Best of Philly

Best New Restaurant

2017 BEST New Restaurant

Palizzi Social Club

There’s no place quite like Palizzi. The private club, recently reopened by Zeppoli’s Joey Baldino, is magical—like eating at the party for Louis Prima in Big Night. The drinks are powerful, the food is simple Italian, and the rules are there to keep the place special for those willing to jump through a few hoops in order to have a singular food experience at a time when not many of those exist anymore.

1408 South 12th Street, Philadelphia, PAWebsite

2016 BEST New Restaurant

Double Knot

120 South 13th Street, Midtown Village, Philadelphia, PA

When you open in a former Midtown Village porn theater and have a mysterious basement dining room and a menu that reads like the scattered, Adderall-fueled scrawlings of a culinary obsessive, you have to be pretty goddamn amazing to snag the Best New Restaurant slot. And Double Knot is exactly that amazing. A cool and… Read more »

2015 BEST New Restaurant


1623 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Just when we thought French food served on white tablecloths was headed for the obituaries, chef/owner Townsend Wentz’s energetic seasonal compositions and finely wrought sauces made us swoon all over again. Especially in the company of sommelier Lauren Harris’s adventurous and fairly priced wines. Read more »

2014 BEST New Restaurant


Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

Yes, it’s expensive. Yes, the menu is essentially Jose Garces’s memoir, sketched in food. Yes, it’s 14-plus courses, takes hours to get through, and requires you to buy tickets for what is unabashedly referred to as a “performance.” Go with it, because dinner in the main dining room at Volver might be one of the… Read more »

2013 BEST New Restaurant

Vernick Food and Drink

2031 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

Greg Vernick has gathered ideas from places as far-flung as Qatar and Tokyo but the best thing about his restaurant is the way it makes you feel at home. While the Cherry Hill native comforts you with his stupendous toasts or lulls you into a daze with his grilled black sea bass his best pal,… Read more »

2010 BEST New Restaurant (Suburbs)


14 South Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, PA

At this quaint Lansdowne BYOB, Chef Sam Jacobson is doing a lovely job with market-fresh fare, and doing justice to the dream of original chef/owner Meg Votta, who passed away shortly after opening the place. Her protg’s thoughtful touches (creative cocktail mixers served in silver shakers), skillful execution of complicated dishes (tender, cumin-scented lamb “steak”… Read more »

2010 BEST New Restaurant (City)


1234 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA

Meat pops up in dishes here and there chorizo nestled among steamed clams, bits of chicken skin (!) scattered in a salad but it’s a seafood-lover’s paradise at chef/owner Mike Stollenwerk’s Rittenhouse spot. Fans of Stollenwerk’s previous restaurant, Little Fish, which closed earlier this year, might recognize a few dishes (and the attentive servers), but… Read more »

2009 BEST New Restaurant (A.C.)

Chelsea Prime

111 S Chelsea Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ

No offense to the spectacular in-casino eateries (we love you, Izakaya!), but its about time we got a trendy, atmospheric, high-end restaurant that overlooks Atlantic Citys best asset: the ocean. And at Chelsea Prime the crisp black-and-white supper-club-like steakhouse from Stephen Starr, in the Chelsea all of the tiered, oversized booths face the blue Atlantic.… Read more »

2009 BEST New Restaurant (City)


3945 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

Its big. Its jubilantly gaudy. Its Pepto-Bismol pink. Its loud, its young, and its walls sparkle with glittery wrestling masks. You can literally swing from the rafters. (Some seats are actually swings.) Yes, its sensory overload especially the too-good-to-be-true steak nachos but Jose Garcess foray into the street food of Mexico City is also the… Read more »