Morimoto is a super expensive sushi restaurant in Old City that’s looks kind of like the space station from Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century. It’s a good place to suggest when your client says, “I’m buying,” or your boss asks where she should take the team for a celebratory dinner. But if you decide to come here on your own dime, you should come for lunch, when the omakase is only $65 instead of the usual $125.
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Zahav is an Israeli restaurant in Old City/Society Hill that’s become a Philly institution.
La Peg is an American pub set inside the Fringe Arts building that turns into a huge beer garden during the summer.
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Serpico on South Street is a good date spot with a nice bar and really pretty shared plates.
Double Knot is an all-day cafe with a basement izakaya that serves some of the best Japanese food in the city.
Pod in West Philly looks like the inside of a spaceship and serves a mix of Chinese and Japanese dishes.
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Royal Sushi & Izakaya
Royal Sushi & Izakaya in Queen Village does the best sushi omakase in the city and has a fun bar up front.
Talula’s Garden is a good back-pocket spot in Washington Square West that serves seasonal American food and has a great patio.
Neighborhood Ramen is a small, eat-in only spot in Queen Village that usually has a line out the door (but it moves quickly).
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