New Restaurants blossom in Philly this Spring
Published on : Thursday, May 12, 2016
The spring season’s in full bloom, and so is the Philadelphia region’s restaurant scene, offering a spate of just-opened eateries that promise to refresh diners’ palates. Among the additions are a Dutch and Pennsylvania German mash-up brunch destination (The Dutch), a second coming for a Queen Village favorite (Southwark) and a cheesesteak-ery for every eater (Cleavers).
The following are just some of the latest and greatest reasons to start making reservations:
Bella Vista/Queen Village/Pennsport:
- Northern Europe meets Pennsylvania German cuisine at The Dutch, a collaboration between chefs Lee Styer (Fond) and Joncarl Lachman (Noord, Neuf). The Pennsport bruncherie serves ring bologna eggs Benedict with homemade rye English muffin; scallion waffles with cream chipped beef; and Dutch baby pancakes both sweet and savory. 1527 S. 4th Street, (215) 755-5600,thedutchphilly.com
- No need to head north for a delicious lobster roll. Pennsport’s Neon Lobster specializes in takeaway seafood treats such as chowder, fried calamari, fish and chips and the above-mentioned Maine-style delicacy. 2101 S. 3rd Street, (215) 800-1067
- Cheers accompanied the reopening of Queen Village favorite Southwark, now under new ownership after a brief hiatus. The menu of dinner and late-night eats keeps the spirit of the original, featuring chicken liver mousse with rhubarb gastrique, ricotta and pea ravioli and a savvy selection of craft cocktails. 701 S. 4th Street, (267) 930-8538, southwarkrestaurant.com
- Cheesesteaks get the spotlight at Cleavers, Rittenhouse Square’s ode to the Philly fave. Fillings—whether rib-eye, chicken or portobellos—can be delivered via roll, wrap or bowl, with topping options such as Sriracha aioli, blue cheese dressing, long hots and onion rings.
108 S. 18th Street, (215) 515-3828, cleaversphilly.com
- Chinatown’s Sea Bar stays true to its name with an extensive oyster selection and a straightforward approach to seafood. The menu offers a choice of clams, mussels, crawfish, lobster and more, all which can be seasoned (Cajun, garlic butter, Old Bay) and accompanied by potatoes and corn. 140 N. 10th Street, (215) 627-4355, seabarrestaurant.com
- The do-it-yourself ethic rules at growing local chain Snap Custom Pizza, which just opened its firstlocation in Center City. Patrons build up crusts with toppings such as veal meatballs, herb cream sauce, oregano oil and roasted peppers. 1504 Sansom Street, (215) 568-5000, snapcustompizza.com
- Susannah Foo built her name on Asian cooking with French foundational techniques and unexpected flourishes. At her latest venture, the elegant Suga, that translates into goat cheese wontons with heirloom beets, Mongolian lamb with sundried tomato and ginger panna cotta with coconut tapioca pudding. 1720 Sansom Street, (215) 717-8968, sugabyfoo.com
- One cuisine that was long missing in Fairmount was Vietnamese food. iPHO remedies that issue, taking up residence in a prominent corner shop with a menu of noodle soups, vermicelli, broken rice and banh mi. 1921 Fairmount Avenue, (215) 763-7777
- Jay-Z’s former accountant Robin Broughton-Smith brings the sweet life to the Art Museum area with Sweet Nectar Dessert Kitchen. The bakery’s displays brim with treats like key lime cupcakes, lemon pound cake, butterscotch pecan cookies, baked donuts and sweet potato cheesecake, along with vegan and gluten-free options. 547 N. 20th Street, (267) 318-7143, sweetnectardk.com
- A cafe with a casual yet urbane atmosphere, Fishtown Social brings an emphasis on new and Old World wines by the glass to a neighborhood more typically associated with craft beer. There’s also a small menu of cheese, charcuterie and bar snacks. 1525 Frankford Avenue, fishtownsocial.com
- A BYOB in the grand Philly tradition, Northern Liberties’ Jaxon cooks up serious cuisine with an array of influences. Small plates might include grilled chicken livers with grapefruit and scallion or house mac and cheese, while the larger dishes include southern fried pork loin with grilled plums, and fresh fettuccini with spring peas. 701 N. 3rd Street, (215) 922-2621, jaxonbyob.com
- Convivial Root welcomes customers to a new serious dining option in Fishtown. The kitchen turns out cauliflower zeppole, potato gnocchi with clams, mussels, bacon and bottarga and chocolate hazelnut creme brulee, while the bar slings four kinds of “gin-tonics” and a selective list of wines by the glass. 1206 Frankford Avenue, (215) 515-3452, rootrestaurant.com
- Set in a former whiskey factory that will soon become a small hotel, Wm. Mulherin’s Sons oozes historic charm. A pizza oven delivers concoctions like the Leslie Chow (nameko, trumpet mushroom, Taleggio), and crudo, rustic homemade pasta and grilled meats balance out the rest of the appealing menu. 1355 N. Front Street, (267) 753-9478, wmmulherinssons.com
Passyunk Avenue/South Philly:
- Pastry chef Tova du Plessis (Lacroix) devotes her oven to Jewish breads and confections at Essen Bakery. That includes challah and rye breads, babka and honey and apple cakes, plus Elixr coffees and rooibos lattes. 1437 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 271-2299,essenbakery.com
- Philly’s love for Vietnamese cuisine knows no bounds, so the aptly named Pho-ladelphia can be only more of a great thing. In addition to a large menu of noodle soups, the South Philly eatery sells banh mi, rice platters and an assortment of vermicelli dishes. 1100 Jackson Street, (215) 336-1285, pho-ladelphia.com
- Malaysian street food shines at Saté Kampar. The Passyunk bring-your-own-bottle spot (BYOB) grills up skewered meats in both classic and Hainanese styles and rounds out the menu with herbaceous salads, stir-fried noodles and braised coconut chicken. They also offer tea, canned Milo and fresh Malaysian coconuts to sip. 1837 E. Passyunk Avenue, (267) 324-3860
- Vegans score another win with the opening of Dottie’s Donuts in West Philadelphia. The startup, which has won a following at coffee shops around the city, now peddles its cruelty-free treats (mango-lemon curd, crunchy peanut butter, blueberry maple, chocolate pistachio) from a permanent storefront. 4529 Springfield Avenue
- Every neighborhood deserves a contemporary but approachable gathering place, and Stove & Tap brings this concept to Lansdale. A house version of poutine, shrimp pesto pasta and smoked chicken potpie accompany an extensive beer selection that includes drafts, bottles and cans. 329 W. Main Street, Lansdale, (215) 393-8277, stoveandtap.com
- Bryn Mawr’s Biga will bring a rustic sensibility to the Main Line when the pizza and beer joint makes its imminent debut.
- A former Four Seasons chef is readying Jansen, an upscale American eatery in Mt. Airy.
- Easygoing, everyday American food is the point at the forthcoming On Point, soon to be serving Point Breeze.
- Northeast Philly’s popular Macaroni’s expands its alfresco dining option with the expansion of P2, adding a kitchen and pizza oven to its ample outdoor setup this spring.
- Eagerly anticipated for years, Royal Izakaya closes in on an opening date in Queen Village, promising sake, first-rate sushi and Japanese pub food.
- Build-your-own French fry bar Shoofry will give Rittenhouse Square eaters new reasons to down poutine, sliders and shakes.
- Giving devoted patrons a second location—this time in South Philly—Michael Griffiths and Kevin D’Egidio plan South Helm, another BYOB with highly inventive, locally sourced fare.
- Emphasizing comfort and creativity in equal measure, Stockyard Sandwich Company will offer all-day eats in Spring Garden.
- Restaurateur Jason Evenchik builds on his empire (Vintage, Time, Heritage and others) with Tiki, a Polynesian themed cocktail bar in Midtown Village.