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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Han Dynasty in University City serves two main purposes - a place to eat some of the best Sichuan food around, and a full-on sports bar.
The Terakawa in University City is an offshoot of the original one in Chinatown, and it has some of the better ramen in the area.
City Tap House
City Tap House in University City is a bar and pizza place that’s great for groups and popular with students.
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Pod in West Philly looks like the inside of a spaceship and serves a mix of Chinese and Japanese dishes.
Cheu is a noodle and dumpling spot in Fishtown where you should start a night out.
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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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