Best of Philly

Best New Restaurant

2014 BEST New Restaurant

Volver

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 best meals you have in your life.

Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-670-2303 | Website


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 (City)

Fish

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 »

2010 BEST New Restaurant (Suburbs)

Sycamore

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 »

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)

Distrito

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 »