Morimoto is a super expensive sushi restaurant in Old City that’s looks kind of like the space station from Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century. It’s a good place to suggest when your client says, “I’m buying,” or your boss asks where she should take the team for a celebratory dinner. But if you decide to come here on your own dime, you should come for lunch, when the omakase is only $65 instead of the usual $125.
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Royal Boucherie is a small, dark French place in Old City that works for a date or Happy Hour.
Common Wealth is one of the few places in Philly where you can get actually good Southern food.
La Peg is an American pub set inside the Fringe Arts building that turns into a huge beer garden during the summer.
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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.
Hikari is a BYOB sushi spot in Northern Liberties that has solid, classic rolls and a bunch of outdoor seating in the summer.
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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.
Talula’s Garden is a good back-pocket spot in Washington Square West that serves seasonal American food and has a great patio.
Neighborhood Ramen is a small, eat-in only spot in Queen Village that usually has a line out the door (but it moves quickly).
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