Heads up, Philly: There’s a new dining and drinking destination in Chinatown.
Chinatown Square soft opened earlier this winter and officially opens to the public this Friday, March 3.
While the food hall may be in the heart of Chinatown, food and drinks from across the world — from Thailand to Mexico — can be found within the walls of this expansive space.
Chinatown Square isn’t only a dining destination, but also serves as an entertainment hub thanks to an expansive lounge and multiple karaoke rooms.
Check out our guide to this worldly dining and entertainment destination, below.
Food and Drink
Flavors from around the world fill the space at this casual food hall. There are nearly a dozen food vendors (and counting!) that serve everything from casual Japanese fare to Mexican-Korean tacos. And unlike many food halls, select vendors even serve alcohol — craft beer, impressive tea-based cocktail options, wine and more.
Upon entry, guests are greeted by floor-to-ceiling windows that peek into the shops of the two biggest-name vendors at the food hall — The Halal Guys and I CE NY.
The Halal Guys is a New York-based gyro chain that regularly has block-long lines throughout the streets of New York. The Chinatown Square location of this popular gyro spot is the first in Philly. I CE NY is also a first location for a large chain. This ice cream shop debuted in Thailand in 2011 and has since opened up everywhere from Cambodia and Laos to New York City and Philly.
Other food and drink vendors include Coreano (a Korean taco spot), Bao Bar, Philly Poké, Hi Kori (a casual Japanese eatery with an impressive cocktail program), Khmer Grill (a Cambodian barbecue restaurant) and Kurry Korner.
There is counter seating at select vendors and a cluster of tables and chairs in the back of the hall.
Lounge and Karaoke
Upstairs, the food hall transforms into a nightlife hotspot with multiple karaoke rooms and a lounge that holds more than 50 people.
Both the karaoke rooms and the lounge are sponsored by different alcohol brands and follow a specific theme — think bubble-themed walls in the Moët & Chandon Champagne room and stone walls in the Ciroc room. While certain rooms are sponsored by specific brands, drinks of all sort are available for purchase in the karaoke rooms and in the lounge.
For those who have the sudden desire to do some singing while they’re dining, food from the downstairs section is allowed in the upstairs lounge and karaoke rooms.
The downstairs food and drink vendors are currently open for business and the upstairs lounge and karaoke areas open to the public this Friday, March 3. Stay tuned for more restaurant openings (a full-service Korean restaurant, a wine bar and more) both upstairs and downstairs in the coming months.
The food hall is open daily, but specific hours vary depending on the vendor.
Bring your appetite to this exciting new food hall in Chinatown.