Cozara is a huge izakaya near Penn and Drexel, and they’re open for both lunch and dinner during the week. They have a pretty extensive menu that covers everything from yakitori skewers and ramen bowls to sushi rolls, and it’s all pretty good. They also have a great Happy Hour from 4 to 7pm on weeknights, where you can get $3 hand rolls, $4 bao buns, $5 on most other rolls, and drink specials starting at $3.
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Gojjo Ethiopian Bar & Restaurant
Gojjo in West Philly is an Ethiopian spot that has things like wings and burgers, along with more traditional Ethiopian food.
Vietnam Cafe is a huge restaurant in West Philly that has some great Vietnamese food and lots of Polynesian cocktails.
Dim Sum House
Dim Sum House in University City serves food until 1am every night, which is about as late as you can get a sit-down meal in Philly.
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Pod in West Philly looks like the inside of a spaceship and serves a mix of Chinese and Japanese dishes.
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.
Double Knot is an all-day cafe with a basement izakaya that serves some of the best Japanese food in the city.
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Royal Sushi & Izakaya
Royal Sushi & Izakaya in Queen Village does the best sushi omakase in the city and has a fun bar up front.
Neighborhood Ramen is a small, eat-in only spot in Queen Village that usually has a line out the door (but it moves quickly).
Sunset Social is essentially a lawn on top of a parking garage in University City with burgers and frozen drinks.
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