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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Tredici Enoteca is a wine bar in Midtown Village that has a big, inexpensive wine list and solid small plates.
Located on the bottom floor of the newest Comcast Tower, a meal at seafood spot Vernick Fish is a perfect choice for almost any situation.
Vetri is expensive, completely over the top, and possibly the best restaurant in Philadelphia.
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You have to walk down an alley next to Sampan to get to Graffiti, an outdoor bar with TVs and cheap drinks during Happy Hour.
Morimoto is a sushi place in Old City that’s super expensive, so you should save it for a special occasion or when someone else is paying.
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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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