The menu at Tria Fitler Square, an offshoot of Center City’s popular wine cafés, serves up medium-sized plates ranging from braised beef short rib, handmade noodles and seafood dishes like trout and shellfish. For something lighter, there are also options such as salads and bruschettas to snack on. On Sunday they serve brunch dishes, like brioche french toast with candied hazelnut butter with strawberries and mint.
Address & phone number: 2227 Pine St Philadelphia, PA 19103 215-309-2245
Inspired by cuisine of the Jewish diaspora, Abe Fisher offers modernized small plates that have earned praise in Philadelphia’s culinary scene. Bringing life back into traditional Jewish dishes from Montreal, Brooklyn and Budapest, it is only in Rittenhouse where you can find such variety of the Diaspora. Chef-partners Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook have created multi-faceted dishes, including diced salami and eggs over shrimp fried rice in a reference to Chinatown’s special place in Jewish American culture. Even more surprising is the bacon layered in between chocolate mouse for dessert.
Address & phone number: 1623 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 215-867-0088
Considered one of the finest sushi restaurants in Philadelphia, Vic Sushi Bar is a shoebox-sized space that makes killer Japanese dishes. At this casual dining spot customers can watch Chef Jim as he skillfully makes dumplings or cuts up the sashimi. Fresh and delicious are words thrown around as an empirical fact when describing Vic. Perhaps it’s the for the freshly fried soft shell crab in the spider rolls or the simple touch of sauces, but overall, it’s a casual dining experience that will leave you relaxed.
Address & phone number: 2035 Sansom St Philadelphia, PA 19103 215-564-4339
Alma de Cuba is worth going to for its Havana atmosphere – upscale booths and lounge chairs accent the tiled and wooden floors as exotic lamps sets the mood in this swanky three-floor restaurant. Food highlights consist of the ceviche tasting menu or the modern spin of almond-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon with Cabrales blue cheese.
Address & phone number: 1623 Walnut St Philadelphia, PA 19103 215-988-1799
This Italian BYOB is well worth the price due to the high ratings from customers describing it as ‘authentic’ and the lines out the door on crowded nights. Founders Roman-born Gianluca Demontis and Rosemarie Tran cook up rustic Italian fare including wild boar ragu and Pappardelle Tartufate. At this Philadelphia hotspot, you will find distinct, new wave translations of classic Italian dishes like the pistachio spaghetti Carbonara with salted anchovies replacing pancetta, white truffle oil and raw egg yolk.
Address & phone number: 2010 Sansom St Philadelphia, PA 19103 215-875-8116