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

Fond
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

Yanako
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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