Calling all broke college students and anyone else who loves free things and tacos. In order to celebrate Union Taco’s grand opening in Manayunk, the taqueria will be giving away free tacos tomorrow between noon and 2 p.m. Each guest, whether dining in or taking out, will get one taco on the house, but you can enjoy the entire menu, too.
This is Chef Nick Farina’s second Union Taco, and while the menu is almost identical to Northern Liberties’, though you won’t find any flatbreads at the Manayunk location. Yet that didn’t hinder Farina’s enthusiasm for his new opening. “I’m really excited to meet our new clientele and introduce our cuisine to Manayunk taco lovers.” And for you late-night taco lovers, Union Taco will be open until 3 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
The new location will be at 4229 Main Street.
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Union Taco [Official]
Yesterday, I got home from working late and stumbled upon something really interesting. I was hungry, it was 1:30 in the morning, and I was scrolling through GrubHub’s suspect list of restaurants open for delivery late at night.
Nina’s Trattoria, yes the little BYOB in the Italian Market, was hidden amongst all the chinese takeouts and gross pizza parlors. I called to make sure they were open, and to my surprise, somebody answered. I ordered my food, it came within the hour, and the bliss I felt chowing down on their penne bolognese with a side of meatballs at 2:30 a.m. is a feeling you can only experience for yourself.
David Neukirch, one of the two brothers that own Nina’s explained, “working in the industry, you get out late at night, and you end up eating junk. So we’re giving people some good food to eat late at night.” He mentioned that they’ll soon be adding to the late night menu as well—pizza to be specific.
They’re open late for delivery Tuesday-Sunday until 2 a.m. on weekdays, and 3 a.m. on weekends (Nina’s encourages placing your order before 1:45 a.m. on weekdays, and 2:45 a.m. on weekends, and a call ahead won’t hurt either).
Sometimes, good news just falls in your lap.
Nina’s Trattoria [Official]
Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler — who have been paired in a number of romantic comedies through the years — reunited on Late Night last night, where host Jimmy Fallon had them sing a love song about their experience working together. The whole ditty was rather sweet. Looks like Barrymore — who is very pregnant in the clip — was moved to tears by the end. Check out the video above.
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Pub and Kitchen tweeted out the above photo this week. Chef Eli Collins has added the Buffalo classic, Beef on Weck to his late-night menu. What’s that? You didn’t know about Pub & Kitchen’s late-night menu? Neither did we, so we checked in with owner Ed Hackett. He tells us that The late-night menu is still being slowly built up as Eli and him. But when complete, the menu will be available nightly from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
As for that beef on weck, Collins is making the kummelweck roll in house.
Pub and Kitchen [Foobooz]
Cheu Noodle Bar is extending its hours and will now be open seven days a week. Also new, Cheu is extending its lunch service by an hour, it’s now noon to 3 p.m. Also tweaked, the dinner menu will be available all day on Saturday and Sunday. Weekend hours have also been extended to midnight.
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The Mugshot Diner in Fishtown is opening for business this Thursday. The 150-seat diner will be serving classic diner favorites in a fresh looking space. Omelets, fritattas, pancakes, waffles, and the rest of the breakfast items will be served all day long. The lunch and dinner menu includes salads, burgers, sandwiches and some fancier, less diner like entree dishes.
Hopefully the Mugshot will become a great neighborhood diner, something that Fishtown could certainly use. The diner will be open 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Thursday, and 24 hours on Friday and Saturday.
Check out the full Mugshot Diner menu.
Mugshot Diner [Official Site]
Relish, the newest restaurant on the lineup at the Revel in Atlantic City, will open its doors on Saturday, May 18. Relish will be offering an affordably priced menu right on the casino floor. The soon-to-be 24-hour cafe will be serving breakfast dishes, homemade pastas, burgers, sandwiches, salads, soups, and other classic comfort foods. Highlights of the menu include a cheesesteak, a breakfast burger with bacon, cheddar, and a fried egg, potato gnocchi with italian sausage in a tomato fennel broth, chicken and waffles and a beef stroganoff with egg noodles, beets, pickles, and sour cream. The restaurant will begin its full 24 hour service with breakfast in June, right in time for the summer shore rush.
Relish [Official Site]
It has become a vital question among Philly’s serious cocktail connoisseurs: Where to eat after a night spent drinking at Chinatown’s Hop Sing Laundromat? Depending on how many cocktails you’ve put away, the distance between Hop Sing’s secret door and the nearest late-night noodle spot is a serious concern, so we’ve broken the options down for you by how far you’ll have to walk. Or stagger.
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Mugshot Diner (not to be confused with Mugshots Coffeehouse) is getting very close to opening at 2424 York Street in the 2424 Studios building. Mugshot Diner is an offshoot of the Mount Holly, New Jersey diner of the same name.
The awnings have been hung, the counter is ready and even the product photos have been taken. Hiring has been going on for a couple of weeks now and the diner has a grand opening scheduled for Tuesday, March 26th.
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In the past couple of years, Philadelphia has become a good restaurant city. But what is it going to take to make us great?
It was one hell of a summer.
In terms of restaurant developments—openings, radical changes and arrivals both large and small—it was huge. The reopening of Le Bec Fin alone might’ve been enough to satisfy in a slower season. The debut of Shake Shack on Sansom hit the city like a cheeseburger-flavored Second Coming. Our penchant for hot-weather trend-humping brought jumped-up poutine from Alla Spina (putting a fresh twist on a fad that’s been dangerously close to being played out at least twice in recent years), haute scrapple at Rittenhouse Tavern, tiki pop-ups, high-end South Philly hot doggery, and an end to our city’s shameful ramen shortage.
Summer polished our image as a solid restaurant town by filling in embarrassing holes in our culinary landscape. And we did good. But because I am a man perpetually dissatisfied with what I have, I can’t help but look and see what’s still missing. Philly is on its way to being a great restaurant city once again, but now that we’ve got the cheeseburgers, the ramen and the fancy-pants French food covered, here’s what needs to happen next:
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