Cozara is a huge izakaya near Penn and Drexel, and they’re open for both lunch and dinner during the week. They have a pretty extensive menu that covers everything from yakitori skewers and ramen bowls to sushi rolls, and it’s all pretty good. They also have a great Happy Hour from 4 to 7pm on weeknights, where you can get $3 hand rolls, $4 bao buns, $5 on most other rolls, and drink specials starting at $3.
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Don Barriga Mexican Grill
Don Barriga is a Mexican spot in University City that has barbacoa on the weekends.
The Penn Museum is a gorgeous old building on Penn’s campus filled with lots of relics, and it has a particularly nice garden to sit outside in.
Manakeesh Cafe Bakery
Manakeesh is a Lebanese bakery in West Philly that’s good for a quick coffee or a flatbread with some friends.
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DK Sushi is an outpost of Double Knot inside of Franklin’s Table that serves excellent sushi, including a $35 mini-omakase.
Pod in West Philly looks like the inside of a spaceship and serves a mix of Chinese and Japanese dishes.
1225 Raw Sushi & Sake Lounge
When you’re looking for reasonably priced sushi, but still want it to feel a little special, head to 1225 Raw in Center City.
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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.
Sunset Social is essentially a lawn on top of a parking garage in University City with burgers and frozen drinks.
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