Northern Liberties is a great, up and coming neighborhood located north of Old City, Philadelphia, and is home to some of the most unique restaurants in Philadelphia, many of which have amazing outdoor seating and decor. Read ahead for our picks of the 10 best restaurants in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia.
El Camino Real
El Camino Real
El Camino Real can be described as a cantina mixed with a steakhouse, and it serves delicious TexMex food alongside their drinks. The menu is friendly to all diets, it has a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan entrees, but still keeps plenty of options open for meat lovers. With items such as cactus and sweet potato tacos or the classic carnitas, as well as items such as pulled pork, ribs and chicken cheesesteaks, customers will leave satisfied.
Address: 1040 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (215) 925-1110
While PYT may seem like a regular burger joint, the menu offers crazy, innovative burgers that most certainly can’t be found anywhere else. With items such as The Doh!Nut (a beef patty between two glazed donuts), cheeseburger waffle sliders, and cheeseburgers between waffle fry buns, all guests will find something to enjoy and have a fun time eating. The restaurant also features creamy adult milkshakes, outdoor seating, and it hosts DJs on the weekends.
Hours: Monday to Sunday 11:30-2am
Watch out for: Outrageous and Fun Burger Menu
Address: 1050 N Hancock St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (215) 964-9009
Silk City Diner
Located in a renovated diner with purple and red decor, customers are transported back in time to the 1950s when they set food in Silk City. There are three parts to this restaurant; the garden, the lounge and the diner itself, where customers can enjoy their meals of crunchy fried chicken or meatloaf to rival your mother’s. Silk City has been featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, and was picked by Philadelphia Magazine as the Best Outdoor Dining Space in Philadelphia.
Address: 435 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (215) 592-8838
The Pickled Heron is a small, intimate BYOB French restaurant with simple but elegant decor. The menu focuses on using local and seasonal produce, and changes depending on what is available. Guests can partake in savory artisanal breads and charcuterie while waiting for entrees like duck confit or moules frites.
Address: 2218 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 (215) 634-5666
Heritage has a modern rustic aesthetic, and consists mostly of a jazz bar and an urban garden. Plants hang from the high ceilings above the bar, and there is a stage for musicians who play live music every night. The menu consists of items like rabbit sausage, ribeye and foie gras, in a modern interpretation of classic French and American cuisines.
Address: 914 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (215) 627-7500
Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat
Southern comfort food finds the perfect location at Honey’s Sit ’n Eat, a simple restaurant where guests feel welcomed and at home as soon as they open the door. The menu has items such as honey fried chicken fingers and several types of reubens, as well as traditional Southern breakfast foods, biscuits, eggs and pancakes. Honey’s also has a wide variety of vegetarian alternatives to their popular entrees, so no one has to miss out on their delicious food.
Address: 800 N 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (215) 925-1150
This small Italian restaurant is perfect for a romantic evening out, with its intimate setting and friendly staff. The menu features classic Italian cuisine such as calamari, agnolotti and zuppe di pesce, as well as soft handmade pasta and perfectly blended sauce. The restaurant is also BYOB, so guests can bring their favorite bottle of wine to drink with their entree.
Address: 161 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (215) 203-8707
Dmitri’s is a BYOB restaurant that specializes in traditional Greek cuisine. The menu is perfect for large groups, as the items can be prepared family style or per person, depending on preference and number of guests. With items like lamb, meatballs, greek salad and spinach pie, guests will feel as if they have been transported to all the way to Greece without ever having to leave Philadelphia.
Address: 944 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (215) 592-4550
Cantina Dos Segundos
This Mexican restaurant with outdoor seating is a popular hangout for all generations. The menu is vegetarian and vegan friendly and features several types of quesadillas, enchiladas and burritos, ranging in spice and in meat options. They also offer sweet plantains and a long list of savory breakfast items.
Address: 931 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (215) 629-0500
Circles, a Thai restaurant, won Philadelphia Magazine’s Best New Thai in Philadelphia in 2011 and Best Thai in Philadelphia twice. The food is delicious, saucy and predominantly vegetarian, but with the choice of adding meat. They offer seven different kinds of curry, not including their specials as well as a variety of Thai noodles that just hit the spot.
Address: 812 N 2nd St | Philadelphia, PA 19123 (267) 687-1309