12+ New Restaurants Now Serving In Philly This Summer

Steakhouses, poke restaurants, Thai ice cream shops, fast-casual vegetarian eateries and more...

Summertime is more delicious than ever with fresh flavors for everyone.

It might be take-it-easy season for the rest of us, but Philly’s restaurant owners are still working around the clock to open new establishments for our summer enjoyment, from classic steak to Thai rolled ice cream.

Here are some of the new additions that are making a staycation suddenly seem super attractive.

Aqimero

The Ritz-Carlton is once again a dining destination with the introduction of Richard Sandoval’s Latin American eatery. Sustainable seafood rules the day with a sushi, ceviche and raw bars, plus a wood fired grill turning out shrimp, lobster and fish, in addition to steaks, chicken and vegetables.

Aqimero

Where:Aqimero at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, 10 Avenue of the Arts

www.richardsandoval.com

ITV

Only great things can happen when one of the highest rated restaurants in the city gets a companion bar next door. Chef Nicholas Elmi's intimate new ITV promises a wondrous wine list, fine specialty cocktails and craft brews, and small plates with dreamy French-technique touches like smoked potatoes with hazelnut pistou and traditional caviar service.

ITV

Where:1615 E. Passyunk Avenue

www.itvphilly.com

Beefsteak

Celebrity chef Jose Andres brings his veggie game to Philly with a fast casual concept that makes healthy eating a whole lot more attractive. House selections include the Frida Kale bowl with black beans, rice, pumpkin seeds and lemon honey dressing and a signature meatless burger, but there are also endless make-your-own possibilities.

Beefsteak

Where:3417 Spruce Street

www.beefsteakveggies.com

Keating's Rope & Anchor, Bar + Kitchen

Housed in Philadelphia’s Hilton at Penn’s Landing, overlooking the Delaware River Waterfront and on the doorstep of Spruce Street Harbor Park, Rope & Anchor brings a new look and menu to the property's ground-floor restaurant, dishing seaworthy American cuisine that focuses on sustainable seafood and local ingredients. Snag a spot indoors or outside on the waterfront patio for beer, wine or cocktails to pair with flatbreads, sandwiches, salads and seafood.

Keating's Rope & Anchor, Bar + Kitchen

Where:Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing, 201 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

ropeandanchorkitchen.com

Hugo's Frog Bar & Chop House

You don’t have to be a high roller to enjoy the spoils of the SugarHouse Casino’s newest restaurant. The Chicago based steakhouse chain offers traditional beef cuts along with sweet chili fried calamari, lobster rolls and crab mac and cheese, and seats 300 for lunch and dinner.

Hugo's Frog Bar & Chop House

Where:SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Avenue

www.hugosfrogbar.com

Ruth's Chris

Philly’s long-running outpost of the upmarket steakhouse has moved to a new location with a bright and airy interior design. Also new: the menu, featuring freshly conceived dishes like roasted yellow tomato bisque and an excellent happy hour special ($9 appetizers and drinks). 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

Where:Sonesta Philadelphia Hotel, 1800 Market Street

www.ruthschris.com

South Helm

Given the wild success of Helm BYOB in Fishtown, a second location seems the only appropriate response. South Helm keeps to the formula with highly seasonal, local cooking, but the new restaurant has its own changing menu which at this very moment features pasta with soft shell crab; quail with mushrooms and hakurei turnips and a gateau basque with rhubarb yogurt.

South Helm

Where:100 Morris Street

www.helmphilly.com

Pinefish

Washington Square West’s newest resident is a funky seafooder with an emphasis on simple food. Fresh fish and shellfish are abundant (fried oysters with smoked almond mayo; grilled head-on shrimp with gochujang; cioppino), and the bar offers six beers on tap, plus cocktails and wine.

Pinefish

Where:1138 Pine Street

www.pinefish.fish

Sweet Charlie's

Thai style rolled ice cream has finally arrived to Philly and Sweet Charlie’s brings it in a big way. Flavors like rice krispy, s’more and mint chip can be rolled with coconut, Nutella and crushed Oreos.

Sweet Charlie's

Where:711 Walnut Street

www.sweetcharlies.com

Poke Bowl

Poke is a staple in Hawaiian cuisine and now, the raw-fish based meal, is a Philly dining staple thanks to Poke Bowl. The new Northern Liberties restaurant serves fast-casual poke bowls that come in a number of varieties with popular raw proteins like tuna, salmon, crab, octopus and more. Proteins, veggies and sauces come topped on your choice of rice or salad.

Poke Bowl

Where:958 N. 2nd Street

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Air Grille

Now open every evening at Dilworth Park, Air Grille serves up retro-inspired summertime eats whipped up by Brûlée Catering cooks from a sleek Airstream trailer. Step up to the window to order summer grill staples like of hot dogs, burgers and corn on the cob, as well as smoked brisket, falafel burgers and more.

Air Grille

Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street

www.ccdparks.org

Parks On Tap

Photo courtesy Park On Tap

Though not a permanent new spot per se, we're psyched about the offerings of the brand new Parks on Tap. The program takes advantage of lush extant spaces and Philly’s wealth of mobile suppliers to bring two trucks at a time (one food, one craft beer and more adult beverages), along with live music and outdoor games to Schuylkill Banks at Walnut Street Bridge, Penn Treaty Park, Clark Park, Lemon Hill and more. The summer series runs from June 29 through October 2 at parks throughout Philly.

Parks On Tap

When:June 29-October 2
Where:Various locations including Schuylkill Banks, 2501 Walnut Street

www.parksontap.com

PHS Pop-Up Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park

PHSPHOTO BY ROB CARDILLO FOR PHS

New this year, the PHS Pop-UP Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park is the second Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Pop Up Garden. Chefs Jason Cichonski of Ela and The Gaslight and Sylva Senat of Dos Tacos and Maison helm the Bun Box, serving steamed bao and other buns stuffed with tikka masala, Buffalo chicken and more. The garden bar has six beers on tap (including a special PHS beer from Victory Brewing Company), canned beers and throwback-to-modern cocktails, from Fish House Punch to blood orange margaritas.

PHS Pop-Up Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park

Where:10th and Hamilton streets

www.phsonline.org

SkyGarten

The city’s tallest beer garden, SkyGarten combines the dramatic views of the uppermost floors of Three Logan Square’s SkyBrunch with the culinary magic of chef Jeremy Nolen of Brauhaus Schmitz. Visitors can choose from four drafts, canned German and craft beers, cocktails and a bar snack menu while enjoying superb vistas 51 floors up.

SkyGarten

Where:Three Logan Square, 1717 Arch Street

skygartenphilly.com

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