30 New Restaurants To Check Out In Philly This Winter

24, Dim Sum House, HipCityVeg on Broad and more...

The winter weather isn’t putting a damper on Philly’s sizzling dining scene.

In the past few months, the city has welcomed the grand opening of highly anticipated restaurants from all-star chefs, including Jose Garces and Michael Solomonov.

Philly has also seen the expansion of fast-casual eateries like Hip City Veg (now open on Broad Street!), Weckerly’s (which opened a new storefront in Fishtown) and Schmear It (a popular food truck that opened its first brick-and-mortar shop).

Read on for the new restaurants we’re most excited about in Philly.

Rooster Soup Co.

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The CookNSolo restaurant group (Zahav, Federal Donuts, Dizengoff) has teamed up with Philadelphia's Broad Street Ministry to turn Federal Donuts’ unused chicken backs and bones into soul-warming broths at Rooster Soup Co. The laid-back all-day luncheonette is now open for lunch and dinner, with all profits benefiting Broad Street Hospitality Collaborative.

Rooster Soup Co.

Where:Rooster Soup Co., 1526 Sansom Street

www.roostersoupcompany.com

Dim Sum House

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The just-opened Dim Sum House in University City focuses on Shanghai -and Cantonese-style plates, with a menu ranging from soup dumplings and fried rice dishes to authentic bowls of noodles (yes, dan dan noodles!) and traditional entrees. Beyond food, bartenders pour a solid selection of specialty cocktails, beer and wine.

Dim Sum House

Where:Dim Sum House, 3939 Chestnut Street

www.dimsum.house

Res Ipsa

All-day eats shine at Res Ipsa, a Euro-style cafe. Morning bites like pomegranate ricotta focaccia, mid-day snacks like a spicy chicken sandwich with pickled greens and evening fare such as trofie pasta with mushroom ensure that there’s something interesting to eat at any hour.

Res Ipsa

Where:Res Ipsa, 2218 Walnut Street

www.resipsaphilly.com

Rarest

Chef Anthony Marini riffs on all things raw at Rarest. The Washington Square restaurant’s menu includes ceviche, poke and tartare alongside more well-done dishes such as hanger steak with creamed greens and beet spaghetti.

Rarest

Where:Rarest, 834 Chestnut Street

www.rarestphilly.com

Friday Saturday Sunday

A symbol of Philly’s first restaurant renaissance, Friday Saturday Sunday gets a 21st-century reboot with a sleek new look. Chef Chad Williams has also renovated the menu with a raw bar, fresh pastas and cocktails galore.

Friday Saturday Sunday

Where:Friday Saturday Sunday, 261 S. 21st Street

www.fridaysaturdaysunday.com

Puyero Venezuelan Flavor

Taking up residence in a cheerful storefront, Puyero Venezuelan Flavor keeps its sights on Latin street food. The quick-service counter turns out arepas, patacónes and pan con queso.

Puyero Venezuelan Flavor

Where:Puyero Venezuelan Flavor, 524 S. 4th Street

www.puyeroflavor.com

Veda

The Rittenhouse neighborhood is now home to Veda, a modern Indian bar and restaurant with a focus on classic vegetarian dishes.

Veda

Where:Veda, 1920 Chestnut Street

www.vedaphilly.com

24

24Photo courtesy Martin Buday

Garces Group's latest venture, 24 specializes in wood-grilled Italian fare. The Rittenhouse eatery overlooks the Schuylkill River, and the kitchen plates up artichoke farinata; rustic pastas like rabbit agnolotti with brown butter and cherries; and pizzas topped with clam, kale and Parmesan cream.

24

Where:24, 2401 Walnut Street #303

www.24philly.com

HipCityVeg - Broad Street

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Nicole Marquis’ growing vegan fast foodery branches out again. The newest HipCityVeg locale turns out signature Ziggy burgers made from smoked tempeh, sweet potato fries and kale lemonade.

HipCityVeg - Broad Street

Where:HipCityVeg, North American Building, 121 S. Broad Street

www.hipcityveg.com

Baril

Rittenhouse Square French restaurant Baril emphasizes classic flavors and preparations. The menu’s highlights include Champagne-poached escargot, bass Provençal and braised lamb shank over white-bean cassoulet.

Baril

Where:Baril, 267 S. 19th Street

www.barilphilly.com

Flying Fish Crafthouse

Flying Fish Brewery jumps into the local brewpub game with Flying Fish Crafthouse, appropriately located in Brewerytown. A Craft House flight combines beers with matching foods, while twisted pretzels, a fried-chicken sandwich, pizza and plenty of burgers round out the offerings.

Flying Fish Crafthouse

Where:Flying Fish Crafthouse, 1363 N. 31st Street

www.ffcrafthouse.com

Weckerly's

Weckerly’s ice cream lands its first brick-and-mortar location in Fishtown. The shop sells the same signature flavors (hot chocolate, lemongrass cherry and caramel corn) as its truck, along with fun and funky ice cream sandwich combos.

Weckerly's

Where:Weckerly’s Ice Cream, 9 W. Girard Avenue

www.weckerlys.com

Tart Areperia 18.64

Tart Areperia 18.64’s stuffed Venezuelan flatbreads incorporate both traditional (pork, tuna) and definitively Philadelphian (cheesesteak) ingredients. The shop under the Girard Avenue El station stays open all day.

Tart Areperia 18.64

Where:Tartareperia 18.64, 1204 N. Front Street

www.tartareperia.com

Bonk's Bar and Grille

An old-time watering hole transformed by new ownership, Bonk’s Bar & Grille retains its classic look but offers updated flavors. Along with a solid list of beers, the spoils include kielbasa and kraut sandwiches, crabs and fried pickles.

Bonk's Bar and Grille

Where:Bonk's Bar & Grille, 3467 Richmond Street

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Lucky’s Last Chance - Queen Village

Queen Village welcomes its own installment of Manayunk bar Lucky’s Last Chance. Like the original, the new location serves a menu of quirky sandwiches — PB & Bacon burger and the Voodoo dog (topped with shredded Cajun chicken, cheese, onions strings and secret sauce) — plus an expansive lineup of craft beer.

Lucky’s Last Chance - Queen Village

Where:Lucky's Last Chance Queen Village, 848 S. 2nd Street

www.luckyslastchance.com

Burg’s Hideaway Lounge

Simplicity rules at Burg’s Hideaway Lounge. The retro-inspired Point Breeze bar serves a few choice items, including a cheeseburger, French onion soup, charcuterie and orange sherbet.

Burg’s Hideaway Lounge

Where:Burg's Lounge, 1200 S. 21st Street

Cinder

Cinder’s bar emphasizes sour beers and ciders — 32 taps in all. On the edible side, charcuterie, mussels and pizzas complement the bubbly beverages.

Cinder

Where:Cinder, 1500 Locust Street

www.cinderphilly.com

Mi Lah

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Vegans get another dining option with Mi Lah. The international dim sum restaurant serves brunch, lunch and dinner in Queen Village, with menu items such as barbecue seitan buns, edamame dumplings with sunchoke puree and corn masa cakes with refried black beans.

Mi Lah

Where:Mi Lah Vegetarian, 615 S. 3rd Street

www.milahvegetarian.com

Harp and Crown

The latest addition to Michael Schulson’s portfolio, Center City’s Harp & Crown offers a world of surprises, including a hidden bar and bowling alley downstairs. The regional American menu emphasizes shared plates such as mushroom farro salad with soft egg; lamb meatballs over date puree; and heritage pork shank over pickled pear and smoked chestnut.

Harp and Crown

Where:Harp & Crown, 1525 Sansom Street

www.harpcrown.com

Banh Mi and Bottles

Vietnamese street food and booze — an idea that's time has come. At the Banh Mi and Bottles, vermicelli, steaming bowls of pho and pork belly sandwiches marry beautifully with cocktails and craft beers on tap.

Banh Mi and Bottles

Where:Banh Mi and Bottles, 712-14 South Street

www.banhmiandbottles.com

City Diner

With a fresh injection of maple syrup and a side of scrapple, City Diner reinvigorates the faltering local diner scene. The all-day hangout specializes in greasy spoon staples like disco fries, French dip sandwiches and omelets any time.

City Diner

Where:City Diner, 521 S. Broad Street

www.citydinerphilly.com

Hummosolgy

Chickpea puree takes center stage at Hummusology. The Washington Square fast casual eatery whips up six different versions of the dish, along with Middle Eastern delicacies such as shakshuka and burekas.

Hummosolgy

Where:Hummusology, 1112 Locust Street

www.hummusology.net

Slice Fishtown

The first organic pizzeria in the SLiCE family of restaurants, the Fishtown location brings a new focus on sustainability. Diners sit at communal tables to enjoy Trenton-style pies with toppings like Brussels sprouts, figs or truffled ribeye, plus four styles of wings.

Slice Fishtown

Where:Slice Pizza, 431 E. Girard Avenue

www.slicepa.com

Chix & Bowls

Korean fried chicken and rice bowls inform the concept of Chix & Bowls. The Rittenhouse Square fast-food spot borrows Asian flavors, stir-fry preparations and tasty parsalads to keep the offerings healthy.

Chix & Bowls

Where:Chix And Bowls, 28 South 20th Street

www.chixnbowls.com

Schmear It

A bagel-centric food truck becomes a walk-in store. The purview of Schmear It covers egg sandwiches, yogurt parfaits and, of course, bagels and creative spreads galore.

Schmear It

Where:Schmear It, 3601 Market Street Suite 5

www.schmearit.com

The Mill’s Cafe

The owners of Revolution Taco present The Mill’s Café in East Falls, a tasting room of sorts for the dishes they serve in their many food trucks. The menu lists salads, sandwiches, a killer bacon cheeseburger and salted fudge brownies.

The Mill’s Cafe

Where:The Mills Cafe, 3502 Scotts Lane, East Falls

www.shermanmills.com

Village Taverna

No-frills Greek cooking shines at Village Taverna. The Queen Village hideaway offers classics like shrimp Santorini, moussaka and kebobs.

Village Taverna

Where:Village Taverna, 769 East Passyunk Avenue

www.villagephilly.com

EAT Cafe

Philly’s first nonprofit restaurant, EAT Café encourages diners to pay what they can while creating an inviting community atmosphere. The seasonal menu changes weekly but includes appetizers, main courses, desserts and beverages, with kids’ options.

EAT Cafe

Where:Eat Café, 3820 Lancaster Avenue

www.eatcafe.org

Burger and Beer Joint and Flair Street

Inside the Revolutions bowling complex at the Fillmore, two new establishments have set up shop: Burger and Beer Joint (a rockcentric beer garden with dozens of burger variations) and Flair Street (a cocktail bar with entertaining drink slingers).

Burger and Beer Joint and Flair Street

Where:Revolutions at Penn Treaty, 1009 Canal Street

www.penntreaty.revolutionsbowl.com

Destination Dogs

Sausages of all kinds and beef hot dogs meet regional topping combinations at Destination Dogs. The creative sandwiches (like a breakfast sausage with fried potatoes, bacon, maple syrup and fried egg called the Paul Bunyan from Minnesota), international cocktails and 16 beers on tap are served in a fun-loving atmosphere with arcade games.

Destination Dogs

Where:Destination Dogs, 1111 Walnut Street

www.destinationdogs.com

Shoo Fry

Poutine gets its day in the sun at Shoofry in Rittenhouse Square. The quirky quick eats encompass fries with all manner of toppings (jerk chicken, cheesesteak, scrapple) plus sliders and shakes made from Little Baby’s Ice Cream.

Shoo Fry

Where:Shoo Fry, 132 S. 17th Street

www.shoofry.com

At The Table BYOB

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

At The Table BYOB

Where:At The Table BYOB, 11 Louella Court, Wayne

www.atthetablebyob.com

Pizzeria Vetri Square Pie - King of Prussia

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 collaboration with chef Kevin Sbraga.

Pizzeria Vetri Square Pie - King of Prussia

Where:Pizzeria Vetri Square Pie, 640 W. Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia

www.pizzeriavetri.com

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