishtown from a group that already has a couple of restaurants out in King of Prussia and Princeton. The interior is small and datey, with mostly two-tops and leather booths, and they’re donating part of their profits from the first month to the non-profit Women Against Abuse.

January 2019

Society Hill FIlms

Makhani Restaurant

$$$$ 3 N 3rd

Makhani is a new Indian spot in Old City that has a whole bread section on their menu, as well as a lot of mango-centric dishes.

The Common

$$$$ 3601 Market Street

The Common is a big, new American restaurant in University City that does a mix of small plates, pastas, and larger things like sea bass and roasted chicken.

Neighborhood Ramen

$$$$ 617 S 3rd St

Until recently, Neighborhood Ramen was solely a pop-up that you may have chased around West Philly at some point, only to find that it was sold out once you finally pinned the location down. But now it finally has a permanent 20-seat BYOB home in Queen Village, and is serving ramen and a few sides.

Society Hill FIlms

Cry Baby Pasta

$$$$ 627 S 3rd St

Cry Baby is a wine and pasta bar that opened in the old Ela space in Queen Village, and is starting with just dinner service, but will expand to lunch and brunch sometime later this year. And even though pasta places usually aren’t ideal if you avoid gluten at all costs, all of their dishes (including pastas) can be made gluten-free.

Angelo’s Pizzeria, which was located right over the bridge in Haddonfield until last year, just opened up their new location in the old Sarcone’s Deli space. They’re keeping the same menu that they had in their New Jersey shop for now, but will be (thankfully) adding some Sarcone’s hoagies into the rotation later this year.


$$$$ 757 S Front St.

Fiore is a new all-day Italian cafe in Queen Village that’s in the old Kanella South location. They’re currently just doing breakfast and lunch, but they’ll be open for dinner service later this month once they get their liquor license later this month.

Rachel Lerro

Unit Su Vege

$$$$ 2000 Hamilton Street

This is a completely vegetarian and kosher BYOB Chinese spot near the Art Museum, and it’s from the people behind the similarly vegetarian Su Xing House in Center City.

Rachel Lerro

Aurora Grace

$$$$ 517 South 5th St.

Aurora Grace is primarily a chocolate shop and cafe in Queen Village that makes painted chocolates, macarons, and other sweets. They also serve Rival Bros. coffee and a house hot chocolate.

December 2018

Rachel Lerro

Poes Sandwich Joint

$$$$ 1429 Marlborough St

Poe’s is a to-go window right on Frankford Ave. that was opened by self-appointed marijuana enthusiast/comedian, N.A. Poe. This place serves overloaded sandwiches, cheesesteaks, and fries until 3am on the weekend, which is exactly when eating all of these things sounds like a good idea.

November 2018

Rachel Lerro

Chatayee Thai

$$$$ 1228 Walnut St

Chatayee Thai is a huge, two-story Thai restaurant in Midtown Village that focuses on Bangkok-style street food. You’ll see more traditional dishes here, from beef and chicken skewers to bigger things like braised short ribs.

Rachel Lerro

Mamoun's Falafel - Philly

$$$$ 300 Market Street

New York City’s Mamoun’s Falafel now has its first location in Philadelphia, occupying about 1,400 square feet on the corner of 3rd & Market in Old City. They serve things like hummus, pita sandwiches, baba ganoush, and tabbouleh.

Rachel Lerro

This is a huge, two-story Italian place from the same people as Sampan, Double Knot, and El Vez. The first floor is an all-day cafe serving sandwiches and pastries from Termini Bros., while the basement is a dark, upscale bar and restaurant that does classics like meatballs & gravy and chicken parmigiana.

The Bourse

$$$$ 111 S Independence Mall E

The Bourse building in Old City right across from the Liberty Bell has officially reopened, with more than 30 vendors. Most notably, there’s a Rebel Taco, a Freebyrd Chicken, and a location of DC Korean BBQ Takorean.

Chubby Cattle

$$$$ 146 N. 10th St.

Chubby Cattle’s first Philly location opened in Chinatown, and here you order via iPad and build your own Mongolian hot pot off of a conveyor belt that runs by the tables.

Taqueria Del Norte

$$$$ 2859 Holme Ave

A casual taco spot from the chef behind Blue Duck is now open in North Philly. It’s BYOT (bring your own tequila) for now, but they’ll supply the rest of the ingredients for your margaritas.

Rachel Lerro

Mainstay Independent Brewing Co

$$$$ 901 N. Delaware Ave.

Mainstay Independent is the first spot to open inside Craft Hall, the old Yards Brewing building, in Northern Liberties. It’s mostly a taproom/brewery, but also has a small menu of bar food, including crab dip and a Lost Bread pretzel with beer mustard.

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