This November signals the emergence of at least one new restaurant district, the historic Fabric Row off of the famed South Street area. Several of Philly's hottest go-to neighborhoods—East Passyunk, Midtown Village and Rittenhouse Row—serve up new adventures in dining this fall.
One-time Han Dynasty operators have opened DanDan in the Rittenhouse Square area, and things are getting hot. The menu features traditional noodle items, along with inventive concept dishes such as its fiery rib eye brew pot and soybean crisp soft shell shrimps. 126 S 16th St., 215.800.1165
Chef Michael Schulson has become a veteran of Asian-American cuisine. In Midtown Village, Schulson’s new Japanese-themed café and restaurant, Double Knot, is by day a high-end coffee shop with baked Parisian Vietnamese-style pastries, and by night turns into a swanky, dimly lit cocktail bar. Schulson calls the second floor a “Japanese speakeasy” for food—a series of hidden corridors where fresh sushi, sashimi, and Robatayaki (traditional Japanese barbecue prepared in front of diners) are as clandestine as they are delicious. 120 S 13th St., 215.600.0714
Chef Scott Schroeder rules over Philly’s indie-food scene as the executive chef of American Sardine Bar and South Philadelphia Tap Room. His latest effort, Hungry Pigeon, opens in Queens Village’s Fabric Row off South Street. Here he offers flaky and savory comfort food like roasted quail on a bed of potatoes, and chopped liver on toasted sourdough bread with eggs and house-brined pickles. 743 S 4th St., 215.278.2736, www.hungrypigeon.com
At Stargazy, Chef Sam Jacobson has centered on traditional British pies as the house staple, and though he does bake sweet pies daily, Stargazy focuses on savory pies with parsley sauce and mashed potatoes. If you’re any kind of Anglophile, go for the hearty steak and kidney pie or Sussex Churdle, a dense pie with lamb’s liver and bacon. Stargazy sells out of everything, so come early and hang out and watch soccer games from the English Premier League. 1838 East Passyunk Ave., 215.309.2761