Oyster House, one of the city’s best raw bars, is perfect for a few different situations. Come for a post-work Happy Hour, when you can get a-buck-a-shuck oysters and $3 oyster shooters, with a coworker you’ve been putting off getting to know. Or, since they only take reservations for groups larger than six people, walk-in with a friend when you want to knock back a few shelled creatures and split a bottle of wine. And if you do have a big group of people, reserve one of their their “dump dinners,” which is a New England-style clambake where they dump buckets of seafood onto one of their long tables for everyone to dive into.
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Lolita is a small Mexican spot in Midtown Village where you can split some solid tacos and a few margaritas with some friends.
Vetri is expensive, completely over the top, and possibly the best restaurant in Philadelphia.
Tredici Enoteca is a wine bar in Midtown Village that has a big, inexpensive wine list and solid small plates.
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Common Wealth is one of the few places in Philly where you can get actually good Southern food.
Abe Fisher is an upscale dinner spot in Midtown Village serving updated Jewish deli classics, like smoked short ribs and borscht tartare.
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