30+ New And Coming-Soon Restaurants Hitting Philly This Spring

The spring restaurant scene in Philly is sizzling with more than 25 new eateries in neighborhoods across the city.

The spring season is in full bloom, and so is the region’s restaurant scene with a spate of just-opened eateries refreshing diner’s palates.

Among the additions: a Dutch and Pennsylvania German mashup bruncherie, the second coming of Queen Village favorite Southwark, a cheesesteak-ery for every eater, and three new gathering places in Fishtown.

Read on for our guide to new and coming soon restaurants this spring — and make your reservations!

Now Open

The Dutch

Northern Europe meets Pennsylvania German cuisine at The Dutch, the collaboration between chefs Lee Styer (Fond) and Joncarl Lachman (Noord, Neuf). The Pennsport bruncherie serves ring bologna eggs benedict with homemade rye English muffin; scallion waffles with cream chipped beef; and Dutch baby pancakes both sweet and savory.

The Dutch

Where:The Dutch, 1527 S. 4th Street

www.thedutchphilly.com

Wm. Mulherin's Sons

Located in a historic building under the El in Fishtown, Wm. Mulherin's Sons is turning heads for its food, cocktails and its beautiful space. The menu boasts delicious wood-fired Italian fare and the restaurant and bar are located in a former whiskey bottling facility that has been meticulously restored. Pizzas like the Leslie Chow (nameke, trumpet mushroom, taleggio) and the Spicy Jawn (pepperoni, hot coppa, sharp provolone, long hots) come from the wood-fired oven while crudos, rustic homemade pastas and grilled meats balance out the appealing menu. And don't skip having one of Mulherin's signature cocktails – they're excellent.

Wm. Mulherin's Sons

Where:Wm. Mulherin’s Sons, 1355 N. Front Street

www.wmmulherinssons.com

Root

The convivial atmosphere of Root welcomes customers to a new serious dining option in Fishtown. The kitchen turns out cauliflower zeppole, potato gnocchi with clams, mussels and bottarga, and chocolate hazelnut cème brûlée, while the bar slings four different kinds of gin and tonics and a well-curated list of wines by the glass.

Root

Where:Root Restaurant, 1206 Frankford Avenue

www.rootrestaurant.com

Dottie’s Donuts

Vegans score another win with the opening of Dottie’s Donuts in West Philadelphia. The startup, which has won a following at coffee shops around the city, now peddles its cruelty-free treats (mango-lemon curd; crunchy peanut butter; blueberry maple; chocolate pistachio) from a permanent storefront.

Dottie’s Donuts

Where:Dottie's Donuts, 4529 Springfield Avenue

www.facebook.com/Dotties-Donuts

SuGa

Susannah Foo built her name on Asian cooking with French foundational technique and unexpected flourishes. At her latest venture, the elegant Suga, that means goat cheese wontons with heirloom beets, Mongolian lamb with sundried tomato, and ginger panna cotta with coconut tapioca pudding.

SuGa

Where:SuGa, 1720 Sansom Street

www.sugabyfoo.com

Fishtown Social

A "café" with a casual yet urbane atmosphere, Fishtown Social brings an emphasis on wines by the glass to a neighborhood more typically associated with craft beer. The selections range from New World to Old and a small menu of cheese, charcuterie and bar snacks supplies the edible options

Fishtown Social

Where:Fishtown Social, 1525 Frankford Avenue

www.fishtownsocial.com

Essen Bakery

Pastry chef Tova du Plessis (Lacroix) devotes her oven to Jewish breads and confections at Essen Bakery. That includes challah and rye breads, babka, and honey and apple cakes, plus Elixr coffees and rooibos lattes.

Essen Bakery

Where:Essen Bakery, 1437 East Passyunk Avenue

www.essenbakery.com

Neon Lobster

No need to head north for a delicious lobster roll. Pennsport’s Neon Lobster specializes in takeaway seafood treats liks chowder, fried calamari, fish and chips and the above-mentioned Maine-style delicacy.

Neon Lobster

Where:Neon Lobster, 2101 S. 3rd Street

www.neon-lobster.com

Sate Kampar

Malaysian street food shines at Sate Kampar. The Passyunk BYOB grills up meats on a stick in both classic and Hainanese styles, and rounds out the menu with herbaceous salads, stir-fried noodles, and braised coconut chicken, plus specialty drinks.

Sate Kampar

Where:Saté Kampar, 1837 East Passyunk Avenue

www.facebook.com/SateKampar

Southwark

Cheers accompanied the reopening of Queen Village favorite Southwark, now under new ownership after a brief hiatus. The menu of dinner and late-night eats keeps the spirit of the orginal, featuring chicken liver mousse with rhubarb gastrique, ricotta and pea ravioli, and a savvy selection of craft cocktails.

Southwark

Where:Southwark, 701 S. 4th Street

www.southwarkrestaurant.com

Cleavers

Cheesesteaks get the spotlight at Cleavers, Rittenhouse Square’s ode to the Philly fave. Fillings — whether ribeye, chicken or vegetables — can be delivered via roll, wrap or bowl, with toppings like sriracha aioli, blue cheese dressing, long hots and onion rings.

Cleavers

Where:Cleavers, 108 S. 18th Street

www.cleaversphilly.com

Sea Bar

Chinatown’s Sea Bar stays true to its name with an extensive oyster selection and a straightforward approach to seafood. The menu proffers a choice of clams, mussels, crawfish, lobster and more, all which can be seasoned (cajun, garlic butter, old bay) and accompanied by potatoes and corn.

Sea Bar

Where:Sea Bar Restaurant, 140 North 10th Street

www.seabarrestaurant.com

Snap Custom Pizza

The DIY ethic rules at growing local chain Snap Custom Pizza, which just opened its first location in Center City. Patrons build on their own crust with toppings like veal meatballs, herbed cream sauce, oregano oil and house roasted peppers.

Snap Custom Pizza

Where:Snap Custom Pizza, 1504 Sansom Street

www.snapcustompizza.com

Sweet Nectar Dessert Kitchen

Jay-Z’s former accountant Robin Broughton-Smith brings the good life to the Art Museum area with Sweet Nectar Dessert Kitchen. The bakery’s displays brim with treats like key lime cupcakes, lemon pound cake, butterscotch pecan cookies, baked donuts and sweet potato cheesecake, along with vegan and gluten-free options.

Sweet Nectar Dessert Kitchen

Where:Sweet Nectar Dessert Kitchen, 547 N. 20th Street

www.sweetnectardk.com

Jaxon BYOB

A BYOB in the grand Philly tradition, No Libs’ Jaxon cooks up serious cuisine with an eclectic array of influences. Small plates might include grilled chicken livers with grapefruit and scallion or the house mac and cheese, while the larger dishes include southern fried pork loin with grilled plums and fresh fettucini with spring peas.

Jaxon BYOB

Where:Jaxon BYOB, 701 N. 3rd Street

www.jaxonbyob.com

Stove & Tap

Every neighborhood deserves a contemporary but approachable gathering place and Stove & Tap brings this concept to Lansdale. A house version of poutine, shrimp pesto pasta and smoked chicken pot pie accompany an extensive beer selection that includes drafts, bottles and cans.

Stove & Tap

Where:Stove and Tap, 329 W. Main Street, Lansdale

www.stoveandtap.com

Coming Soon

Assembly Rooftop Lounge

Ready to escape the hustle of street-level cocktail hour? This April, Assembly Rooftop Lounge, a sky-high bar with amazing views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the city’s skyline, will open atop The Logan hotel. Sip cocktails from eight stories above street level this spring, summer and beyond.

Assembly Rooftop Lounge

When:Opening Saturday, April 30
Where:Assembly Rooftop Lounge at the Logan, 1 Logan Square

www.theloganhotel.com

Skygarten

Later this spring, Philadelphians can enjoy food and drinks from 51-stories up at the coming-soon Skygarten at the Top of the Tower. Operated by the folks behind Brauhaus Schmitz, guests can expect German-inspired drafts and cans, and a variety of bar bites.

Skygarten

When:Spring 2016
Where:Skygarten, 1717 Arch Street, 51st Floor

Fianco

Chef Luke Palladino brings a second concept to Valley Forge Casino Resort that's scheduled to pop up in time for Memorial Day celebrations. Planned as a complement to Palladino's high-end steakhouse, LP Steak, Fianco will deliver eats including classic Italian-American dishes to satisfy a crowd seeking a more casual experience.

Fianco

When:May 2016
Where:Valley Forge Casino Resort, 1160 1st Avenue, King of Prussia

www.vfcasino.com

Ruth's Chris Steak House

The famously sizzling steaks of Ruth’s Chris Steak House make their anticipated return to Center City. Prime beef (all served on 500°F plates) and potatoes (baked, au gratin, in fries and casseroles) star on the handsome franchise’s menu, as do Caribbean lobster tails and barbecue shrimp. The steakhouse joins the dining scene at the Sonesta Philadelphia Hotel, which also includes Art Bar, a modern cocktail space featuring artwork furnished by The Center for Emerging Visual Artists.

Ruth's Chris Steak House

When:May 2016
Where:Sonesta Philadelphia Hotel, 1800 Market Street

www.ruthschris.com

Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House

High-end steaks, and lots of opportunities for indulgence abound at the forthcoming Hugo’s, from a Chicago-based chain. The restaurant, part of the Sugarhouse Casino expansion, will seat 300 for lunch and dinner.

Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House

When:May 2016
Where:Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House, 1001 N. Delaware Avenue

www.hugosfrogbar.com

On Point

Easygoing, every day American food is the point at the forthcoming On Point, soon to be serving Point Breeze.

On Point

When:Summer 2016
Where:On Point, 1200 Point Breeze Avenue

Royal Izakaya

Eagerly anticipated for years, Royal Izakaya closes in on an opening date in Queen Village, promising sake, first-rate sushi and Japanese pub food.

Royal Izakaya

When:Summer 2016
Where:Royal Izakaya, 782 S. 2nd Street

Shoofry

Build-your-own French fry bar Shoofry will give Rittenhouse Square eaters new reasons to munch on poutine, sliders and shakes.

Shoofry

When:Spring 2016
Where:Shoofry, 132 S. 17th Street

www.shoofry.com

South Helm

Giving their devoted patrons a second location—this time in South Philly—Michael Griffiths and Kevin D’Egidio will open South Helm, another BYOB with highly inventive, locally sourced fare.

South Helm

When:Spring 2016
Where:South Helm, 100 Morris Street

Stockyard Sandwich Company

Emphasizing comfort and creativity in equal measure, Stockyard Sandwich Company will offer all-day eats in Spring Garden.

Stockyard Sandwich Company

When:Spring 2016
Where:Stockyard Sandwich Company, 1541 Spring Garden Street

www.stockyardphilly.com

Tiki

Jason Evenchik builds on his empire (Vintage, Time, Heritage and others) with Tiki, a Polynesian themed cockail bar in Midtown Village.

Tiki

When:Spring 2016
Where:Tiki, 102 S. 13th Street

Lou Bird’s

Debbie Jordan of Happy Rooster fame and her husband Norris move southward with their new American restaurant named for their daughter. On the menu: steak, fish and pasta, to be enjoyed in a softly lit atmosphere.

Lou Bird’s

When:Summer 2016
Where:Lou Bird's, 500 S. 20th Street

Beefsteak

Celebrity chef Jose Andres touches down in Philly with a veggie-centric fast casual eatery. Setting up shop in Penn’s Houston Hall, Beefsteak will serve design-your-own globally inspired grain and vegetable bowls.

Beefsteak

When:Summer 2016
Where:Beefsteak, 3417 Spruce Street

www.beefsteakveggies.com

Perla

Filipino cuisine in Philly has never taken hold outside of a few traditional restaurants, but now this intriguing cuisine will get the spotlight at chef Lou Boquila’s upcoming Perla. The BYOB just off the Passyunk strip will showcase the kinds of intensely flavorful dishes Boquila’s been making in his Pelago pop-up series.

Perla

When:Spring 2016
Where:Perla, 1535 S. 11th Street

www.perlaphilly.com

Scarpetta

The New York-based fine dining Italian restaurant chain will find a home in the Rittenhouse Hotel. Fresh pasta will be a focal point, along with well-seasoned veggies and hearty meat dishes.

Scarpetta

When:Late Summer 2016
Where:Scarpetta, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square

Cheu Noodle Bar Fishtown

A onetime stable for police horses sets the stage for the second location of the enormously popular Cheu Noodle Bar. Not many details have been released yet, but we can probably expect inventive Asian-Western mashups in a much bigger setting.

Cheu Noodle Bar Fishtown

When:Late Summer 2016
Where:Cheu Noodle Bar, 1420 Frankford Avenue

www.cheunoodlebar.com

Cinder

Another Center City spot expected to burn up the restaurant scene this summer? Cinder, a new concept from the team behind BRU Craft & Wurst, U-Bahn and Uptown Beer Garden that promises goods like wood-fired pizzas and 30 taps with a focus on ciders and sours.

Cinder

When:Summer 2016
Where:1500 Locust Street

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Jansen

A former Four Seasons chef is readying Jansen, an upscale American eatery in Mt. Airy.

Jansen

When:Spring 2016
Where:Jansen, 7402 Germantown Avenue

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