Yanako’s sweet shrimp and asparagus on mountain potato.

Blue Belly BBQ
From the ever-talented (and pork-loving) chef Gene Giuffi of Cochon comes this lunch and dinner spot in Bella Vista. Complete with counter service, picnic tables, and friendly waitstaff, this casual barbecue eatery puts a twist on its menu: Along with traditional favorites like pulled pork and ribs, the chef will focus on “World BBQ” dishes like jerk chicken, sandwiches, and lamb barbacoa. 600 Catharine St., 215-238-0615

The Cambridge
Whether seeking an upscale meal of charred octopus or just in the mood for a classic Reuben, this South Street bar and eatery is a best bet. The cozy, rustic interior is stocked with statement pieces that give the place a distinct vibe, as well as a bar that serves up an intriguing cocktail menu. 1508 South St., 267-455-0647

Citron and Rose
From David Magerman and chef Michael Solomonov, known for his twist on modern Israeli cooking at Zahav, comes this glatt kosher European-Jewish restaurant. Following with Jewish tradition, cocktails, wines, and beers are also kosher, and on- and off-site catering is available. 368-370 Montgomery Ave., Narberth, 610-664-4919

This former South Philly BYOB reopens in November with a new location, a beverage program, and a larger space. The modern American eatery, featuring dishes like yellowfin tuna tartare and beef flat-iron, also hopes to host a weekend brunch. Staying true to its roots, however, guests will be encouraged to bring their own bottle Tuesdays through Thursdays. 1537 S. 11th St., 215-551-5000

Grand Lux Cafe
Here, the name says it all. The brainchild of the founders of The Cheesecake Factory, this Cherry Hill sister eatery takes it up a notch. With ample seating surrounded by a rich interior, Grand Lux offers fresh seafood, burgers, pasta, pizza, steak and even a weekend brunch, complete with signature cocktails, wine, and Champagne. Cherry Hill Mall, Cherry Hill, NJ, 856-486-7232

Jane G’s
Chestnut Street welcomes a high-end Chinese restaurant, the namesake to owner Jane Guo. Items on the expansive menu range from small plates, like the oyster shooters, to salads, entrees, and a raw bar. Pasta and rice dishes, like the mango fried rice with shrimp, also make an appearance. 1930 Chestnut St., 215-563-8800

Pure Tacos
Fresh, gluten-free Mexican fare hits Philadelphia with the newest outpost of the Ocean City, NJ, eatery. Patrons have been flocking to the Jersey Shore since 2010 for a taste of its authentic, high-quality tacos, nachos, and salads. Some of the true specialties at Pure Tacos, however, are the seemingly endless variety of salsas, including a fruity, habanero spicy version, and the fresh housemade guacamole. 1935 Chestnut St., 215-496-9393

Spice 28
Dark, sharply cut wood with neon highlights, futuristic paneled walls, and a menu that offers a new twist on Szechuan cuisine are just a few of the unique touches at Spice 28. This is not your average chopsticks-and-sake joint—here, dishes like drunken noodles, blue crab fajitas, and pineapple fried rice sit alongside traditional-style entrees. 1228 Chestnut St., 215-928-8880

Decadent Japanese cuisine comes in its finest form here at the hands of chef Moon Krapugthong. Located directly on Manayunk’s busy Main Street, Yanako serves up fresh sushi in a pretty but relaxed environment. The BYOB and takeout options make this place the perfect choice for a group dinner with friends. 4255 Main St., Manayunk, 267-297-8151

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