45+ Brand-New And Coming-Soon Restaurants To Visit In Philly This Fall

Autumn’s new eats include a modern spin on Filipino fare, Philly fried chicken, Hawaiian poke & much more....

It’s official: Two of Philly’s recent openings — Wm. Mulherin’s Sons and South Philly Barbacoa — made Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurants list, marking 2016 as a banner year for the local restaurant scene.

There’s more yet to come this fall, with a thrilling lineup of globally inspired newcomers, including Philly’s first poke shop Poke Bowl, a boldly imaginative taqueria Mission, Filipino fine dining Perla and Latin American street food La Mula Terca.

Here are the highlights of the season’s must-try list — both brand-new spots and those coming soon to neighborhoods around town.

Shake up your fall by checking out the top new spots.

Coming Soon

Harp & Crown

Like his 2016 opening Double Knot, Michael Schulson’s Harp & Crown will encompass multiple levels and concepts—this time with a speakeasy bar, restaurant and bowling lanes.

Harp & Crown

Where:1525 Sansom Street

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24

Prolific chef-restaurateur Jose Garces will debut a health-conscious wood-fire grill called 24 at his company’s headquarters at 2401 Walnut Street.

24

Where:2401 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

www.garcesgroup.com

Res Ipsa

An all-day cafe soon to be launched in Rittenhouse, Res Ipsa represents the joint work of the owners of Stock and ReAnimator Coffee.

Res Ipsa

Where:2220 Walnut Street

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Cinder

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Sours, ciders and wild ales will accompany wood-fired pizzas, mussels and more at Cinder, the first west-of-Broad Street venture from the people behind Bru Craft & Wurst and U-Bahn.

Cinder

Where:1500 Locust Street

www.cinderphilly.com

Shenanigan's Saloon

The visionaries behind Standard Tap and Johnny Brenda’s take on a third gastropub with Shenanigan’s Saloon in Kensington, which promises to celebrate local distilleries and their products.

Shenanigan's Saloon

Where:Shenanigans, 1624 North Front Street and 3133 Gaul Street

www.shenaniganssaloon.com

Rarest

Ceviche and crudo plates will be the focus at Rarest, an American raw bar from chef Anthony Marini at the Franklin.

Rarest

Where:834 Chestnut Street

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Banh Mi and Bottles

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Because Philly can’t get enough bottle shops or banh mi, Banh Mi and Bottles is sure to be a hit on the edge of Bella Vista.

Banh Mi and Bottles

Where:712 South Street, Philadelphia

www.banhmiandbottles.com

Chix & Bowls

The folks behind Washington Square West’s Chix & Wings plan Chix & Bowls for 20th Street, offering their famous chicken — Korean fried, teriyaki or spicy garlic—on rice bowls or salads.

Chix & Bowls

Where:28 S. 20th Street

www.chixnwings.com

EAT Cafe

Drexel University and Vetri restaurants have partnered on pay-what-you-can-afford EAT Cafe, which stands for “everyone at the table,” in West Philadelphia.

EAT Cafe

Where:3820 Lancaster Ave

www.eatcafe.org

Burger & Beer Joint and Flair Street

Embedded into forthcoming bowling alley and entertainment complex Revolutions will be two nationally based food and beverage concepts: Burger & Beer Joint and Flair Street, a bar staffed by tricky mixologists.

Burger & Beer Joint and Flair Street

Where:1009 Canal Street

www.revolutionsbowl.com

Destination Dogs

One of a handful of new hangouts for Washington Square West, Destination Dogs serves arcade games and multiple bars with its international sausage menu.

Destination Dogs

Where:1111 Walnut Street

www.destinationdogs.com

Heart of Lebanon

Passyunk Avenue’s restaurant scene gets more global with Heart of Lebanon, which plans to serve kebabs, dips and lamb shanks with a side of belly dancing.

Heart of Lebanon

Where:1907 E. Passyunk Avenue

Mistral

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Princeton’s elegant Mistral adds more upmarket eating options to the King of Prussia complex, with inventive small plates and a seasonal focus.

Mistral

Where:King of Prussia, 160 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia

www.mistralkop.com

Veda

The Rittenhouse neighborhood awaits a modern Indian bar and restaurant with a focus on classic vegetarian dishes in Veda.

Veda

Where:1920 Chestnut Street

Shoo Fry

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Shoo Fry promises to be one of two new poutine shops, this one in the Rittenhouse neighborhood, with smothered fries, milkshakes and sliders.

Shoo Fry

Where:Shoo Fry, 132 S. 17th Street

www.shoofry.com

Smoke's Poutinerie

Smoke’s Poutinerie plans to travel from its Quebec base to South Street, bringing classic to crazy versions of French Canada’s smothered specialty with it.

Smoke's Poutinerie

Where:411 South Street, Philadelphia

www.smokespoutinerie.com

At The Table

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Carefully composed modern American fare will populate the menu At the Table when owners Tara Buzan and Alex Hardy launch their Wayne BYOB.

At The Table

Where:11 Louella Court, Wayne

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Evil Genius Brewing Company

Beer fans, get excited. Later this fall — or early winter — Evil Genius Brewing Company will open its doors on Front Street in Kensington. Head out for delicious craft beer from the popular local brewery in a brand-new space.

Evil Genius Brewing Company

Where:Evil Genius Brewing Company, 1731-1733 N. Front Street

www.evilgeniusbeer.com

Pizzeria Vetri Square Pie

The latest in the Vetri family of restaurants, Pizzeria Vetri Square Pie is destined to open this October in King of Prussia and promises rotolos, pizzas with seasonal toppings and soft-serve ice cream in collabortion with chef Kevin Sbraga to enjoy afterwards.

Pizzeria Vetri Square Pie

When:October 2016
Where:King of Prussia, 160 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia

www.pizzeriavetri.com

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Scarpetta

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Elegant Italian cookery and refined service wins New York’s Scarpetta endless accolades, and now the restaurant will be opening an outpost in the Rittenhouse Hotel.

Scarpetta

Where:Scarpetta Philadelphia, 210 West Rittenhouse Square

www.ldvhospitality.com

The James

The team behind Old City’s Mac’s Tavern will fancy up their comfortable, casual bar concept when they open The James, in the shadow of the in-construction Comcast Tower.

The James

Where:1835 Arch Street

www.jamesphiladelphia.com

Butcher Bar

Popular eateries Valanni, Mercato and Varga Bar now have a younger sibling in Butcher Bar. The meat-focused menu tempts carnivores with Sloppy Joe poutine, four kinds of meatballs and smoked wild boar ribs, along with 16 beers and six wines on tap.

Butcher Bar

Where:Butcher Bar, 2034 Chestnut Street

www.butcherbarphilly.com

Lou Bird's

A neighborhood bistro with an elegant touch, Lou Bird’s finds the balance between approachable and interesting. Ingenuity finds its way into edibles like roasted potato and duck confit pierogi, Pekin poussin over buckwheat waffle and oat sponge cake with honey and chamomile ice cream.

Lou Bird's

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

www.loubirds.net

Mission Taqueria

The team behind Sansom Street Oyster House opened Mission upstairs. The cheerful, sunlit taqueria freshly remixes Mexican classics with results like the green juice margarita, lamb barbacoa with quinoa tabouleh, and braised goat tacos with feta and black currants.

Mission Taqueria

Where:Mission Taqueria, 1516 Sansom Street

www.missiontaqueria.com

Royal Sushi and Izakaya

Queen Village has received its long-awaited Royal Sushi & Izayaka soon, a project from the people behind the popular Royal Tavern, Triangle Tavern and Khyber Pass Pub.

Royal Sushi and Izakaya

Where:780 S. 2nd Street

www.royalsushiandizakaya.com

Restaurant Ambra

A mere 16 seats fill Italian contemporary Restaurant Ambra, a Queen Village project that belongs to the folks behind nearby Southwark and pays homage to its Fabric Row address.

Restaurant Ambra

Where:705 S. 4th Street

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Kanella Grill

With 2015’s move to more spacious flagship digs in Queen Village, Konstantinos Pistillides revamps his original Kanella restaurant space for a new concept. All-day Kanella Grill fires up kebabs (pork, chicken, siefpaila sausage) with an assortment of fresh Cypriot salads, to be followed by coffee frappes, baklava or galaktoboureko (custard in filo).

Kanella Grill

Where:Kanella Grill, 1001 Spruce Street

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Wister

Old City hails the opening of BYOB Wister by former Lacroix sous chef Benjamin Moore and featuring elegant, seasonal preparations with a focus on fish.

Wister

Where:26 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia

www.wisterbyob.com

Tiki

There’s no understating the pleasure of sipping on vibrantly colored cocktails amid thatched roofs and bamboo walls. Midtown Village cocktail bar Tiki serves up rum and fresh fruit drinks galore, plus Asian-inspired snacks such as sweet and sour pork dumplings, king oyster mushroom bao buns and satay.

Tiki

Where:Tiki, 102 S. 13th Street

www.tikiphilly.com

Aroma

Taking up residence in a cozy dining room near Washington Square, Aroma luxuriates in a white tablecloth bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) experience. The contemporary Italian fare, served for lunch and dinner, includes grilled octopus with fennel over ceci beans; mascarpone gnocchi with lobster; and grilled baby lamb chops with rosemary.

Aroma

Where:Ristorante Aroma, 1120 Pine Street

ristorantearomaphilly.com

Perla

New to East Passyunk Avenue’s restaurant row, the eagerly awaited Perla promises an original dining experience. Drawing inspiration from his native Filipino cuisine, Chef Lou Boquila serves up an a la carte menu of dishes like octopus escabeche, duck breast adobo and coconut panna cotta.

Perla

Where:Perla, 1535 S. 11th Street

www.perlaphilly.com

La Mula Terca

Point Breeze food continues to flourish with the arrival of La Mula Terca. The pan-Latin street fare encompasses hanger steak with grilled cactus, chicken pinchos, churrasco and Mexican lime water ice.

La Mula Terca

Where:La Mula Terca, 2053 S. Beechwood Street

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Frida Cantina

A homage to Frida Kahlo, Frida Cantina honors the artist’s singular spirit with brightly painted walls and a festive atmosphere. Traditional Mexican eats such as huitlacoche quesadillas, lamb barbacoa and chile relleno can be mixed and matched with selections from the expansive tequila and mezcal list.

Frida Cantina

Where:Frida Cantina, 1000 Wolf Street

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Spice End

Kati rolls rule at Spice End, an Indian street food specialist that recently opened a new location on South Street. Warm flatbreads can be stuffed with a variety of curried meats, cheeses and vegetables served alongside dipping sauces.

Spice End

Where:Spice End, 650 South Street

www.spiceend.com

On Point

It’s a family affair when two Jose Garces alumni (Juan Lopez and Mallory Fix Lopez) join up with siblings to launch corner BYOB On Point in Point Breeze. The cozy daytime spot offers clever brunches of breakfast burgers and breakfast nachos, French toast made with Essen Bakery’s challah, Mexican Caesar salads and Philly cheesesteak omelets.

On Point

Where:On Point Bistro, 1200 Point Breeze Avenue

www.onpointbistro.com

Bait & Switch

A neighborhood bar with a nautical theme, Bait & Switch emphasizes seafood and signature cocktails. That means clam strips; surf and turf with fish cake; sausage, fish and chips—and Key lime pie, not to mention four different kinds of punch.

Bait & Switch

Where:Bait & Switch, 2537 E. Somerset Street

www.thebestseafood.com

Garage North

The concept took off in South Philly and now Garage North shares the indoor playground idea with Fishtown. In addition to 400 beers, whiskey, pool tables and skeeball, the Girard Avenue location serves food cooked up by esteemed chefs who rotate through the kitchen.

Garage North

Where:Garage North, 100 E. Girard Avenue

www.garagephilly.com

Federal Distilling Room

The home of Stateside Vodka, Federal Distilling Room invites tasters in to sample the wares. The focus is the full menu of signature cocktails incorporating the house spirit, along with beer, wine and hearty fare such as chili and cheese hot dogs or a roast beef sandwich with au jus and hot pepper spread.

Federal Distilling Room

Where:Federal Distilling, 1700 N. Hancock Street

www.statesidevodka.com

Poke Bowl

Poke—the Hawaiian snack of marinated fish over rice—is having something of a moment. Northern Liberties’ Poke Bowl delivers the health-conscious goods with a build-your-own menu of fish, sauces and seasonings.

Poke Bowl

Where:Poke Bowl, 958 N. 2nd Street

pokebowl.org

Paesano's

Fittingly, Temple University now boasts the summa cum laude of sandwich purveyors. Paesano’s North Philly location turns out the same fantastic goods as its other two locales: the Arista pork with broccoli rabe, long hots and provolone; the meatloaf parmesan; and the namesake Paesano with brisket, roasted tomato, horseradish mayo, provolone and egg.

Paesano's

Where:Paesano’s, 2012 N. Broad Street

www.paesanosphillystyle.com

Binto Market and Cafe

Manayunk favorite Chabaa Thai reopens with a new market/fast-casual concept next door. Binto turns out a menu of light Asian snacks (shumai, banh mi, noodles and mix and match salads) while selling owner Krapugthong’s signature line of curry pastes, sauces and dressings.

Binto Market and Cafe

Where:Binto, 4345 Main Street

www.bintomarketcafe.com

Foghorn

In Riva’s mastermind Arthur Cavaliere introduces his new classic “Philly style” fried chicken at Foghorn. The proprietary recipe can be enjoyed in full or half birds with choice of sauce, or as a chicken sandwich on a potato roll.

Foghorn

Where:Foghorn, 4213 Ridge Avenue

www.foghornphilly.com

Gigi Italian Bistro

The owners of Maya.J go for a double shot in Manayunk with Gigi Italian Bistro. The laidback, intimate BYOB honors nonnas everywhere with fra diavolo linguine, chicken parmigiana and pepperoni pizza

Gigi Italian Bistro

Where:Gigi Italian Bistro, 4357 Main Street

www.gigiphiladelphia.com

New Restaurants At King of Prussia Mall

Mall shoppers no longer have to settle for soft pretzels: Savor King of Prussia, the mall’s brand-new food court guarantees a luxe (but still quick-service) experience. Purveyors include Melt Shop, Hai Street Kitchen, Shake Shack, with outposts of The Fat Ham, Sweetgreen and Nicoletta.

New Restaurants At King of Prussia Mall

Where:King of Prussia, 160 N. Gulph Road

www.simon.com/mall/king-of-prussia-mall

Bridgeport Brewpub

Conshohocken Brewing Company expands its reach with the Bridgeport Brewpub. The bi-level restaurant and small-batch brewery serves fried cheese curds, wagyu/pork belly burgers and apple pie bread pudding to soak up the beer.

Bridgeport Brewpub

Where:3 DeKalb Street, Norristown

www.conshohockenbrewing.com

Tom's Dim Sum

Media marks the second location of Shanghai food specialist Tom’s Dim Sum. The soup dumplings garner raves, but the buns, scallion pancakes and noodle dishes have their own loyal fan bases.

Tom's Dim Sum

Where:Tom's Dim Sum, 13 East State Street

tomsdimsum.com

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  1. What restaurant interior is pictured at the beginning of this article of new restaurants? Thanks, Pat McC

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