Sampan is a Pan-Asian restaurant in Midtown Village, and while the large, loungey, and very purple space may feel a little outdated, the food here is still good. We’re especially into the small plates, like the chicken bao bun and rabbit egg roll, which are all $5 or less during Happy Hour. And if you’re not into the vibe inside, you can get the whole Happy Hour menu out back at the Graffiti Bar, which is a lot less purple.
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Balcony Bar Pop-up
Balcony Bar is a pop-up at the Kimmel Center that’s only open during SIPS in the summer.
Porta is a big pizza place in Center City where you should start a night out and stay for the weekend dance parties.
Ocean Prime is a steakhouse near City Hall with a massive bar that’s good for meeting coworkers or other business-related humans.
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Crazy Sushi is a party BYOB in Center City with neon lights, decent rolls, and pretty much no rules.
Da-Wa: Joseph’s Sushi and Ramen
Da-Wa is a small, casual sushi spot with a solid omakase offering under the El on Front Street.
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Double Knot is an all-day cafe with a basement izakaya that serves some of the best Japanese food in the city.
Giuseppe & Sons
Giuseppe & Sons is a two-floor Italian spot in Center City that’s part casual lunch shop and part upscale restaurant.
Middle Child is a contemporary diner/deli in Midtown Village that serves breakfast and lunch every day but Monday.
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