- Neighborhood: Chinatown
- 138 North 10th Street, Philadelphia, PA
- Phone: 215-928-1883
- Cuisine: Chinese
- Alcohol: BYOB
- Meals Served: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
- Price: $
- Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
It feels like that kind of weekend, doesn’t it? All of us at Foobooz World HQ think so. There’s just something in the air (or something in our appetites) that makes us yearn for slick streets, neon and some roasted duck.
So we played a game. We said if we could forget all the places that we need to eat at (for reviews and lists and menu updates and everything else) and forget all the places that we’re supposed to eat at (because they’re new, because they’re weird, and because it’s our job), where would we want to eat this weekend? Specifically, what would we eat in Chinatown?
This weekend coming up? It’s gonna be a disaster. With Valentine’s Day falling on a Tuesday this year, EVERYONE is going to be out this weekend, filling up every seat in every restaurant you care about, drinking too much wine, eating all the oysters (which is bullshit, by the way) and getting their lovey-dovey cooties all over everything.
Like drinking on St Patrick’s Day, dining out on Valentine’s Day is amateur hour, a sucker’s game, great for restaurateurs (who need all the help they can get), but not so awesome for the dedicated gastronaut. But don’t worry, we have a very simple solution for you that will work particularly well this year.
We call it Alt-Valentine’s Day.
2016 was a big year in Philly’s restaurant community. We saw the openings of some of the best restaurants in the city–and a couple of the worst. We saw a continued revision of the city’s signature style–this kind of casual-local, over-educated, multiply-influenced neighborhood-level version of new New American that is unique to Philadelphia–and saw a kind of ennui settling into the heart of its cuisine. Fine dining took a few more body blows. Fast-casual continued to boom in a huge way. Our chefs expanded outside the bounds of the city and suburbs as Philly became a national force in cuisine, and we saw some big time national restaurateurs looking at Philly with hungry eyes and wondering what THEY could do here.
So yeah, it was an important year. A formative one. And Foobooz and Philadelphia magazine were there for all of it. This week, we’re looking back at some of the biggest names and biggest moments of the year gone by, and where better to begin than with the most important restaurants of the year?