CITY GUIDES | Philadelphia

CITY GUIDES | Philadelphia


February 26, 2019
CITY GUIDES | Philadelphia

CITY GUIDES | Philadelphia


February 26, 2019


Featured Experts

James Beard semi-finalists and up-and-coming experts

Nich Bazik is the Executive Chef for Good King Tavern, and working on a Chinese-Mexican concept with Kensington Quarters founders Michael and Jeniphur Pasquarello.

Rich Landau of the staple Vedge Restaurant is a semi-finalist for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic

Ellen Yin is one of the biggest restaurateurs in the U.S. and is a semi-finalist for Outstanding Restauranteur (Fork, High Street on Market, High Street on Hudson,

Center City/Rittenhouse Square

Main area to start your trip (Reading Terminal Market, Downtown Nightlife, etc.) Rittenhouse Square is in the center of Center City and is Philly's most disputed restaurant neighborhood.  

  • Helm Rittenhouse
    • Popular Farm-to-table BYOB restaurant group Helm second location, now in Rittenhouse Square
    • Has upgraded with a bar program
    • Great choice for happy hour in an already competetive neighborhood
    • Helm Rittenhouse Reservation page via Opentable: Reservations
  • Glory Beer Bar & Kitchen
    • New beer bar in Old City
    • 36 taps, and over 100 varieties to chose from
    • Nice choice of hot spot close to many historical landmarks (sightseeing Liberty Bell, museums, etc.)
    • Glory Beer Bar & Kitchen Reservation page via email: Reservations
  • Giuseppe & Sons
    • New South Philly-inspired Italian concept from expert Michael Schulson
    • The two-floor restaurant includes a street-level Luncheonette.
    • Partnering with the Termini family, with a long standing Italian cuisine influence in Philadelphia (Termini Brothers Bakery).
    • Giuseppe & Sons Reservation page via Opentable: Reservations

South of Philly/Queens Village

Popular area where tourists come to visit Little Italy and world-famous cheesesteak shops such as Geno's and Pat's. Neighborhoods like Queens Village and Passyunk Square round out the south of Philly. 

  • If you're looking to expand your refined palate for natural wine, Bloomsday Cafe is a great option. Not only can you find wines by small producers at this all-day cafe, but a bottle shop as well.
  • Fiore
    • Italian All-day Bakery/Cafe making a big impression in Queens Village.
    • Specializing in baked goods, pizza, and pasta dishes.
    • Wine list with a large variety of American and Italian wines.
    • Fiore Reservation page via Resy: Reservations
  • Cry Baby Pasta
    • With the news of Bridget Foy's demise, having burned down and currently rebuilt, the founder's daughter (named after the restaurantt) has opened her own venture next door, Cry Baby Pasta. Delivering staple dishes that make Philadelphia known for Italian fare, and an Italian focused bar program.
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