12 New Restaurants In Philly To Check Out Right Now

Vietnamese BYOBs, Peruvian cuisine, a new brewery and more...

Spring always arrives with a sense of novelty — warmer weather, beautiful produce and the beginnings of outdoor dining season. (Yes!)

Add to that a fresh crop of just-opened Philadelphia restaurants to explore.

What’s on tap this spring? A Vietnamese bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot on South Street (Ngon Ngon), an intimate stunner in NoLibs (Cadence), a Peruvian restaubar in Old City (Vista Peru) and Franklin’s Table Food Hall in University City, just to name a few.

It’s an ideal time to get out and get eating.

Read on for our guide to new restaurants to check out in Philly right now.

Chez Ben and M. Brown’s

Chez Ben and M. Brown'sPhoto courtesy Chez Ben and M. Brown's

Old City’s Renaissance Downtown Hotel unveils a new all-day brasserie and aged-spirits bar. Visitors can expect a raw bar, tartes flambées and steak frites, wines by the glass at Chez Ben and smoked and cured eats at M. Brown’s.

Chez Ben and M. Brown’s

Where:Chez Ben and M. Brown's, 401 Chestnut Street

www.chezbenbistrophilly.com

Porta

The Midtown Village branch of a Jersey-based pizzeria lives up to its name with doors as décor, graffiti art and string lights for a stripped-down, loft-like feel. Ovens imported from Italy bake up Neapolitan-style pies with trendy toppings like black pepper gorgonzola crema and long hots.

Porta

Where:Pizza Porta, 1216 Chestnut Street

www.pizzaporta.com

Vista Peru

The owners of El Balconcito and El Balconcito II in Northeast Philadelphia bring an up-market, purely Peruvian version of their popular Peruvian/Portuguese fusion restaurants to Old City. A seafood-centric menu with updated versions of classic dishes pairs with a pisco bar that also serves cocktails and wine.

Vista Peru

Where:Vista Peru, 20 S. 2nd Street

www.vistaperuphilly.com

Heffe Taco

Fishtown’s quirky taqueria just opened a second location, with a bigger menu and breakfast daily.

Heffe Taco

Where:Heffe Taco, 1543 Spring Garden Street

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Cadence

Cadence RestaurantPhoto by Neal Santos

High Street on Market alums have teamed up to create an intimate BYO dining experience in Northern Liberties at Cadence Restaurant. The imaginative chefs produce dishes along the lines of squash and celery root carpaccio, a scallop dish that plays on the roast pork Italiano sandwich and a malted chocolate tart with beet jam.

Cadence

Where:Cadence Restaurant, 161 W. Girard Avenue

www.cadencerestaurant.com

Goose Island Brewhouse

At Goose Island Brewhouse, the well-known Chicago brewery has set up 28 taps in an industrial-chic space in Fishtown. The kitchen cooks up interesting pub nibbles like smoked cod dip and Stilton burgers on rye buns.

Goose Island Brewhouse

Where:Goose Island Brewhouse, 1002 Canal Street

www.gooseisland.com

Mike's BBQ

A pop-up legend, Mike's BBQ has found a permanent home in South Philadelphia. Taproom on 19th owner Mike Strauss smokes oak-wood brisket, spare ribs and pulled pork, and dishes them out with a tailored but eclectic list of sides.

Mike's BBQ

Where:Mike's BBQ, 1703 S. 11th Street

www.mikesbbqphilly.com

Ngon Ngon

Queen Village welcomes a cuisine it was sorely lacking with this Vietnamese BYOB pho specialist. In addition to the fragrant bowls of noodle soup, the menu includes banh mi, rice platters and traditional drinks in limeade and pennywort juice.

Ngon Ngon

Where:Ngon Ngon, 615 S. 3rd Street

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Redcrest Fried Chicken

Redcrest Fried ChickenPhoto courtesy Redcrest Fried Chicken

With seating for only eight (and a few more outside, in warmer weather), Adam Volk’s Passyunk fast foodery keeps the focus squarely on cooking. The chicken can be ordered every which way from popcorn nibbles to half-birds to sandwiches, in a variety of flavors from buttermilk to spicy.

Redcrest Fried Chicken

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

www.redcrestfriedchicken.com

Franklin’s Table Food Hall

In the proud tradition of University of Pennsylvania founder Benjamin Franklin, the new food hall on campus combines ingenuity with civic pride. With stellar purveyors Goldie (vegan falafel), KQ (Kensington Quarters) Burger, DK Sushi (Double Knot), Pitruco Pizza, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, High Street Provisions and The Juice Merchant all available under one roof, the only dilemma is choosing what to eat next.

Franklin’s Table Food Hall

Where:Franklin's Table Food Hall, 3400 Walnut Street

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ReAnimator Coffee

Philly’s homegrown specialty coffee roaster opens its third cafe, this time in University City (the other two are in Fishtown and Kensington). Along with the signature coffees and bulk beans, the menu offers light bites with ingredients from local purveyors.

ReAnimator Coffee

Where:ReAnimator Coffee, 4701 Pine Street

www.reanimatorcoffee.com

Tipsy Bistro

It may be new to the Left Bank building, but the concept is truly timeless — a sports bar serving rich comfort food. Inside the cozy hideaway, diners can watch the game and munch on duck confit poutine and crispy chicken grinders.

Tipsy Bistro

Where:Tipsy Bistro, 3131 Walnut Street

www.tipsybistro.com

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