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Philadelphia’s New Restaurant Openings

The new restaurant openings you should know about.

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If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in Philly, you might go a little bit crazy. So just read this list instead. These are the new restaurant openings that seem like they have the most potential - although keep in mind, for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises. Go forth and be a pioneer.

We’ll be regularly updating this post. Once we’ve checked out a spot, we’ll add a note if it makes it onto our Hit List.

February 2019

Musi

$$$$ 100 Morris Street

Musi in Pennsport calls their food “relationship cuisine,” and we’re not really sure what that means, but it looks mostly Mediterranean-influenced, with things like marinated feta and beef neck on the 12-item menu.

Aether

$$$$ 1832 Frankford Ave

Aether is a seafood-focused spot in Fishtown from a group that already has a couple of restaurants out in King of Prussia and Princeton. The interior is small and datey, with mostly two-tops and leather booths, and they’re donating all of their profits from the first month to the non-profit Women Against Abuse.

January 2019

Society Hill FIlms

Makhani Restaurant

$$$$ 3 N 3rd

Makhani is a new Indian spot in Old City that has a whole bread section on their menu, as well as a lot of mango-centric dishes.

The Common

$$$$ 3601 Market Street

The Common is a big, new American restaurant in University City that does a mix of small plates, pastas, and larger things like sea bass and roasted chicken.

Neighborhood Ramen

$$$$ 617 S 3rd St

Until recently, Neighborhood Ramen was solely a pop-up that you may have chased around West Philly at some point, only to find that it was sold out once you finally pinned the location down. But now it finally has a permanent 20-seat BYOB home in Queen Village, and is serving ramen, donburi bowls, and a few sides.

Society Hill FIlms

Cry Baby Pasta

$$$$ 627 S 3rd St

Cry Baby is a wine and pasta bar that opened in the old Ela space in Queen Village, and is starting with just dinner service, but will expand to lunch and brunch sometime later this year. And even though pasta places usually aren’t ideal if you avoid gluten at all costs, all of their dishes (including pastas) can be made gluten-free.

Angelo’s Pizzeria

$$$$ 736 S 9th St

Angelo’s Pizzeria, which was located right over the bridge in Haddonfield until last year, just opened up their new location in the old Sarcone’s Deli space. They’re keeping the same menu that they had in their New Jersey shop for now, but will be (thankfully) adding some Sarcone’s hoagies into the rotation later this year.

Fiore

$$$$ 757 S Front St.

Fiore is a new all-day Italian cafe in Queen Village that’s in the old Kanella South location. They’re currently just doing breakfast and lunch, but they’ll be open for dinner service later this month once they get their liquor license later this month.

Rachel Lerro

Unit Su Vege

$$$$ 2000 Hamilton Street

This is a completely vegetarian and kosher BYOB Chinese spot near the Art Museum, and it’s from the people behind the similarly vegetarian Su Xing House in Center City.

Rachel Lerro

Aurora Grace

$$$$ 517 South 5th St.

Aurora Grace is primarily a chocolate shop and cafe in Queen Village that makes painted chocolates, macarons, and other sweets. They also serve Rival Bros. coffee and a house hot chocolate.

December 2018

Rachel Lerro

Poes Sandwich Joint

$$$$ 1429 Marlborough St

Poe’s is a to-go window right on Frankford Ave. that was opened by self-appointed marijuana enthusiast/comedian, N.A. Poe. This place serves overloaded sandwiches, cheesesteaks, and fries until 3am on the weekend, which is exactly when eating all of these things sounds like a good idea.

November 2018

Rachel Lerro

Chatayee Thai

$$$$ 1228 Walnut St

Chatayee Thai is a huge, two-story Thai restaurant in Midtown Village that focuses on Bangkok-style street food. You’ll see more traditional dishes here, from beef and chicken skewers to bigger things like braised short ribs.

Rachel Lerro

Mamoun's Falafel - Philly

$$$$ 300 Market Street

New York City’s Mamoun’s Falafel now has its first location in Philadelphia, occupying about 1,400 square feet on the corner of 3rd & Market in Old City. They serve things like hummus, pita sandwiches, baba ganoush, and tabbouleh.

Rachel Lerro

This is a huge, two-story Italian place from the same people as Sampan, Double Knot, and El Vez. The first floor is an all-day cafe serving sandwiches and pastries from Termini Bros., while the basement is a dark, upscale bar and restaurant that does classics like meatballs & gravy and chicken parmigiana.

The Bourse

$$$$ 111 S Independence Mall E

The Bourse building in Old City right across from the Liberty Bell has officially reopened, with more than 30 vendors. Most notably, there’s a Rebel Taco, a Freebyrd Chicken, and a location of DC Korean BBQ Takorean.

Chubby Cattle

$$$$ 146 N. 10th St.

Chubby Cattle’s first Philly location opened in Chinatown, and here you order via iPad and build your own Mongolian hot pot off of a conveyor belt that runs by the tables.

Taqueria Del Norte

$$$$ 2859 Holme Ave

A casual taco spot from the chef behind Blue Duck is now open in North Philly. It’s BYOT (bring your own tequila) for now, but they’ll supply the rest of the ingredients for your margaritas.

Rachel Lerro

Mainstay Independent Brewing Co

$$$$ 901 N. Delaware Ave.

Mainstay Independent is the first spot to open inside Craft Hall, the old Yards Brewing building, in Northern Liberties. It’s mostly a taproom/brewery, but also has a small menu of bar food, including crab dip and a Lost Bread pretzel with beer mustard.

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