A lot of sushi restaurants are either super expensive or they have bright fluorescent lights and sticky laminated menus that curl up at the corners. Fortunately, 1225 Raw is in neither of these camps. It feels kind of like an upscale lounge (with a back patio that has lots of large tables), but is reasonably priced and still condones your one friend’s sake bomb habit. Win-win.
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Vetri is expensive, completely over the top, and possibly the best restaurant in Philadelphia.
Vedge in Midtown Village isn’t just the best vegan place around, it’s also one of the best restaurants in the city.
Oyster House has been around forever, and it still has one of the best oyster Happy Hours in the city.
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Serpico on South Street is a good date spot with a nice bar and really pretty shared plates.
Cheu is a noodle and dumpling spot in Fishtown where you should start a night out.
Hikari is a BYOB sushi spot in Northern Liberties that has solid, classic rolls and a bunch of outdoor seating in the summer.
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Royal Sushi & Izakaya
Royal Sushi & Izakaya in Queen Village does the best sushi omakase in the city and has a fun bar up front.
Double Knot is an all-day cafe with a basement izakaya that serves some of the best Japanese food in the city.
Devon Seafood Grill
Devon Seafood in Rittenhouse is exactly where you should go for a big event, or when you have a corporate card, to eat a lot of shellfish.
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