A trip to a vibrant city of Philadelphia with an impressive past and a fascinating future sounds fun. And there are no dearth of restaurants serving global cuisines across the city.
Here are my restaurant picks for you serving Asian fusion, Italian and Thai cuisines as requested.
Philadelphia (Source: vic15)
One specialty about Victor Cafe is that the waiters,waitresses,and even the bartender are all professional opera singers or training to be one,and they are all excellent as opera singers.Head here for the performances and for the old Philly ambiance.The menu changes frequently,with such choices as meat lasagna,two fresh fish offered daily,three types of veal (including a hefty veal chop), and a filet.Pastas here are homemade.This is a "must-go-to" dining experience!
Address: 1303 Dickinson St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-6213
Price Range: $31 - $40
Hours: Mon-Thurs 5-10pm; Fri 5pm-midnight; Sat 4:30-11pm; Sun 4:30-10pm
Here is a review:
Dined here last week and loved it. Great food and service but the opera singers througout the meal were amazing. The menu is not extensive but there is something for everyone...fish, meat, pasta. Adequate wine list. It's a casual cozy atmosphere. The only downside is with it being in south Philly the parking is on the street...which can be very tricky, we got lucky and found something less than a block away.
Buddakan has a giant, gilded Buddha lording over its communal dining table.This restaurant serves fantastic food and the atmosphere is both lively and pleasant.Many consider it an upscale nouveau chinese cuisine,small portions, a bit pricey,but worth the price.They also have an extensive cocktail list.
Buddakan (Source: star5112)
Address:325 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2614
Price range: Main courses $14-$31 lunch, $19-$40 dinner
Cuisines:Contemporary, Asian, Seafood, Pacific Rim, Eclectic
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30am-2:30pm and 5-11pm; Fri 11:30am-2:30pm and 5pm-midnight; Sat 5pm-midnight; Sun 4-10pm
Here is what a guest has to say:
First time dining at Buddakan. I went for lunch with a friend, taking advantage of the Restaurant Week Menu. The food was absolutely incredible. I had the Shrimp and Scallop Spring Roll, Chicken & Ginger Dumplings, Wasabi Tuna Tataki and Panna Cotta for dessert. At first, the portions of the three items making up the 'bento box' seemed a little small - but they were perfectly portioned and left me very satisfied. The dumplings were moist and delicious. The spring roll was flaky and extremely flavorful. The tuna was extremely fresh and nice hints of wasabi. My favorite part of the meal was the Panna Cotta (with white chocolate and passion fruit, raspberry foam) - probably one of the best desserts I've ever had. Light, extremely flavorful, and just incredible. The entire staff was very welcoming, friendly, and smiled a lot. The decor was interesting and the overall atmosphere was lively and exciting. I'd love to come back!
(Source: Buddakan - Olde City - Philadelphia, PA)
Nan Restaurant may not be as fancy looking as the newer places but this clean,white-tableclothed BYOB bistro is a truly nice place for a meal.Do not expect high end decor but if you want really flavorful,simple and extraordinarily good food then you must head here.They serve everything from crab cake,filet mignon,rhubarb/strawberry pie,thai salad,beet salad,organic rack of Lamb,spaghetini, pad thai etc.
Pad Thai (Source: ilovememphis)
Address: 4000 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3020
Price Range: Main courses $17-$29
Hours: Mon-Thurs11:30am-2:30pm and 5-10pm; Fri 11:30am-2:30pm and 5-10:30pm;Sat 5-10:30pm
Here is what a guest says:
I was hesitant because one reviewer trashed NAN. S/He must have had a horrible day/week/life. We went for a quiet birthday celebration. Chose NAN I was looking for good roast lamb. I called to ask and they said while not on the menu, it is a special almost every night. Best rack of lamb I've ever eaten! Sauces were t light and wonderful. Good portions of the entree. Lamb sauce was so simple-- in its own juice. I gnawed the bones! Salmon was in a red curry sauce that my husband raved about. We didn't bother with appetizers or salads--the entree was just right. The lamb a little pricey, but worth it. (Eat out at for 2 hohum chain restaurant meals and you've covered the cost.) Oh, of course, we did have dessert. Our hostess informed us that she makes all the desserts herself, so choice was difficult.. I had the pecan tart and it, too, was perfect! Not too sugary, very warm, tons of pecans and a good crust. Linen tablecloths, fresh rose at each table. Quiet setting. A party of 20 came in while we were there, but they did not distract from the lovely atmosphere. We will return in a heartbeat--we've found a treasure.
Well, not so long ago nightlife in Philadelphia was not as active and happening as it is now.Today the city offers fun ways to explore the city in the night.From cinema, clubs, festivals,concerts, gambling, the city has it all.
Here are my two club/bar picks for you in the city.
Philadelphia (Source: Jasen Miller)
Chris' Jazz Cafe is the bar to head to if you a fan of jazz. Tucked into three cozy rooms,this bar feels nearly clandestine.Chris's modestly hosts acts both big and small -- and somehow makes them all seem local.So head here for nothing else but some good music post dinner.
(Source: Martin Barland)
Address: 1421 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 215 568 3131
Cover: Cover $3-$30
Hours: Mon-Fri 11 am - 2 am Sat 6 pm - 2 am
Here is what a reviewer says:
The only reason this place gets graced with 4 stars is for the Jazz. The inside is a little cramped with a rustic low light feel. Navigating between tables is a talent and the bathroom is in a cubby hole. The food was good not great, with good crawl daddy's but under seasoned potatoes and corn served over newspaper, the desert was dissappointing beignets and a yucky cocktail. But I hardly noticed the food wasnt great because I was falling in love with the jazz, ended up grabbing the CD. Smooth and funky music, everyone playing seemed to have great personality and made the show with their little back and forths. Im a fan.
(Source: Philadelphia, PA)
Standard Tap is every beer lovers favourite.The pub is very local and has a super solid taplist. It is an awesome casual place to hang out.They have excellent regional/homegrown brews for good prices. And if you are not much of a beer drinker, they have a decent wine list too.And the juke box is very good too.
Tip:If you decide to head here,get there before the sun sets,sit outside on the upstairs deck,order a local brew and enjoy with the Philadelphia skyline in clear view.
Standard Tap (Source: Tom Ipri)
Address: 901 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123-2301
Hours: Mon-Fri 4 pm - 2 am Sat-Sun 11 am - 2 am
Here is a review:
Upon entering is a small L-shaped bar that can seat about fifteen opposite several small tables. A few windows allow a minimum of natural lighting - but hey you're not here to read. In the back is a warren of additional dining areas, much like the British pubs of yore. The only menu is on the chalkboard above the bar. The food, primarily seafood, was excellent, eclectic and much more than pub grub - unless you consider Duck Salad pub grub.While, the beer selection was not large (13 taps, including two hand-pumps), it was fresh, properly served, reasonably priced and strictly representative of the excellent regional breweries; the selection included: Sly Fox Dry Stout Troeg Brown Ale Flying Fish Stoudt's APA Victory Prima Pils Stoud's ESB Yard's Pale Ale Troeg Dreamweaver Wheat On cask was Yards ESA and Victory Hop Devil. Oh, and the Yards Pale was $3.00 a pint! No wonder this place gets great reviews, including this one.
So there are my picks of restaurants for you serving cuisines that you have requested for. Also have listed two bars and pubs for you in the city. I hope the options prove helpful for you. If you also need information on where to stay in the city then please mail back and I shall be happy to help.
Bon Appetit, and have a fabulous trip!
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