Best of Philly

Best New Restaurant

2017 Best New Restaurant (City)

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, PA Website

2016 Best New Restaurant

Double Knot

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

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, […] Read more »

2015 Best New Restaurant


1623 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2014 Best New Restaurant


Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2013 Best New Restaurant

Vernick Food and Drink

2031 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2010 Best New Restaurant (City)


1234 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2010 Best New Restaurant (Suburbs)


14 South Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2009 Best New Restaurant (City)


3945 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2009 Best New Restaurant (A.C.)

Chelsea Prime

111 S Chelsea Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ Website

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 […] Read more »