Ambra is right next door to Southwark and is owned by the same people, but serves Italian food and feels much more upscale. The tiny, 16-seat restaurant has only one option - a four-course tasting menu for $72 - with things like squid ink spaghetti and Sicilian lamb breast, plus a complimentary glass of champagne when you first arrive. If you want to continue drinking wine after you finish your free glass, they also have one of the better lists in the city - with a focus on Italian reds.
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Neighborhood Ramen is a small, eat-in only spot in Queen Village that usually has a line out the door (but it moves quickly).
Hale & True
Hale & True is a cidery and tasting room in Old City that has a rotating tap of seasonal ciders and some bar snacks.
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A Mano is an Italian BYOB in Fairmount that works for everything from a casual weeknight dinner to an anniversary celebration.
Palizzi Social Club
Palizzi Social Club is a members-only spot in East Passyunk. It’s hard to get a membership, but it’s worth it since the Italian food is so good.
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Cry Baby Pasta
Cry Baby Pasta is a nice-looking pasta spot in Queen Village that’s good for a casual dinner with friends.
The Hungry Pigeon
Hungry Pigeon is an all-day spot in Queen Village where you’ll go for breakfast, stick around until lunch, and consider coming back for dinner.
Royal Sushi & Izakaya
Royal Sushi & Izakaya in Queen Village does the best sushi omakase in the city and has a fun bar up front.
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