6 Restaurants in Philadelphia to Try Now

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.

Alpen Rose

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.

Cry Baby Pasta

Johnny Mañana’s
312 N. 12th St., 267.764.1408

This upbeat Loft District spot draws on Mexican and Southwestern styles with a twist. Patrons might come here for the $5 margaritas, but they stay for the flavorful cuisine and festive atmosphere. Artwork inspired by Day of the Dead imagery adorn the walls, and the menu matches the aesthetic with options like tilapia tacos, vaca frita fajitas and chorizo fondito. Try the Johnny’s Favorite enchiladas,
 a house specialty that comes with fajita chicken, tequila sauce and queso mixto, alongside rice and beans.

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. 

Makhani

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.

Stir

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.

Tradesman’s

Amy Gordon
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