First Bite: Nom Wah Tea Parlor

nom-wah-tea-parlor-delivery-940Nom Wah Tea Parlor kind of opened today. The New York based dim sum spot has a Philadelphia location at 218 N 13th Street and the kitchen is ready, even if the dining room isn’t. So they’ve begun offering delivery via Caviar.

Since we were intrigued and figured you would be too, we placed a late lunch order. In just under 50 minutes our order was at the front desk.

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Philly Eats All The Chickens: BonChon Crippled By Demand


Seriously? It’s like you people have never seen fried chicken before.

The lines, the waits, the epic crowds–all of this has served to throw a big, chicken-smelling wrench into the grand opening plans at BonChon in Chinatown. First, they had to scale back their hours so they could focus on their dinner crowds during the grand opening weekend–dumping lunch service entirely and opening at 5pm. Then they made that schedule temporarily permanent, announcing that, for the time being, the hours were going to be 5pm-11pm only. That schedule still stands, and today they’ve had to scale back even more.

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Two Openings for Chinatown

Nom Wah Tea Parlor coming to 218 N 13th Street.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor coming to 218 N 13th Street.

Two new openings in Chinatown are so close, you can just about taste them. BonChon opens Wednesday, February 18th at 11 a.m. at 1020 Cherry Street. They’re calling it a soft-opening with a limited menu, but rest assured, there will be Korean fried chicken. The full menu will be available the next day.

Next up will be Nom Wah Tea Parlor opening at 218 N 13th Street. The historic New York dim sum restaurant is opening “after the Chinese New Year” which means sometime after February 19th.

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Six Pack: Ramen In Philadelphia


This weekend’s frigid winter weather has us all longing to hibernate until warmer days. But don’t let the cold stop you from going out. Just use it as an excuse to indulge in some heartwarming comfort food that will bring feeling back into your fingertips.

Back in December, we did a round-up of the best soups in Center City and now we’re coming back with the best ramen in town–for those of you who want all the comforts of Japanese food thrown into one large, steaming bowl.

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Rail Park Plans Continue to Make Headway with Phase 1

As one reader reminded us on our roundup of developments we’ll be tracking in 2015, the proposed Rail Park is one of the city’s most anticipated projects of the new year. Well, guess what? Friends of the Rail Park sent out a status update on the project’s first phase a few days ago! Here’s what it said:

BREAKING GROUND ON PHASE 1  Designs for the first phase of the Rail Park are complete. Construction documents are ready to bid out. A lease for Phase 1 between the Center City District (CCD) and SEPTA is being finalized. The CCD has grant commitments in hand for nearly 50% of the expected $8.5 million in construction costs and is awaiting word on one additional grant. In concert with CCD’s efforts, FRP continues to build support and develop resources to steward Phase 1 while bringing attention to the entire 3-mile site.

Woohoo! Plus…

VIDEO: How to Make The Neighborhood You Want

We have another video from TEDxPhiladelphia (see the one we posted last week here), this one from Chris Bartlett, executive director of the William Way LGBT Community Center.

PlanPhilly shared the video in which Bartlett talks about what Chinatown has taught the Gayborhood…and how all of us can contribute to creating the neighborhoods we want.  

Check it out:

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Morning Headlines: Proposed Chinatown Community Center Will Get $3.7 Million State Grant

Photo credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo credit: Jeff Fusco

The Eastern Tower Community Center, a proposed 23-story tower for the northwest corner of 10th and Vine has just acquired another benefactor. The Daily News’ Julie Shaw reports that in addition to backing from foreign investors and a bank loan, the $75 million project is set to receive a $3.7 million Economic Growth Initiative grant from the state.

According to Shaw, the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp. spearheaded the project, which is currently the site of a parking lot. The high-rise, anticipated to bridge the gap between Chinatown North and Chinatown, will hold Chinatown’s first community center, as well as other facilities:

The tower will house Chinatown’s first community center, a preschool and after-school programming run by the Chinatown Learning Center, a bilingual health center, a gym, offices, retail shops and 143 apartments – 31 of which will be subsidized by PCDC for poor and low-income residents.

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Nan Yang Opening in Chinatown


Photo via Lê, @Merchandise7X

The former Lucky Fortune at 932 Race Street is becoming Nan Yang and will open this Saturday. Last night, the above sign was being installed. The new restaurant will serve Singaporean and Thai food and will be open till 4 a.m. on weekends.

In fact, in a random email we received the following images:

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