Warm weather is the perfect excuse to break a dining rut. Head over to Fishtown to explore a trio of new options (and a few glasses of wine), or venture to the newly revamped Southwark or Saté Kampar (if you're looking for authentic Malaysian). Here's a look at what's hot this season in Philly.
Must-Order: Sates are the way to go here. And with such a well-priced menu, ordering them all is the best way to explore Southeast Asia in Philly.
Insider Tip: With coconuts cracking behind the bar, you might want to BYO rum to this Passyunk newcomer.
Must-Order: The dumpling sampler is an ideal intro to Foo’s fascination with fusion
Insider Tip: Brunch here might be overlooked, but the menu is packed with creative takes on Asian AM fare like congee and dim sum.
Must-Order: Designed to compliment the wine list, this menu is full of fun takes on Spanish and Italian fare. Think: cauliflower-caper zeppoli and lemon-aleppo dressed seafood a la plancha.
Insider Tip: Ask for the private stash for a reserve list of Root’s best wine from the cellar.
Must-Order: Nothing from the wood-fired oven will disappoint, but a favorite starter here is the veal tartare toast – it manages to capture all of the flavors of a Caesar salad in a single bite.
Insider Tip: Head in early for a drink at the bar. The cocktail program is churning out some truly creative concepts with unusual ingredients.
Must-Order: In a word, babka. Eggy and chocolatey, there’s a reason why this dessert for breakfast "bread" has been getting so much buzz.
Insider Tip: Come lunch time, Essen has a great selection of grab and go sandwiches like brie on slices of housemade challah.
Must-Order: Reasonably priced at $55, the chef’s tasting menu rolls out a staggering ten plates per person (plus dessert). Given the expansive offerings, it’s the ideal way for Double Knot novices to get schooled.
Insider Tip: Sushi might be getting all of the attention, but the AM coffee and pastry program is a standout with pour-overs and housemade Pop Tarts.
Must-Order: With antipasti, primi and secondi, the short and sweet menu here is designed for guests to choose from each column. Dishes change with the seasons, but eating like an Italian is in fashion year round.
Insider Tip: No reservations are taken, but head in at the 4:30 PM opening, and you won't have to wait.
Must-Order: There are plenty of places in Philly where you can grab a few dozen oysters, but the staff at Tredici is cracking some rarely-seen-around-these-parts Jonah crab claws.
Insider Tip: Wines are available in half and full pours allowing guests make their way though the sizable list. Don’t forget to check out the Cruvinet for glasses of rare bottles handpicked by the knowledgeable staff.
Must-Order: Taking over a beloved neighborhood restaurant and bar, this new menu wisely sticks with the kind of plates that pair well with a couple of cocktails. Expect chicken liver mousse and pig’s head sliders.
Insider Tip: The kitchen stays open until 1 AM to accommodate late night cravings for beef tartare and mackerel pâté.
Must-Order: Chef's whim dictates what you'll be eating, but – if it's available – the restaurant’s namesake bird is the way to go. Pigeon was recently roasted and served over a green bean and oyster mushroom salad.
Insider Tip: Pastry chef and partner Pat O’Malley’s croissants and sticky buns have been winning an allegiance of die-hard fans since opening.