French cuisine and small plates take charge under one roof.
What happens when you combine Philadelphia history and Parisian culture? Chez Ben, an all-day French bistro and coffee bar concept that shares its square footage (and ownership) with M.Brown’s, a new cocktail bar that focuses on aged spirits. “Chez Ben is sophisticated, but also has a laid-back neighborhood vibe. It’s French cuisine with a modern twist, and a nod to Philadelphia’s boldness,” says Michele DiPietro, director of restaurant and bars, of the new Old City concept named after native son Benjamin Franklin. Contemporary riffs on tarte flambées and moules frites are highlights, along with a variety of small plates and a drink menu that spans by-the-glass wines, aperitif cocktails, La Colombe coffee, fresh juices and smoothies. Take a window seat to people-watch along Chestnut Street, the very same where Franklin once roamed. 400 Chestnut St., 215.931.4260, chezbenbistrophilly.com