Where to Eat in Queen Village

With all of the charm and none of the tourists of Old City, Queen Village is one of the most idyllic foodie neighborhoods in the city. These are our favorites places to eat.

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Queen Village has much of the charm of Old City without all the tourists and over-the-top historic vibes. It’s where we go to spend a Saturday afternoon wandering around, grabbing a breakfast pastry, an early afternoon glass of wine, and a big, lengthy dinner with friends. It’s cozy, it’s not too pretentious, and it’s full of delicious things to eat. Here are a few of our favorite places in Queen Village to eat.

Neighborhood Ramen
Neighborhood Ramen is our favorite ramen spot in the city — a little bit traditional, a little bit innovative, and always spot-on. Look out for specials like their lamb mapo tofu mazesoba, a completely non-authentic take on Chinese mapo tofu.

Little Fish
Little Fish is the type of place that makes us really happy to live in Philadelphia. It’s a chef-y, seafood-focused BYO that consistently puts out some of the tastiest, most interesting plates in the city.

 

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Fitz and Starts
This is the spot to go in QV for a sunny, sidewalk brunch of breakfast sandwiches, coffee, and perfectly laminated pastries, or a dinner made of of  hyper-seasonal, hyper-local ingredients, like coppa steaks with crowder peas, and golden tilefish with shaved fennel.

Royal Sushi & Izakaya
Make a reservation (far in advance!) for the omakase experience in the back of the restaurant, where chef Jesse Ito personally makes each perfect bite, or sit in the buzzy front room for a raucous night of maki rolls, fast cocktails, spicy pickles and kurobuta hot dogs.

Tattooed Mom
It’s one of the most beloved dives in the city, with the added bonus of very good bar food with a surprisingly large number of vegan options. Cocktail and beer drinkers alike will find plenty to love on their drink menu.

 

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Fiore Fine Foods
What doesn’t Fiore do well? Pre-order a pint or two of gelato for pick-up on Saturday morning and enjoy a brunch of seasonal pastries and some of the best breakfast sandwiches in the city. Return for dinner and sample handmade pastas, plus plenty of vegetable-focused antipasti and some of the best desserts in the city.

Cry Baby Pasta
Cry Baby is an ideal neighborhood restaurant: it’s fairly priced, it does house-made pastas and comforting entrees like eggplant parmesan and braised short ribs, plus there’s a surprisingly great wine program and amaro menu. It’s the type of place we go for a last-minute weeknight dinner with friends or a casual Sunday night date.

Famous 4th Street Delicatessen
At first glance, the prices are high, but when you’re served a corned beef sandwich that could sink a small ship, you’ll understand why. We recommend sharing with friends, ordering from the appetizer menu, and bringing home leftovers.

Square Pie
Square Pie owner Gene Giuffi’s thick-crust, Sicilian-is pies have delighted us since 2015, when we called it the best new pizza in Philly. Since then it has held steady as a stalwart for all square pizza needs, even as the style has become more popular in the city.

Lucky’s Last Chance
If ya want some fun Lucky’s Last Chance facts, their burgers have won the Philadelphia Burger Brawl, and their three-time People’s Choice winner is the PB & Bacon burger which has, yes, peanut butter, bacon, and American cheese. Do with that info what you will.

Modo Mio
Very few neighborhoods in Philly can get by, it seems, without at least three Italian spots. Modo Mio is one of QV’s.  The menu is small, but it hits all the classic Italian necessities: salads, fried calamari, a few house-made pastas. Opt for the Turista menu, which gets you an antipasti, a pasta and a dessert for just $40.

 

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New Wave Cafe
Open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., New Wave Cafe is part cafe, part restaurant, part bar. With 20 taps, perfect bar snacks, a great brunch, and several TVs for watching the game, it checks all the boxes of a friendly, neighborhood watering hole.

Mari BYO
Mari does a seafood-focused take on Italian food, ranging from a decidedly Italian-American Caesar salad, to a squid ink pasta with chopped calamari and cherry tomatoes that wouldn’t be out of place in a seaside town on the Amalfi coast.

Emmy Squared
Square pies, excellent double-stacked smash burgers, and some of the best cheesy garlic bread around.

Keshet
Right at the top of Passyunk Avenue, find Keshet Kitchen, a middle eastern restaurant with a wide-ranging menu. Go comfort food with their za’atar fries and harissa macaroni and cheese, or try their excellent chicken shawarma with a side of hummus.