Various dishes at Barcelona Wine Bar. Courtesy of Barcelona Wine Bar
Philadelphia's restaurant boom is off and running this year. With the opening of two new luxury hotels Downtown, an outpost of Jose Garces' Buena Onda projected for later this year and the long awaited arrival of Top Chef contestant Sylva Senat's spot Maison 208 later this summer, we have plenty to look forward to in 2017. In just a few short weeks summer will be here, along with a crop of restaurants dishing up fresh tapas, pizza and vegan takes on American bites. Here's what to look forward to.
The Wiz Kid Philly sandwich. Courtesy of Wiz Kid
ETA: June 1
The wait is almost over for the opening of chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby of Vedge and V Street's permanent home for their vegan fast-casual fare right next to V Street. Expect to find their original spin on the Philly cheesesteak made with a potato roll with seitan, mushrooms, fried onions, pickled peppers and rutabaga.
Rione pizza. Courtesy of Rione/Instagram
ETA: Early June
Rittenhouse Square is about to get a taste of Italy when Francesco Crovetti, a native of Rome, and his wife Alison open the doors to their Roman-style pizza joint. What makes their pizzas real standouts? The Crovettis let their dough rise for 72 hours, meaning it's light and airy. Rione will be BYOB for beer and wine only.
Cold noodle dish. Courtesy of Cheu Noodle Bar/Instagram
ETA: Early summer
We've been anxiously awaiting the opening of the Fishtown outpost of Cheu Noodle Bar. The spot is larger compared to the Washington Square West original, and with more kitchen space, you can count on an expanded menu of dumplings, noodles and imaginative bites, alongside the classic ramen and Japanese fare you know and love. Even better? There will be a full bar.
East Passyunk will soon have a sleek new wine bar serving tapas and other bites with local ingredients. Expect about 40 wines available by the glass and plenty of outdoor seating.
ETA: Early summer
With a beer garden seemingly around every corner in Philly, this newest addition to the Tria family is a big win for wine lovers. Small plates and brunch are the big draw, in addition to beer and cocktails on draft and poured late. They'll be open 11:30–2 AM seven days a week.
Pan-seared cod and littleneck clams at the Blue Duck. Courtesy of the Blue Duck/Instagram
ETA: Early summer
The Blue Duck is expanding with a second home in Center City. While the menu will be a bit different from the first location, expect similar elevated comfort foods served all-day. The biggest difference though is that this new spot will serve alcohol. The interior will have an easygoing vibe with reclaimed wood.
Rendering of Danlu. Courtesy of Jeffrey Beers
ETA: Mid to late summer
The team behind Nectar in Berwyn will soon be dishing up street food inspired by Taiwanese night markets. With a strong focus on dumplings and beer in the kitchen, the bi-level space gets an airy, modern design and is part of a high-rise apartment building in University City.
Inside Elixr at Rittenhouse. Courtesy of Elixr Coffee Roasters
ETA: Mid summer
Elixr is making big plans, moving its entire roasting operation to its new flagship in the Goldtex building. This means a bigger space not just for the roasters, but a chic new cafe with similar vibes to the Rittenhouse spot. Expect a reservation-only tasting bar, plus light and healthy food options like seasonal baguette sandwiches and waffles with fruit, though the final menu is still under wraps.
ETA: Early to mid summer
Top Chef contestant Sylva Senat is about to show Philly what he's got with his new restaurant in Midtown Village, where he will be dishing up elegant, New American plates with a French twist. There will be wine too, and lots of it available by the bottle or glass. Also, just in time for warmer temperatures there's a retractable roof on the second floor.
ETA: Mid July
After undergoing renovations, the iconic steakhouse in the Bellevue will soon be up and running again. The menu will feature traditional steakhouse classics with the Palm's famous bar program — including the 837 Club — returning. With new lighting and dining fixtures, the space will have a fresh look, with new additions featured on the caricature collage.
Inside Rebelle NYC. Courtesy of Rebelle
Walnut Street Café
ETA: Early summer
The trio behind NYC's Rebelle and Melissa Weller of Roberta's in Brooklyn have teamed up to bring Philly its own take on the Michelin-starred Bowery hot spot. The bi-level space is expected to open early this summer on the ground floor of the FMC Tower at Cira Centre South. There are big hopes for this powerhouse team to show their culinary talent, and we have a good feeling they won't let us down.
Near 2929 Walnut St.
Marigold Kitchen collaborators Tim Lanza and Andrew Kochan are spreading their wings with this New American kitchen in Rittenhouse Square, debuting in July. Lanza will serve as executive chef and float between TALK and Marigold. The new spot will specialize in imaginative dishes à la carte, a big change from Marigold's elaborate tasting menus, and even better, there's a full cocktail offering.