Sampan is a Pan-Asian restaurant in Midtown Village, and while the large, loungey, and very purple space may feel a little outdated, the food here is still good. We’re especially into the small plates, like the chicken bao bun and rabbit egg roll, which are all $5 or less during Happy Hour. And if you’re not into the vibe inside, you can get the whole Happy Hour menu out back at the Graffiti Bar, which is a lot less purple.
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Tredici Enoteca is a wine bar in Midtown Village that has a big, inexpensive wine list and solid small plates.
The Continental Mid-Town
The Continental in Midtown is basically the same as the one in Old City - with good drinks and bar food - except this one has an indoor/outdoor roof.
Vedge in Midtown Village isn’t just the best vegan place around, it’s also one of the best restaurants in the city.
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Cheu is a noodle and dumpling spot in Fishtown where you should start a night out.
Pod in West Philly looks like the inside of a spaceship and serves a mix of Chinese and Japanese dishes.
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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Double Knot is an all-day cafe with a basement izakaya that serves some of the best Japanese food in the city.
Giuseppe & Sons
Giuseppe & Sons is a two-floor Italian spot in Center City that’s part casual lunch shop and part upscale restaurant.
Middle Child is a contemporary diner/deli in Midtown Village that serves breakfast and lunch every day but Monday.
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