If you strike out after trying to get a spot at the bar at Zahav and find yourself in the random and vaguely unpopulated area between Old City and Society Hill, there aren’t many great places within walking distance that you can just pop into. Fortunately, there’s The Olde Bar. It’s almost directly across the street from Zahav and you can get some oysters and a pretty great burger without much of a wait. Is it what you expected from your night? No, but it’s a lot better than sitting on the curb and ordering $200 in scarves from Amazon while you watch the minutes tick by.
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Bloomsday is an all-day cafe that turns into a wine bar at night and has an attached bottle shop with a great wine selection.
The Moshulu is an old ship with a dining room inside and a deck on top where you should spend a few days during the summer.
Head to Marrakesh is a cash-only Moroccan spot in Society Hill with belly dancers and tables you recline at.
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City Tap House
City Tap House in University City is a bar and pizza place that’s great for groups and popular with students.
Comfort and Floyd
Comfort & Floyd is a breakfast spot in Pennsport that feels almost like an elementary school classroom.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
When you want to eat a steak inside of a bank vault, go to Del Frisco’s.
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Vernick Food & Drink
Vernick is one of the best restaurants in Philly, with a formal dining room upstairs and a more casual bar below.
Kanella Grill is a Greek BYOB in Washington Square West that’s a great spot for a weeknight dinner.
Fork is a big, seasonal American spot in Old City where you should go for a celebratory group dinner.
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