5 Top Must Try Philadelphia Restaurants

Memorable meals, from some of the city’s best pastas to modern Northern Indian and more

From pulled pork to pasta pomodoro, naan to New York strip steak, new restaurants across Philadelphia are taking the city’s gastronomy scene by storm. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites, along with recommendations on can’t-miss dishes. So work up an appetite, snag a table and get ready for a memorable meal.

Alpen Rose

116 S. 13th St., 215.600.0709

At celebrated chef Michael Schulson’s newest Midtown Village spot, the décor is a throwback to bygone days, with old photos and books, decorative sconces and shimmering chandeliers. Meat is the main attraction here; thick-cut, dry-aged steaks are cooked on a wood-burning grill. But options range from prime rib to roasted chicken, all complemented by hearty sides like bone marrow toast, creamed spinach and beer-battered onion rings. Feeling extra hungry? Channel your inner Fred Flintstone with a 45-ounce tomahawk steak.

Options at Alpen Rose range from prime rib to roasted chicken, all complemented by hearty sides like bone marrow toast, creamed spinach and beer-battered onion rings | WhereTraveler

Cry Baby Pasta

627 S. 3rd St., 267.534.3076

This casual Queen Village eatery by the husband-and-wife team behind Bridget Foy’s serves from-scratch staples like rigatoni alla vodka and chicken Francaise. But for flavors you won’t find anywhere else in the area, order the Bainbridge greens. This shareable dish, a take on central New York’s classic Utica greens, incorporates prosciutto, cherry peppers and bread crumbs. To dine like the Italians do, begin your meal with an aperitivo before moving on to the vino.

For flavors you won’t find anywhere else in the area, order the Bainbridge greens at Cry Baby Pasta | WhereTraveler

Makhani

7 N. 3rd St., 267.534.5097

At this cozy Old City BYOB, the menu is as vibrant as the colorful peacock mural on the wall. Northern Indian dishes like goat curry and lamb kebabs are cooked in a specially designed tandoori oven, resulting in layered flavors that elevate an ordinary meal into a memorable dining experience. If you’re looking for a blend of savory and sweet, order the mango chicken, the restaurant’s signature dish. 

 At this cozy Old City BYOB, the menu is as vibrant as the colorful peacock mural on the wall | WhereTraveler

Stir

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215.763.8100

In October of 2018, the Philadelphia Museum of Art unveiled this stunning spot, bringing gastronomic appeal to the iconic cultural attraction. Designed by the legendary Frank Gehry, the warm and inviting space is in itself a work of art, with an eye-catching wooden sculptural centerpiece hanging from the ceiling, Douglas fir walls, red oak floors and an open kitchen. With an ever-changing selection of dishes highlighting locally sourced ingredients, the fine-dining venue emphasizes seasonality and terroir. You can’t go wrong with the sumptuous herb-roasted salmon, served with shaved Brussels sprouts, Jonathan apples, celeriac, smoked sunchokes and buttermilk dressing.

 In October of 2018, the Philadelphia Museum of Art unveiled this stunning spot, bringing gastronomic appeal to the iconic cultural attraction | WhereTraveler

Tradesman’s

1322 Chestnut St., 267.457.3994

The newest endeavor from Craft Concepts Group (BRU Craft & Wurst, U-Bahn) opened its doors in August of 2018, bringing down-home barbecue to Midtown Village. The restaurant gets its name from its location in the historic Tradesman’s Trust building, which dates back to 1906. While the bi-level space features
 a modern, open layout, it maintains its historic charm with original features like theater-style relief ceilings and terrazzo tile floors. The kitchen churns out slow-cooked, house-smoked meats like chicken, ribs, brisket and pulled pork, along with collard greens, cornbread and other classic sides. Can’t choose? Order a sampler platter for the whole table to share.

Can't Choose from Tradesman’s menu? Order a sampler platter for the whole table to share | WhereTraveler