30+ Coming-Soon & Brand-New Restaurants To Seek Out In Philly This Fall

Indonesian home cooking, Peruvian eats, new brewpubs and more take over Philly's food scene this season...

Autumn has arrived, and with it, the perfect weather for dining out in Philadelphia — not to mention a whole new list of restaurants to try in the region.

Openings to look forward to this season include new outposts for Philly top chefs with Nick Elmi’s Royal Boucherie, Townsend Wentz’s Oloroso and Tim Lanza’s TALK — just to name a few.

Recent openings include vegan cheesesteaks in Rittenhouse (Wiz Kid), Korean food in Chinatown (Dae Bak), a satellite of Washington Square West’s Cheu Noodle Bar (Cheu Fishtown), Indonesian home cooking in South Philly (D’Jakarta Café) and a French bistro in Brewerytown (Chez Novak’s).

There’s no shortage of great new flavors in town, and this list is just a starting place.

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

Royal Boucherie

Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Top Chef-winner Nick Elmi (Laurel, ITV) strikes again, this time in Old City with a food-driven pub featuring charcuterie and a raw bar.

Royal Boucherie

Where:Royal Boucherie, 52 S. 2nd Street

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Oloroso

Photo courtesy Townsend

Celebrated Philly chef Townsend Wentz (Townsend, A Mano) tackles Spanish food at his upcoming restaurant in Center City East.

Oloroso

Where:Oloroso, 1129 Walnut Street

TALK

October's the projected date for the Marigold Kitchen team's new, near-Rittenhouse venture — a bar and restaurant with creative American cooking from chef Tim Lanza and partners.

TALK

Where:TALK, 2121 Walnut Street

Suraya

Photo courtesy Suraya

Greg Root and Nick Kennedy of Root and Nathalie Richan of Café La Maude are teaming up on a multipurpose eatery with a garden, coffee bar, market and dining room emphasizing eastern-Mediterranean flavors that will shake up the scene in Fishtown.

Suraya

Where:Suraya, 1528 Frankford Avenue

www.surayaphilly.com

The Love

The newest joint venture of Stephen Starr and Aimee Olexy (Talula’s Garden), The Love — named after what Olexy considers to be the most important culinary ingredient — is a 100-seat restaurant headed to Center City celebrating seasonal and local American cuisine. Slated to open this fall, the restaurant is expected to offer lunch, dinner and weekend brunch hours.

The Love

Where:The Love, 130 S. 18th Street

Ugly Duckling

The fellas behind the Blue Duck plan to debut yet another project, an American twist to the hipster noodle bar for Washington Square West.

Ugly Duckling

Where:Ugly Duckling, 212 S. 11th Street

L'Anima

Graduate Hospital gets an intimate Italian BYOB from the owners of Melograno and Fraschetta.

L'Anima

Where:L'Anima, 1001 S. 17th Street

Redcrest Fried Chicken

A Brooklyn restaurateur makes the Philly switch with a kitchen serving fried chicken lunch through late night.

Redcrest Fried Chicken

Where:Redcrest Fried Chicken, 1525 S. 11th Street

Tuna Bar

By late September, Old City will have a new Japanese raw bar and grill from a fourth-generation restaurant owner.

Tuna Bar

Where:Tuna Bar, 205 Race Street

www.tunabar.com

Danlu

The owners of Berwyn's Nectar are bringing a new Asian outpost to West Philly called Danlu. The bar and restaurant will feature a Pan-Asian menu similar to Nectar, interspersed with dishes inspired by chef Patrick Feury's time spent exploring Taiwanese night markets.

Danlu

Where:Danlu, 3601 Market Street

The Bercy

Named after a neighborhood in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, The Bercy will serve up steak frites, duck a l'orange, tarte flambée and other popular French eats in an old former bank in downtown Ardmore. Working toward a November opening, the 240-seat brasserie will feature high ceilings, 20-foot-tall windows and a large, horseshoe bar at its center.

The Bercy

Where:The Bercy, 7 Lancaster Ave, Ardmore

Vista Peru

Pisco-spiked drinks and Peruvian-style eats are at the center of Vista Peru, taking over the old Serrano and Tin Angel space in Old City. The restaurant is slated to open sometime in the fall.

Vista Peru

Where:Vista Peru, 20 S. 2nd Street

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Mad Rex

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Located next to The Fillmore in Fishtown, Mad Rex promises a post-apocalyptic theatrical dining experience come September, complete with an elevated truck shooting flames and smoke adjacent to the restaurant and a plane that’ll look as though it crashed into the roof. The staff keeps the fun going inside, dressed in uniforms accented with doomsday-esque details and serving up one-of-a-kind items, like a cocktail delivered in an IV bag, alongside a meat-heavy menu including grill-your-own options.

Mad Rex

Where:Mad Rex, 1000 Frankford Avenue

www.themadrex.com

Gin & Pop

Francisville's soon-to-be open eatery promises trendy eats and drinks with a neighborhood vibe.

Gin & Pop

Where:Gin & Pop, 1839 Poplar Street

www.ginandpop.com

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Cheu Fishtown

People eating at Cheu Fishtown in PhiladelphiaPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The much bigger sibling to Center City's noodle bar keeps the fun-loving vibe of the original with colorful murals and mosaics. The menu, too, is full of similarly playful takes on pan-Asian dishes like brisket ramen with matzo balls, and Eastern-inspired cocktails.

Cheu Fishtown

Where:Cheu Fishtown, 1416 Frankford Avenue

www.cheufishtown.com

Pistola's Del Sur

The southernmost edge of the East Passyunk food corridor now has the latest version of this fun, locally based Mexican bar — and Mexican pizza.

Pistola's Del Sur

Where:Pistola's Del Sur, 1934 E. Passyunk Avenue

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Walnut Street Cafe

Photo courtesy Walnut Street Cafe

The team from New York City’s acclaimed Rebelle recently opened this casual, 3,000-square-foot bistro, serving refined breakfast-through-dinner fare. Located in the foot of the shining new FMC Building, Walnut Street is convenient both for guests of the sleek, onsite AKA University City and nearby 30th Street Station.

Walnut Street Cafe

Where:2929 Walnut Street

www.walnutstreetcafe.com

Dae Bak

This second-floor eatery in the Chinatown Square food hall serves traditional Korean dishes: seafood pancake, bibimbop and army stew. The spare dining room keeps it simple, and a small drink selection (soju, Korean beer) offsets the chili paste burn.

Dae Bak

Where:Dae Bak, 1016 Race Street

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Nico's

Open morning until late at night, this modern diner and lounge in Washington Square specializes in easygoing fare such as breakfast sandwiches and burgers. Beer, wine and cocktails round out the offerings.

Nico's

Where:Nico's, 707 Chestnut Street

www.nicos.com

Six Feet Under

The fun is underground at Washington Square's newest gastropub, decked out with exposed brick, fireplaces, two bars and a dance floor. In addition to live music and DJs, the venue serves a rotating craft beer list, breakfast all day, fish and chips and skillet cookies.

Six Feet Under

Where:Six Feet Under, 727 Walnut Street

www.sixfeetunderphilly.com

Wiz Kid

Food from Wiz Kid in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Wiz Kid

Vegan visionaries Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby (Vedge, V Street) can do no wrong, and their latest concept makes it easier than ever to eat meatlessly. The Rittenhouse Square storefront focuses on sandwiches (mushroom “cheesesteak,” for one), salads and sides.

Wiz Kid

Where:Wiz Kid, 124 S. 19th Street

www.wizkidfood.com

Barcelona

A welcoming tapas restaurant and wine bar arrives in East Passyunk. The expansive restaurant, outfitted in reclaimed wood accents, has an industrial feel, features a patio, offers a regularly changing menu and serves Spanish dishes both traditional (albondigas) and contemporary (red snapper crudo).

Barcelona

Where:Barcelona Wine Bar Passyunk, 1709 E. Passyunk Avenue

www.barcelonawinebar.com

Chez Novak's

Brewerytown's newest neighbor, this sunny bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot serves mostly French cuisine with international accents. That might include smoked chicken breast with goat cheese and papaya purée or jerked duck leg confit in mango sauce.

Chez Novak's

Where:Chez Novak's, 2829 W. Girard Avenue

www.novaksbrewerytown.com

Fishtown Brewpub

Photo courtesy Fishtown Brewpub

Another win for craft beer lovers — Fishown Brewpub serves its own potable creations in an 80-seat dining area. On the food side, the menu is creative but comforting, with beef cheek pierogi, fish sticks with kimchi ketchup and malted panna cotta on offer.

Fishtown Brewpub

Where:Fishtown Brewpub, 1101 Frankford Avenue

www.fishtownbrewpub.com

Bar Amis

The Navy Yard's former Lo Spiedo is now the younger sibling of Amis Trattoria, with a similarly bar-centric tack. Count on shareable Italian “hoagie” toast, bucatini with spicy almond pesto and pork chop parmesan, an extensive beer list, plus wines by the glass.

Bar Amis

Where:Bar Amis, 4503 S. Broad Street

www.amistrattoria.com

D'Jakarta Café

Sating South Philly's cravings for Indonesian fare, this BYO accepts cash only. The authentic, homestyle cooking includes beef soup and egg noodle dishes.

D'Jakarta Café

Where:D'Jakarta Cafe, 1540 W. Ritner Street

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Humpty's Dumplings

Anything but typical, the dumplings at this second location of a Glenside quick-service favorite —now open in Queen Village — include fillings such as cheesesteak or shrimp and grits. Diners can also indulge in noodles with irreverent toppings and seasonal salads.

Humpty's Dumplings

Where:Humpty's Dumplings, 705 E. Passyunk Avenue

www.humptysdumplings.com

Neshaminy Creek Brewing's The Borough Brewhouse

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company's newly opened The Borough Brewhouse in Jenkintown serves a menu of elevated pub fare to pair alongside 30 different drafts, including more than a number of options made onsite. Multiple flat-bread, empanada and wing variations are available, along with one-off items like cast iron baked mac and cheese and pork belly bao buns.

Neshaminy Creek Brewing's The Borough Brewhouse

Where:The Borough Brewhouse, 208 York Road, Jenkintown

www.boroughbrewhouse.com

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