A lot of sushi restaurants are either super expensive or they have bright fluorescent lights and sticky laminated menus that curl up at the corners. Fortunately, 1225 Raw is in neither of these camps. It feels kind of like an upscale lounge (with a back patio that has lots of large tables), but is reasonably priced and still condones your one friend’s sake bomb habit. Win-win.
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Oyster House has been around forever, and it still has one of the best oyster Happy Hours in the city.
Barbuzzo Mediterranean Kitchen & Bar
Barbuzzo is a great place to escape Center City for a low-key date, or any other time you want some charcuterie and pasta.
The Center City location of Davio’s is the original one, and it’s a mix between a fancy Italian restaurant and a kitschy steakhouse.
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Serpico on South Street is a good date spot with a nice bar and really pretty shared plates.
Da-Wa: Joseph’s Sushi and Ramen
Da-Wa is a small, casual sushi spot with a solid omakase offering under the El on Front Street.
Cheu is a noodle and dumpling spot in Fishtown where you should start a night out.
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Double Knot is an all-day cafe with a basement izakaya that serves some of the best Japanese food in the city.
Royal Sushi & Izakaya
Royal Sushi & Izakaya in Queen Village does the best sushi omakase in the city and has a fun bar up front.
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