JJ Thai checks all the necessary boxes for somewhere to eat before a night out in Rittenhouse. You can get a lot of hearty Thai food without spending a ton, they take reservations, it’s a BYOB, and it’s right on Chestnut, so you don’t even need a car to get to your first bar stop of the night.
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Friday Saturday Sunday
Friday Saturday Sunday is a two-level American restaurant in Rittenhouse with a great bar that’s perfect for a night out with a few friends.
The Love in Rittenhouse feels like a nicer version of a mall restaurant, but their pastas and fried chicken are some of the best around.
There’s no better place to sit outside and eat French food around Rittenhouse Square than Parc.
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Baan Thai is a small BYOB in Schmidt Commons that has lots of outdoor seating in the summer.
Kalaya Thai Kitchen
Kalaya is a 30-seat BYOB in Bella Vista that serves the best Thai food in the city.
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Ristorante Pesto is an Italian BYOB in East Passyunk where you should start a night out with a lot of pasta.
Rex 1516 in Rittenhouse is about as close as you can get to New Orleans without leaving Philly.
Vientiane Cafe is a Laotian BYOB in West Philly that’s great for a casual group dinner or low-key date.
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