Philadelphia's food scene is elevated with redesigns, second locations, and brand-new concepts from renowned Philly chefs.
Bank & Bourbon’s rustic roasted baby carrots with yogurt chipotle pepper, honey pistachios, and toasted quinoa.
Esteemed chef George Sabatino started his culinary quest in Philadelphia eight years ago; and he worked everywhere from Monk’s Café and Lolita to Bindi and Barbuzzo. The chef is now taking his talents to Rittenhouse Square with the opening of Aldine. Located in Noche’s old home, the second-floor space will feature a full bar and chef-driven menu, with everything from the lamb loin to the soda prepared with a back-to-basics, artisanal approach. 1901 Chestnut St., no phone at presstime
Bank & Bourbon
Located in the iconic Loews Philadelphia Hotel, this new restaurant has a rustic, neighborhood vibe. “I like to challenge myself, and I want to serve great food that complements the cool, relaxed décor of the restaurant,” says Executive Chef Thomas Harkins, who created the seasonally changing menu with ready-to-pair bourbon offerings. 1200 Market St., 215-231-7300
Borgata Baking Company Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s newest addition to its dining repertoire is the Borgata Baking Company, a sweet concept led by ThaddeusDuBois, executive pastry chef and former White House pastry chef. Savor indulgent éclairs and artfully designed cake pops or try the bounty of housemade gelato flavors. 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, 609-317-1000
From the husband-and-wife duo who brought us Jet Wine Bar and Rex 1516 comes CaféYnez, a Mexico City–themed diner helmed by Executive Chef JCPina. Jill Weber and Evan Malone’s third restaurant will be BYOB and feature Mexican favorites, including tacos, burritos, and seasonal soups. 2025 Washington Ave., 215-278-7579
Crow & the Pitcher
Rittenhouse’s newest addition will boast American cuisine prepared using haute-French techniques alongside a relaxed décor. Chef Alex Capasso creates a hearty menu full of everything from steak to perfectly al dente ravioli. 267 S. 19th St., 267-687-2608
La Colombe Distillery
Since its founding 20 years ago, La Colombe has become a staple in Philadelphia’s coffee scene. With cafés opening all over the country, the homegrown locale continues to pay homage to Philly with its new Fishtown rum distillery. Patrons will be able to watch the distilling process through a glass window while enjoying the on-site café, bakery, and bar. 1335 Frankford Ave., 215-426-2011
Almost 10 years after its opening, the Mexican street food–inspired spot has been upgraded with a bevy of new options. “We’re excited for our guests to experience the new look of Lolita,” says Marcie Turney, who owns the restaurant with her partner and fellow pioneering restaurateur, Valerie Safran, “especially with the addition of the full bar now that we have a liquor license as well as a new menu.” 106 S. 13th St., 215-546-7100
Society Executive Chef Yun Fuentes creates a menu inspired by the flavors of our state amid casual, tavern-esque décor. All ingredients are sourced from the nearby Headhouse Farmers Market, and à la carte and multicourse tasting options are available. 400 S. Second St., 267-273-1434
The upscale pizza joint opened its second location in University City’s Chestnut Square. “Like the original, [this location] will be the kind of restaurant where you can feel the energy from the street,” says owner Greg Dodge. The menu will be expanded and include new soon-to-be-signature pizzas and handmade pastas with a lengthy list of spirits and wines. 3200 Chestnut St., 215-823-6897