Midtown Village in Philadelphia is one of the leisure hotspots in the Center City district, with restaurants and bars surrounding the theaters and shops of Broad Street and Rittenhouse. We list the 10 best places to eat in the village.
After trying the wood-fired pizzas and dishes accented with vegetables and fresh cheeses, Barbuzzo will have patrons drooling over their food for days. Barbuzzo serves classic re-vamped twists on classic dishes. The restaurant has urban-farmhouse style flair with its rustic woods and marble bar. The wood-fired pizzas are thin, crispy and delicate, and each dish is more creative than the last.
Get an exotic spin to your Sunday brunch at Indeblue. However, the Indian food at Indeblue becomes less exotic and more inventive with its mash-up with American classics. Brunch boasts chaats and kabobs galore all with a spicy American twist.
Lolita is a small Mexican restaurant with a casual atmosphere where patrons can purchase fantastic margaritas, street-food inspired tacos and inventive Mexican cuisine. The casual vibe mixed with the exposed brick and sleek wood tables make for a cozy-chic vibe. The seasonal menu changes, so make sure to check the chalkboard for specials like their fried squash blossoms.
Amis has been praised for its original and modern Italian dishes. The Roman-style trattoria offers small plates of pasta and meats with creative gusto. The industrial space with sleek wood keeps the décor relevant and in tune with its classy Italian cuisine.
A charcuterie store/dessert bar/restaurant, Garces Trading Company has some of the best food around. Located in an old Western Union building on Locust St, the white subway tiles give the environment a New England kitchen while the elegant furniture give a refined casualness. The modern European menu is another Garces treasure, boasting duck fat fries, funghi pizza with shiitake and truffle mushrooms or fresh salads and omelettes for brunch.
Inspired by tours through Spain, Jamonera brings the flairs of Spanish flavors; a blend of garlic, fresh fish, salty cheeses and rich breads, to every dish. The menu consists of fishes, ham and several paella dishes. The Rioja-colored accents and dark atmosphere make for a romantic evening; perfect for that tapas sharing.
Vetri was recently added to our guide because it’s considered one of the best restaurants not just in Philadelphia, but across the country. Diners should make their reservation in advance; it may take about two months to reserve, as they sit only 30 in their main dining room.
Vedge is a fine dining vegan restaurant that doesn’t just have to be for vegans. It is a nationally-recognized restaurant with an amazing selection and combination of seasonally and locally-sourced ingredients. It’s so good, it will be a surprise to many that it’s even vegan. The happy hour selection with cocktails with house-made syrups is one of the best in the city.
If looking for another Mexican fix, this upscale fusion restaurant may hit the spot. The décor is just as appetizing as the food with its round, gold velvet tufted booths and colorful, lively bar area with a light-up rotating bike. El Vez’s food presentation is beautiful and its menu ranges from tacos to burritos and enchiladas. Made with simple yet fresh and tasteful ingredients,
Using fresh, organic and local ingredients, Nomad Pizza is a slice of Roma transplanted into a cozy little area of Midtown Village. Nomad Roman has a menu that changes weekly, but usually they serve about 12 different styles, including the popular spicy soppressata. The best time to go if seats are available is their happy hours during the week from 4:30-6:30PM. On weeknights, they have a late night happy hour at 10PM as well.