A lobster roll — claws and knuckles only (natch) — with juicy nuggets of filet mignon mixed into it. Eff you, Boston. 111 East Lancaster Avenue, Paoli, PA 19301, nickfilet.com.
Here’s your chance to cop the style of a professional athlete. Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins teamed up with business partner Jay Amin on a new men’s shop where they stock immaculate ready-to-wear pieces alongside expertly tailored custom suits. 709 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, damarisavile.com.
We’ll admit: Not everything in this sparsely furnished shop is the most practical. (Really, who needs an artisanal dinner bell?) But its tabletop goods are so refined, so unassumingly cool, we can’t leave without an heirloom-quality cheeseboard or a gilded candlestick. 9 Church Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530, preservationfinegoods.com.
Manned (um) by women, catering to women—and you can get a manicure at the Clutch Beauty Bar while you get your wheels fixed. Your car will run better than new, plus they’ll teach you auto care, so you can save big bucks down the line. 7425 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby, PA 19082, girlsautoclinic.com.
Does Fifi want a purple mo-hawk? Of course Fifi wants a purple mohawk. Davis is the man for the job. 1700 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19148, doggiestylepets.com.
Selfies are so 2016. This place scans your entire body, then generates a 3-D-printed action-figure-y mold of—hey, that’s me! 20 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, peopleprints3d.com.
When it comes to rooftop bars, it’s all about the view. And at Bok, you get the full vista—river to river—which is pretty rare for a watering hole. Pair the panoramas with great snacks (this year, dumplings!) and well-priced drinks, and you’ll develop a new appreciation for Philly just by looking at it. 800 Mifflin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148, bok-bar.com.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more experienced and charming personality in the biz. Pedrogo is always cool under pressure and knows his stuff, and everyone—everyone—likes him. He’ll even be nice to your gluten-intolerant vegan (but sometimes pescatarian) cousin who’s allergic to onions. 1046 Tasker Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148, noordphilly.com.
At Mulherin’s, pretty much everything is remarkable, which makes the fact that chef Chris Painter’s pastas are the most memorable part of eating there that much more impressive. The combinations (agnolotti with suckling pig and cabbage), expert preparation (hand-cut pappardelle) and varieties we’ve never heard of (the giant spaghetti-like bigoli) make every other pasta menu look boring. 1355 North Front Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122, wmmulherinssons.com.
Restaurants nowadays are highly focused, so it’s easy to ignore spots that are trying to do everything instead of something. But don’t ignore La Mula Terca, a pan-Latin BYOB where the Argentine churrasco con chimichurri, Venezuelan arepas and lamb birria are all well executed and synch up better than you’d think. 2053 South Beechwood Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145, facebook.com/lamulatercaphilly.
There’s more to Indian food than tandoori chicken and mango lassis, as you’ll discover at this strip-mall spot that highlights Southern Indian cuisine. It’s vegetarian, but with complex curries, lentil dal vada donuts and dosas, no one will miss the meat. Bring the kids—they’ll get a kick out of the paper dosas, which are, quite literally, twice as big as they are. 151 West Lincoln Highway, Exton, PA 19341, facebook.com/Devi-Vegetarian-Indian-Cuisine-168043499906720.
These days, even your corner shot-and-a-beer bar can mix up a technically perfect manhattan. (In other words, we wonder if Philly has reached maximum craft-cocktail capacity.) And then along comes barman Paul MacDonald with his zinger of a list. The star: the Assassin’s Handbook, a mixture of Jamaican rum, cognac, averna, amaro and mulled wine, with a spark of habanero at the finish. Wow. 261 South 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, fridaysaturdaysunday.com.
Bonk’s was always a neighborhood staple—a dive with cheap beer and good crabs. But when ownership changed, it lost its luster—that is, until new owner Mike Scoats Scotese (of Grey Lodge fame) took over. With a revamped beer list and menu, Bonk’s isn’t just back; it’s better than ever. 3467 Richmond Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134, bonksbar.com.
Tiki in spirit, neighborhood corner bar in practice, Burg’s lives up to its name. Quiet, tucked-away and comfortable (thanks to the good-natured staff and cheap-eats menu), the Point Breeze newcomer has quickly established itself as a welcome—downright necessary, in fact—escape from city-living snobbery. 1200 South 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146, burgshideaway.com.
The dim lighting and loud music at these sleek studios in Washington Square, Rittenhouse and Bryn Mawr serve a purpose: They hide the winces and grunts the Pilates-inspired workout—50 minutes on a giant resistance machine that burns the whole way through—provokes. The upside: You’ll leave with a newfound confidence to rock a crop top. Multiple locations, solidcore.co.