Celebrate 2018 With New Treasures in Philadelphia

The new year brings fresh offerings in restaurants, wellness and attractions.

The City of Brotherly Love may be home to some of the oldest historic sites in the country, but it offers plenty of modern diversions, too. As 2018 gets underway, here are a few exciting new developments.

The Love
The Love (©Corry Arnold)

New Restaurants

The Love: Aimee Olexy and James Beard Restaurateur of the Year Stephen Starr’s new spot is a cozy eatery featuring inventive yet approachable dishes ranging from a hearty short rib stroganoff with cola glaze to the irresistible Cracker Jax Sundae with butter popcorn ice cream and peanut popcorn toffee. Drinks complementing the menu include regional wines, a specialty cider list, a vermouth collection and exclusive varieties from Dad’s Hat Rye and Victory Brewing Company. 130 S. 18th St., 215.433.1555

Royal Boucherie: “Top Chef” winner Nicholas Elmi helms this Old City newbie, blending historic charm with modern sophistication. Patrons dine on French-inspired American fare like chicken fried rabbit and champagne-braised escargot, an extensive raw bar and house-made charcuterie. 52 S. 2nd St., 267.606.6313

Damari Savile co-owners Jay Amin (left) and Malcolm Jenkins
Damari Savile co-owners Jay Amin (left) and Malcolm Jenkins (Courtesy Damari Savile)

The Best New Shops

Damari Savile: Don’t be surprised 
to run into star athletes like Carson Wentz and Zach Ertz shopping at this new boutique. Founded by master garment fitter Jay Amin and Eagles playmaker Malcolm Jenkins, the haberdashery outfits fashionable men with made-to-measure and ready-to-wear suits and shirts. Items can be personalized with hundreds of options for fabrics, patterns, threading styles, buttons and other details, so each garment offers both a glove-like fit and a one-of-a-kind look. 709 Walnut St., 267.218.5760

Mom’s Organic Market: As of last fall, clean eaters and health-conscious shoppers have a new option for groceries and prepared foods. This East Coast-based family grocer focuses on high-quality organic food at affordable prices and features unique amenities like a vegetarian eatery, a backyard beekeeping section for at-home apiarists and a beer growler-filling station. Check website for in-store community events like tastings, art workshops and kids’ activities. 34 S. 11th St., 215.709.0022

SLT NYC (Courtesy SLT NYC)


SLT NYC: In August, New York City’s popular fitness studio (which stands for strengthen, lengthen and tone) opened its first out-of-market location in Philly’s Rittenhouse Square. The core-intensive, low-impact regimen offers a full-body workout that merges cardio, strength-training and Pilates. Each class lasts 50 minutes and is performed on a Megaformer that leaves clients sore for days—in the best possible way. 1625 Walnut St., 2nd floor, 267.639.4605

Torc Yoga: This Old City studio features two practice rooms, changing areas and showers, high ceilings and abundant natural light, making it an ideal spot to savor a little quiet time away from the city’s high-energy excitement. Sixty-minute Vinyasa-style classes accommodate skill levels from yoga newbies to experienced practitioners, with drop-ins costing $24. 31 S. 2nd St., 215.494.7385

Art and Culture

Penn Museum: Located in West Philadelphia, the Penn Museum’s compelling exhibition, “Bearing Witness: Four Days in West Kingston” explores the aftermath of the 2010 Tivoli Incursion, an intense standoff between Jamaican security forces and a Kingston gang leader. The installation takes a deep dive into this tragic event through thought- provoking video, photos, first-hand written accounts and audio recordings from residents who were directly impacted by the violence. The exhibition opens eyes through July 15. 3620 South St., 215.898.4000

Museum of the American Revolution: On January 13, this state-of-the-art museum unveils “Among His Troops: Washington’s War Tent in
 a Newly Discovered Watercolor.” At the center of this limited-run exhibit is a recently discovered 235-year-old, seven-foot panoramic painting by Charles L’Enfant, thought to be the only existing wartime depiction of General George Washington’s war tent. The extraordinary piece is not only a work of art, it’s also a historic relic, illustrating the visionary leader’s devotion to his Continental Army. Catch “Among His Troops” on display through February 19. 101 S. 3rd St., 215.253.6731

Penn Museum
Penn Museum (Courtesy Penn Museum)