Philly’s Latest Restaurant and Bar Openings

Everything you need to know about what’s new and what’s next in Philadelphia's dining and drinking scene, all in one place.

Queens-based soup dumpling spot Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao opened in Cherry Hill earlier this month. / Photograph by Hannah Albertine

Philly’s dining scene never sits still. Restaurants and bars open, close, move, tinker with concepts, reinvent themselves and the way the game is played. If you have a day job that keeps you preoccupied or maybe even a demanding Rottweiler or a couple of kids who are consistently barking your name, it might be hard to wrap your head around it all. Lose focus for a minute, and the whole scene can shift without you noticing.

To help you keep up with your city, we’ve got this list: a big, ever-evolving tally of the newest and most notable restaurant openings in the region. Think of this guide like a monthly checklist of all the new stuff happening in Philly — a to-do list for the truly dedicated diner. As new restaurants, bars, or cafes set up shop, we’ll add them to the scroll. Then we’ll go check ’em out. (Be warned: just because a spot makes its way onto this list, doesn’t mean we’ve been and necessarily condone a visit there.) If the restaurant is great, they might make their way onto the Philly 15. If they’re city-defining, they might end up on the 50 Best Restaurants list. But it all starts on this Openings guide.

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The Latest Restaurant and Bar Openings Around Philadelphia

Two Robbers, Fishtown
Hard Seltzer and Burgers

Local hard seltzer company Two Robbers opened their own taproom on Frankford Avenue at the very end of 2022. You can get their seltzer on tap (naturally), have it mixed up into a cocktail that primarily uses PA-made spirits, and snack while you’re at it. The menu(s) are wonderfully straightforward, each divided into “Burgers” and “Not Burgers” or “Seltzer” and “Not Seltzer.” The burger side offers two options — a double-smash-burger or a portobello mushroom version — and the Not Burger offerings are a bit more wide-ranging … we’re talking watermelon radish tacos, scallop crudo, poutine. Strange, but also kinda awesome.

Farina Di Vita, Queen Village
Italian Grocer

Jason Okdeh and Brandyn Luis Ortiz just opened their own boutique Italian deli and pasta shop at 2nd and Catherine. Right now, it appears they’re operating primarily as a takeout deli (with hoagies, Italian meats, etc.), but they’re looking at expanding into offering a full-on market experience. They’re rolling things out slow, so go easy, but after having a look at their sandwich menu, I’m hoping they’re able to continue expanding in the future. Farina Di Vita opens at 11 a.m. every day but Monday.

Sunpress, Audubon, NJ
Latin

Nachos, tacos, Key lime pie and Cuban sandwiches all in the same place? Sign me up. Also, they’ve got a burrito made with hot Cheetos, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Tabachoy, Bella Vista
Filipino

Dark blue bricks, bold gold lettering and lots of pork. Tabachoy’s brick-and-mortar evolution is a welcome development in the story of Chance Anies’s rise from amateur food-cart adobo enthusiast to serious restaurateur. Expect a community beer fridge, crispy lumpia and fried chicken with gravy on the menu, and a vibe that feels like eating from the kitchen at a good friend’s house.

The Hayes, Midtown Village
American

Townsend Wentz has picked up the space next to his Spanish spot, Oloroso, on Walnut Street and turned it into a gastropub-inspired American tavern called The Hayes. He’s in soft-open at the moment, and operating very quietly with burgers, friend oysters, winter soups and stews and cocktails from the big, antique bar, but should be rolling into full service within the second or third week of January. Wentz and his team picked up this space right before the pandemic, opened it as the Pearl Tavern (which didn’t last long), used it for pop-ups during the worst of times, and has been tinkering with it ever since. The restaurant dinner only at the moment, but they’ll be adding lunch service and late-night hours after the official opening.

Kura Sushi, Rittenhouse
Sushi

A chain sushi restaurant organized around a double-decker conveyor-belt delivery system that gives you prizes based on how many plates you can eat and has its own robot to deliver drinks. This Japanese concept has more than 500 locations worldwide and it just opened in the former home of the American Eagle store on Chestnut Street.

Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao, Cherry Hill, NJ
Shanghainese

One of Queens’s famous soup dumpling spots opened a location in South Jersey. Yes, there’ll be a wide variety of dim sum and noodles on the menu, but what really matters here are the xiao long bao — specifically the crab-and-pork soup dumplings that made the place famous (and beloved) when it first opened in New York. Come hungry. Be prepared to wait. And don’t forget to try a side of the scallion pancakes.

Noche, Rittenhouse
Cocktails

Those of you with long memories might recall this second-floor space as the former home of Aldine. Now, it has been completely remade and turned into a swanky-looking cocktail joint focusing on classics, some custom drinks and zero-proof options. The menu also has small plates that look nice to snack on. There’s charcuterie and caviar, sardines in olive oil, shrimp a la plancha with garlic and lemon, patatas bravas, fried manchego cheese and some bacalao and garbanzo croquetas.

Kismet Bagels, Rittenhouse
Bagels

From pandemic side hustle to brick-and-mortar business, Kismet opened its first bagel shop and cafe in Fishtown in 2021. This is its second — an expansion into a former juice bar space at 17th and Sansom offering bagels, sandwiches, cream cheese and Moonraker coffee.

Carbon Copy, West Philly
Brewery and Winery

And just to round things out this month, it looks like Carbon Copy — the area’s first combination brewery and winery — made its debut in December. There is obviously beer and wine to try, as well as a kitchen that’s cranking out a menu of beer-and-wine-friendly food like pizza and sandwiches.

A cemita from El Chingon, now open in East Passyunk / Photograph by Juan Carlos Aparicio

El Chingon, East Passyunk
Mexican

Chef and baker Juan Carlos Aparicio’s ode to Pueblan cemitas is finally open on South 10th Street with a menu showcasing the depth of Mexican baking traditions. Expect plenty of vegetarian options as well as tacos and sweets. Plus, mixers to supplement your BYOB efforts. Walk-in service only.

Sakartvelo, Washington Square West
Georgian

This is the new Georgian restaurant from the guy who owns Georgian Bread and Cuisine in Northeast Philly. Yeah, the place serving excellent khachapuri and khinkali and bright green tarragon lemonade. If that’s not enough to get you to drop everything and check it out immediately, you and I just can’t be friends anymore.

Kalaya, Fishtown
Thai

The original Kalaya is closed now, so if you’re jonesing for a taste of Nok Suntaranon’s amazing and biographical Thai food, the new Fishtown location is the only game in town. This space is four times larger than the original. It has a bar (which the O.G. Kalaya did not have), and the menu has been in the works for months now, maybe years. It’s absolutely going to be one of the most talked-about openings of the season, so keep an eye out and snag a reservation when you can.

Andra Hem, Rittenhouse
Cocktails, Scandinavian

This Scandinavian cocktail bar and restaurant opened quietly at 218 South 16th Street after a long build-out process. The menu is all pickled herring, Swedish meatballs and gravlax. Right now, they’re taking walk-ins Wednesday to Saturday, 4 p.m. to midnight, according to the Inquirer’s first look.

Solar Myth, South Philly
Cafe, Wine Bar, Experimental Jazz Venue

It sucked when the news came down that the iconic music venue Boot & Saddle had become yet another victim of the pandemic. But here are two pieces of good news to cheer you up: First, the legendary neon out front is staying in place. Second, the space itself has now reopened as Solar Myth, a very specific kind of all-day spot operating as a cafe during the day (with goodies from Mighty Bread), a wine bar in the evening (with vinyl on the turntable and an all-analog sound system), and a live music venue at night. Mark Christman of Ars Nova Workshop and Evan Clancy from Fountain Porter are the partners behind the resurrection, which tells me that equal consideration is being given to both the stage and the menu.

J’aime French Cafe, Rittenhouse
French Bakery

Philly already had one place to score French-born baker Bastien Ornano’s baguettes and hazelnut croissants (the original J’aime French Bakery on 12th Street), but now there are two. He just opened the doors of this brand-new, smaller offshoot at 17th and Pine, offering coffee, pastries, viennoiserie and, of course, freshly baked bread.

Matines Cafe, Chestnut Hill
French Bakery

Meanwhile, Arthur and Amanda de Bruc are bringing their own sense of Paris to Philly with their new French cafe in a former clockmaker’s shop (which is undeniably cool) in Chestnut Hill. This place is open seven days a week, doing all-day breakfast (including an egg sandwich on a croissant with white truffles and bacon), lunchy baguette sandwiches, tartines, baked goods, and macarons.

Algorithm, Queen Village
Vegan

This beloved food truck has brought its vegan cheesesteaks, crispy tofu tacos, Nashville hot seitan and general plant-based goodness to Queen Village with a permanent home at 5th and Bainbridge. It’s definitely a spot worth checking out, especially to see how their vegan Gobbler stacks up against the Wawa original.

Grace & Proper, a wine bar with Portuguese snacks, is the latest project from the Hawthornes Restaurant Group. / Photograph by Eddy Marenco

Grace & Proper, Italian Market
Wine Bar

The team behind Sonny’s, Hawthorne’s and Wine Dive is hitting the Italian Market with Portuguese snacks and lots of wine. They’ve set the place up like a vintage European corner bar — the kind of place where you can just hang out all day, snacking on little fishes and cured meats and drinking Spanish wine. Sounds kinda lovely, doesn’t it? Walk-in service only.

The Pullman Restaurant, Bryn Mawr
American

On the Main Line, the Pullman is looking to evoke the feeling of vintage opulence in this 145-seat restaurant inspired by the Pullman dining cars of the 1940s. Think martinis, banquettes, chandeliers, oysters Rockefeller and escargot. The menu is essentially New American with some high-tone European embellishment, and the space (which took more than two years to rehab) looks pretty beautiful.

Mamie Colette, Newtown
French Bakery

Another French bakery — this one for the folks in Bucks County. The place is small, simple and dedicated to chef Magali’s grandmother. Mamie Colette serves a short menu of pastries, croissant, and sandwiches made from scratch.

The “dolla hoagie” at Honeysuckle Provisions, made with turkey (or turnips) on a house-made roll covered in benne seeds. / Photograph by Hannah Albertine

Honeysuckle Provisions, West Philly
Afrocentric Grocery & Cafe

Honeysuckle Provisions is the crowd-funded, community-supported, long-awaited project from chefs Omar Tate and Cybille St. Aude-Tate. The combination grocery store/takeout shop on 48th Street fills their shelves with produce and pantry items (working to especially highlight Black farmers and BIPOC-owned products) while the kitchen handles baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, beef patties, hoagies on benne-seed bread, and salads. They’ve already got their own Black Farmer Box subscription CSA going, are taking orders for holiday molasses and sweet potato pies, and the Tates and their crew are just getting started.

Luna BYOB, Rittenhouse
Italian

In the old Casta Diva space, two former Casta Diva employees — Dana Cami and Dejvi Furxhi — have come together to open their own Italian restaurant, serving a compact menu of beef carpaccio, littleneck clams with pancetta and tomatoes, squid ink tagliolini in an arrabiata sauce, and lobster and corn risotto. While there’s certainly no lack of Italian restaurants in this town, there’s something charming about the simplicity and focus of this menu. I’m hoping for the best.

Jomon Japanese BBQ, Midtown Village
Japanese

Big parties, lots of meat, and tabletop, yakiniku-style flat grills to cook it on — what’s not to love? This new Japanese BBQ spot is owned by Tom Lau (of Aki Nom Nom, just down the block), seats nearly a hundred people, and has a full bar featuring sake, beer, and Japanese-inspired cocktails.

Chez Hansi, Graduate Hospital
European

As far as I can tell, this place is essentially a European restaurant working off a limited and ever-changing menu of everything from simple roasted potatoes served in lovely little copper pots to pesto gnocchi, escabeche, lemon tarts and a gorgeous looking duck confit. It’s small, homey, and BYOB. While it is very new and doesn’t have a large footprint yet, it also looks like it could be amazing. We’re keeping an eye on it, for sure.

Kungfu Hotpot, Chinatown
Chinese Hot Pot

This new hotpot restaurant is located above the Heng Fa Food Market on Cherry Street. Find the door with the Kungfu Hotpot sign, go through that, then take the elevator to the third floor. That’s where you’ll find the newest hotpot joint in Chinatown — an all-you-can-eat spot with iPad menus, fast service, a self-serve bar for sauces, noodles, vegetables and fish balls; and a cooler full of complimentary drinks. Each meal costs around $40 per person.

Dough Head Pizza, South Philly
Pizza

Caterer-turned-pizza-guy Joe Betzala is promising naturally fermented dough turned out in volumes high enough to satisfy South Philly hunger for slices and 16-inch pies on a Friday night. Here’s hoping he’s right.

Redcrest Kitchen, Queen Village
American

It has been a long time coming, but chef Adam Volk’s Redcrest Kitchen is finally up and running. After a water main break that flooded the entire basement of the Bainbridge Street space just weeks after signing the lease, it took Volk and his team months to clean up, replace lost equipment and crowdfund the money necessary to make it to opening day. Volk even had to shut down his excellent Redcrest Fried Chicken operation a few months back to conserve resources. And now, Redcrest Kitchen is open, serving winter squash toasts, chicory and green-apple salads, ancho- and coffee-braised short rib, and homemade ice-cream sandwiches for dessert.