It may not always be sunny in Philadelphia, but when it is, opportunities to enjoy a great alfresco meal abound. In fact, no matter which neighborhood you find yourself in, chances are there are any number of options for finding a great outdoor table from which to watch the world go by. Here are some of the best.
Revolution House (200 Market St., Phila., 215.625.4566), located in a building from 1798 that used to be a Quaker Friends Meetinghouse, boasts excellent comfort food, stellar drinks and beers, and unparalleled rooftop dining. Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd., Phila., 215.279.7134), on the other hand, is more of a beer garden atmosphere, though the food is enough to keep you there late into the night, too.
Rittenhouse Square is one of the great public spaces in the entire city, and no restaurant has a better vantage point from which to appreciate it than Parc (227 S. 18th St., Phila., 215.545.2262). Try to snag a table out front, then order a glass of wine or a cocktail, a classically French dish, and seriously consider never leaving. Not far away is Vernick Food & Drink (2031 Walnut St., Phila., 267.639.6644), a prime location for creative Euro-influenced American food and serious cocktails. When the weather is nice, the windows upstairs open, providing the best of both worlds: Alfresco dining indoors.
For all the focus on regional Italian food lately, Little Nonna’s (1234 Locust St., Phila., 215.546.2100) mines the Italian-American culinary tradition for its inspiration. Sit out back, order up some stunning meatballs, and enjoy. Sampan’s Graffiti Bar (124 S. 13th St., Phila., 215.732.3501), on the other hand, is the spot not just for excellent drinks, but remarkable riffs on Asian street food, too: Perfect in the summertime.