If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in Philly, you might go a little bit crazy. So just read this list instead. These are the new restaurant openings that seem like they have the most potential - although keep in mind, for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises. Go forth and be a pioneer.
We’ll be regularly updating this post. Once we’ve checked out a spot, we’ll add a note if it makes it onto our Hit List.
This is a completely vegetarian and kosher BYOB Chinese spot near the Art Museum, and it’s from the people behind the similarly vegetarian Su Xing House in Center City.
Aurora Grace is primarily a chocolate shop and cafe in Queen Village that makes painted chocolates, macarons, and other sweets. They also serve Rival Bros. coffee and a house hot chocolate.
Poe’s is a to-go window right on Frankford Ave. that was opened by self-appointed marijuana enthusiast/comedian, N.A. Poe. This place serves overloaded sandwiches, cheesesteaks, and fries until 3am on the weekend, which is exactly when eating all of these things sounds like a good idea.
Chatayee Thai is a huge, two-story Thai restaurant in Midtown Village that focuses on Bangkok-style street food. You’ll see more traditional dishes here, from beef and chicken skewers to bigger things like braised short ribs.
New York City’s Mamoun’s Falafel now has its first location in Philadelphia, occupying about 1,400 square feet on the corner of 3rd & Market in Old City. They serve things like hummus, pita sandwiches, baba ganoush, and tabbouleh.
This is a huge, two-story Italian place from the same people as Sampan, Double Knot, and El Vez. The first floor is an all-day cafe serving sandwiches and pastries from Termini Bros., while the basement is a dark, upscale bar and restaurant that does classics like meatballs & gravy and chicken parmigiana.
The Bourse building in Old City right across from the Liberty Bell has officially reopened, with more than 30 vendors. Most notably, there’s a Rebel Taco, a Freebyrd Chicken, and a location of DC Korean BBQ Takorean.
Chubby Cattle’s first Philly location opened in Chinatown, and here you order via iPad and build your own Mongolian hot pot off of a conveyor belt that runs by the tables.
A casual taco spot from the chef behind Blue Duck is now open in North Philly. It’s BYOT (bring your own tequila) for now, but they’ll supply the rest of the ingredients for your margaritas.
Mainstay Independent is the first spot to open inside Craft Hall, the old Yards Brewing building, in Northern Liberties. It’s mostly a taproom/brewery, but also has a small menu of bar food, including crab dip and a Lost Bread pretzel with beer mustard.