27 New Restaurants In Philly To Check Out Right Now

Tacos, taquitos, pisco cocktails, craft beer and more...

It’s summertime, and the eating’s breezy.

The dining scene in Philadelphia continues to sizzle with a spate of new Latin American restaurants (Ardiente, Chalaco’s Ceviche and Pisco Bar, El Merkury), quick snack options (Franklin Ice Cream Bar, LUHV Vegan Deli) and bruncheries (Comfort & Floyd, The Bercy)

Seasonal openings like an upscale drinking garden (Harper’s Garden) and BOK Bar’s latest incarnation are also on tap for Philly’s warm-weather months.

Read on for our guide to the new restaurants to check out this summer in Philly.

Brickwall Tavern

This expansive restaubar with a phalanx of rooms comes courtesy of an Asbury Park, New Jersey owner/management team. The Philly version of their gastropub has more fish and vegetarian options alongside classic burgers, tacos and fried goodies.

Brickwall Tavern

Where:Brickwall Tavern, 1213 Sansom Street

www.brickwalltavern.com

El Merkury

A Guatemalan restaurateur opened Philly's first Central American street food shop. The quick-service kitchen specializes in pupusas, taquitos and churros.

El Merkury

Where:El Merkury, 2104 Chestnut Street

www.elmerkury.com

Harper's Garden

Diners on the outdoor patio at Harper's GardenPhoto by Z. Fratella for Harper's Garden

The garden trend continues, here with more sophisticated alternatives for outdoor drinkers. Set near Rittenhouse Square, Harper's Garden stays open from lunch (and brunch on weekends) through late-night hours and serves upscale eats like white tuna crudo, ricotta toast and a nice selection of wine, cocktails and, yes, beer.

Harper's Garden

Where:Harper's Garden, 31 S. 18th Street

www.harpersgardenphilly.com

Hummus Republic

A popular Los Angeles Mediterranean eatery touches down near Rittenhouse Square. The fast-service counter slings pita sandwiches, falafel bowls, salads and vegan burgers.

Hummus Republic

Where:Hummus Republic, 115 S. 18th Street

www.thehummusrepublic.com

LUHV Vegan Deli

The Reading Terminal Market's newest tenant puts an oxymoron to work, with delicious results. “Tuna” salad, chili, burgers and sandwiches made with no animal byproducts make for conflict-free lunching.

LUHV Vegan Deli

Where:LUHV Vegan Deli, 51 N. 12th Street

www.deli.luhvfood.com

Heffe Taco

Chef Peter McAndrews has opened the second of his quirky taco stands. Like the Fishtown location, the Spring Garden kitchen stuffs tortillas with unconventional fillings such as fried octopus with tomato jam, queso fresco and chimichurri.

Heffe Taco

Where:Heffe Taco, 1543 Spring Garden Street

www.heffetacos.com

Love City Brewing Co.

Beer and food plate at Love City Brewing Co.Photo by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

Philly's newest brewery invites beer sippers to sample its lagers and IPAs. The Callowhill tasting room offers light fare and hosts visiting food trucks to round out the offerings.

Love City Brewing Co.

Where:Love City Brewing Co., 1023 Hamilton Street

www.lovecitybrewing.com

Ardiente

Latin-Asian flavors rule at this sleek Old City spot. Traditional ceviche, bibimbap and crispy Cornish hen with lemongrass are just a few of the dishes that can be accompanied by any of the vast array of South American wines or signature cocktails.

Ardiente

Where:Ardiente, 33 S. 2nd Street

www.ardientephilly.com

Franklin Ice Cream Bar

Ice cream in bowls from Franklin Ice Cream BarPhoto courtesy Franklin Ice Cream Bar

From the same retro-minded team that created Franklin Fountain and revived Shane Confectionery, this latest outlet looks back in time for sweet memories. The 1930s- and Art Deco-inspired shop sells homemade ice cream by the scoop, bar and sandwich.

Franklin Ice Cream Bar

Where:Franklin Ice Cream Bar, 112 Market Street

www.franklinicecream.com

Chalaco's Ceviche and Pisco Bar

Peruvian cookery, inspired by the port city of Callao, finally gets its due in Philly with tiradito, lomo saltado and lucuma ice cream. On the beverage side, the bar maintains a full menu of piscos and pisco cocktails.

Chalaco's Ceviche and Pisco Bar

Where:Chalaco's Ceviche and Pisco Bar, 1030 N. 2nd Street

www.chalacos.com

Green Eggs Cafe

The sustainably minded bruncherie opens its fourth local outpost. The Fishtown location shares space with Medusa Trattoria, but serves the same menu of hearty pancakes and egg skillets as its siblings.

Green Eggs Cafe

Where:Green Eggs Café, 2500 E. York Street

www.greeneggscafe.com

Burrata

Modern Italian fare entices at this corner bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot. Homemade potato gnocchi gets updated with mushrooms, pecorino and walnuts while the titular cheese appears on the bucatini with arugula pesto and asparagus.

Burrata

Where:Burrata, 1247 S. 13th Street

www.burrataphilly.com

Comfort & Floyd

Shoofly Pie at Comfort & FloydPhoto courtesy Comfort & Floyd

In the grand tradition of South Philly brunch providers, this sunny but small corner spot attracts a crowd. The changing menu might include tuna melts, coconut French toast or cold fried chicken.

Comfort & Floyd

Where:Comfort & Floyd, 1301 S. 11th Street, Philadelphia

www.facebook.com/comfortandfloyd

Hale & True Cider Co.

Interior of Hale & True Cider Co.Photo by Coleman Yunger for Hale & True Cider Co.

The Bella Vista taproom offers its own ciders alongside beer, wine and cocktails. Food, furnished by the nearby Good King Tavern, stays simple and light with a ham on baguette sandwich, lentil salad, pickled veggies and spiced nuts.

Hale & True Cider Co.

Where:Hale & True Cider Co., 613 S. 7th Street

www.haleandtrue.com

Tasties

Food at TastiesPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Chef-owner Barbara Devan's popular takeout-ery gets fancy with a West Philly dining room. The stylish soul food spread includes wings, candied yams, seafood pastas and a not-to-be-missed 7Up cake.

Tasties

Where:Tasties, 1212 N. 52nd Street

www.tastiesoulfood.com

Yiro-Yiro

Roxborough's mod Greek sandwich shop expands to University City. Gyros, salads, dips and skewers make for a fresh, healthy lunch and dinner option.

Yiro-Yiro

Where:Yiro-Yiro, 6024 Ridge Avenue

www.yiro-yiro.com

Talk

TALK interiorDallyn Pavey/Dish Public Relations

This new outing in Rittenhouse from Andrew Kochan and Tim Lanza of Marigold Kitchen offers an a la carte menu of contemporary cuisine with cultural twists. Eclectic small and large plates — made with locally sourced ingredients — include panzanella with strawberries, basil jam, sourdough and burrata; black pepper pasta with parmesan broth, morel mushrooms, fig and prosciutto; and a lemon semifreddo with berries, meringue and mint for dessert.

Talk

Where:Talk, 2121 Walnut Street

www.talkphl.com

Frankie Ann's Bar and Grill

Fairmount's staple Rembrandt's transforms into a neighborhood pub serving farm-to-table American food.

Frankie Ann's Bar and Grill

Where:Frankie Ann's Bar & Grill, 741 N. 23rd Street

www.frankieannsbarandgrill.com

Kurant Cider

A local microbatch fermentaria serves their own ciders plus local craft beer, Pennsylvania wine, cocktails at a new tasting room in Fishtown.

Kurant Cider

Where:Kurant Cider, 436 E. Girard Avenue

www.kurantcider.com

L'Anima

The owners of Melograno and Fraschetta go for a third with their Italian BYOB in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood.

L'Anima

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

Loco Lucho

A Puerto Rican catering company is Reading Terminal's newest lunch purveyor, offering island-inspired street food.

Loco Lucho

Where:Loco Lucho, 51 N. 12th Street

www.locolucho.com

Sandler's on 9th

Food on table from Sandler's on 9thPhoto courtesy Sandler's on 9th

A comfort food concept with an accompanying to-go window serves locally sourced, sustainable food in Washington Square.

Sandler's on 9th

Where:Sandler's on 9th, 834 Chestnut Street

sandlersrestaurants.com

The Bercy

A brasserie serving brunch, lunch and dinner brings Euro glamour to Ardmore. The French fare includes a raw bar and classics like beef bourguignon, pissaladière and pot de crème.

The Bercy

Where:The Bercy, 7 Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore

www.thebercy.com

Imbibe Food & Drink

The savvy team behind Restaurant Alba and Biga Pizza + Beer goes for three with their Conshohocken eatery. Intriguing nibbles such as grilled avocado with fennel and bottarga and Alaskan halibut over fresh corn polenta find their match with cucumber limeade and strawberry spritz cocktails.

Imbibe Food & Drink

Where:Imbibe Food & Drink, 101 Ford Street, Conshohocken

www.imbibefoodanddrink.com

Main & Vine

Drawing inspiration from Northern California, this handsome restaurant takes its wine, beer and cocktails seriously. Food ranges from a raw bar to vegetable-forward mains and Napa-style pizza.

Main & Vine

Where:Main & Vine Bistro, 789 East Lancaster Avenue, Villanova

www.mainandvinebistro.com

Rice & Curry

A small new family-owned restaurant expands the local dining options in Ambler. The pan-Asian eating experience includes traditional Thai dishes, sushi, poké and even Szechuan spices.

Rice & Curry

Where:Rice & Curry, 521 Limekiln Pike, Ambler

www.ricecurry.business.site

Ripplewood Whiskey & Craft

With whiskey as the touchstone, this Ardmore pub encourages diners to get comfortable and stay awhile. The comfort-food menu showcases plenty of creativity with pretzel Parker House rolls, interesting salads and mains like seared scallops over oxtail marmalade with kumquats.

Ripplewood Whiskey & Craft

Where:Ripplewood Whiskey & Craft, 29 E. Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore

www.ripplewoodbar.com

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