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Jonathan Cartu Stated: 25 new restaurants in Philadelphia that opened despite the …

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Seafood. Mexican. Vietnamese. Classic American. Whatever kind of food you’re craving, there’s a restaurant eager to fill your stomach in Philadelphia. That extends to new restaurants too.

That’s right, new restaurants. The pandemic couldn’t stop the entrepreneurial spirit, with chefs opening up more than two dozen different kinds of restaurants since March 2020. Here’s a look at 25 of them:

Alma Del Mar

1007 S. 9th St., Philadelphia.; 215-644-8158.

Famous for its appearance on “Queer Eye,” Alma del Mar is a new seafood restaurant in the heart of the Italian Market. It has a robust brunch and dinner menu, but standouts according to Yelp reviewers include Marco’s Crazy Mango Salad (a mix of crab, grilled mango, greens, cilantro, red onions with mango dressing) and Lobster Benedict.

Tacos at Anejo. Photo provided by Anejo Philly.

Añejo Philly

1001 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia.; 267-534-5746.

The successful New York tequila restaurant chain has made its way to Philadelphia at last. It’s known for its extensive selection of tequilas, and Yelpers raved about its Lamb Barbacoa Tacos, Pork Belly Tostada and Brussels Sprouts (which are cooked with Mexican chorizo and cherry-chipotle gastrique).

Bao Nine

38 S. 19th St., Philadelphia.; 215-982-1738.

Bao Nine takes the Taiwanese Gua Bao street food and gives it a Philadelphia twist, stuffing the soft buns with a variety of ingredients. Menu selections include the Yenta, which fills the buns with pastrami beef, spicy remoulade, cabbage slaw and mustard; the Bao Boa, which is braised short rib with house truffle wiz and cherry pepper relish; and the Garbaonzo, which stuffs the buns with falafel, tahini labneh, onion and pickled chilis.

Boricua Restaurant

1149 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia. 267-269-7934.

Look no further than Boricua for authentic Puerto Rican food in Philadelphia. The small restaurant is perhaps best known for its El Boricua Sandwich, a masterful creation of roasted pulled pork. It also offers platters, offering a mixture of Arroz con Gandules (yellow rice and beans), Ensalada Verde (a mixed green salad), Ensalada de Papa (potato salad, Pernil (roasted pulled pork) and Pollo Guisado (chicken breast with gravy).

The Breakfast Den

1500 South St., Philadelphia.; 267-758-6008.

This quaint brunch spot mixes standard American breakfast food with Vietnamese flair. Stop by to enjoy its Crispy Pork Belly (which you can get as part of its TBD Rice Bowl, alongside two fried eggs, house slaw, herbs, eggrolls, cucumbers) and Banh Mi Op La (a breakfast twist on the traditional Vietnamese sandwich). Also on the menu? French toast sticks, a fried chicken sandwich and the Maggis Breakfast Burger.

Char Kol

1525 Sansom St., Philadelphia.; 215-330-2800.

Cook up Korean BBQ outside at this new pop-up spot from the Schulson Collective, the restaurant company behind Alpen Rose, Double Knot and Giuseppe and Sons. Each group is given a table-top pit and grill filled with hardwood charcoal to help you cook your seasoned meats to perfection.

Clementine’s Stable Cafe

631 N. Broad St., Philadelphia.; 215-454-6530.

This American restaurant has already received rave reviews from Yelpers, who can’t get enough of its Hanger Steak (which comes with green beans, salsa verde and a black garlic vinaigrette) and Viking Village Scallops. The Heirloom Carrots are also not-to-be-missed.

French Toast Bites at Spruce Street Harbor Park

301 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia.

Lokal Artisan Foods’ French Toast Bites are a great snack, coming with a variety of toppings. There’s also bacon on a stick. Finish your meal with a decadent french toast shake.

New restaurants in Philadelphia

The Philly River Stroll includes the River Beer Garden, The Garden at Cherry Street Pier and the Water Garden at Spruce Street Harbor Park. Photos from FCM Hospitality.

The Garden at Cherry Street Pier

121 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia.; 215-923-0818.

Enjoy views off the pier at this summer pop-up. This reservation-only restaurant is a great place to chill with friends while enjoying soft pretzels, BBQ pork sandwiches and smoked zucchini muffaletta focaccia.

The Garden at Fitler Club

2400 Market St., Philadelphia.; 215-575-9092.

This little garden hideaway is perfect for a romantic night out. Indulge in one of its signature cocktails, like the Fitler Club (blackberry, lemon and bluecoat gin), or its boozy popsicles. While you’re sipping, choose from a variety of decadent dishes including the Chicken Shawarma Pita Sandwich, Duck Leg Confit and Basil Challah French Toast.

Greens and Grains

1700 Sansom St., Philadelphia.

Plant-based regional restaurant chain Greens and Grains is opening up a new location in Center City to entice people with its smoothies, sandwiches and acai bowls. The food isn’t fried and has no sugar added, making it one meal you never have to feel guilty about.


32 S. 18th St., Philadelphia.; 445-544-8025.

Sandwiches are the specialty at the new restaurant from established Philadelphia chef Yehuda Sichel, best known for his work as executive chef at Abe Fisher. Huda offers a selection of milk bun sandwiches, including a grilled swordfish one and a maitake mushroom one, and grilled sourdough concoctions, such as a open-faced roasted summer squash sandwich or a hazelnut butter one with thomcord grape jam and pluots.

Hunnies Crispy Chicken

1029 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia.; 908-295-8638.

Craving a fried chicken sandwich? Head to Hunnies for their variety of sandwiches, including a chicken and waffle sandwich, fried chicken caesar and buffalo fried chicken. Not feeling the fried chicken? You can get their sandwiches with grilled chicken or tofu instead.


1033 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia.; 267-639-2892.

This Mexican-American restaurant has a fantastic outdoor dining space, which is a perfect area to enjoy a margarita or one of Juno’s other cocktails, such as the Elderflower Jawn (Elderflower Bluecoat Gin, violette, basil and lemon), Smoky and Spicy (Banhez Mezcal, Libelua Tequila, Fresno Chili, blueberries and lime) or Summatime (Stoli Vodka, Aperol, mixed melon, lemon and mint). Dishes include a variety of tacos, fried plantains, nachos and more.

The Lucky Well

990 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia.; 215-646-4242.

The popular Ambler restaurant gets a Center City sister, three years after it was initially announced. Come to Lucky Well for Memphis-style barbecue, whether that’s ribs, brisket or wings, all cooked up by celebrity chef Chad Rosenthal.

Mari BYO

795 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia.; 267-239-2126.

Grab a bottle of white wine and head over to this new Italian seafood restaurant where you can enjoy Octo Bucatini (octopus and calamari sautéed Sicilian style), Sea Scallops (served with corn succotash and arugula) and Monk Fish (with mussels and shrimps). For the non-seafood fans, you can order a grilled Leg of Lamb or Chicken Saltimbocca. Yelpers rave about the $40 prefix menu, which includes an appetizer, entree and dessert.

Mi ‘N Tea

4229 Main St., Philadelphia.; 267-297-7257.

Head to Manayunk to enjoy a classic Vietnamese banh mi and some bubble tea at this new family-owned restaurant. While you’ll find the traditional banh mi on the menu, you’ll also see newer twists on the dish such as a spicy fried shrimp version, or even one stuffed with a deep fried filet mignon.

Pizza Jawn

4330 Main St., Philadelphia.

Joining Mi ‘N Tea in Manayunk is Pizza Jawn. The name may seem familiar, as Pizza Jawn has become famous on the private party catering circuit. The Manayunk store marks its first foray into a brick-and-mortar location….

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