Now that indoor dining is allowed at some capacity, having trouble picking out where to dine this weekend? Metro has rounded up some picks for each neighborhood to help make your decision that much easier.
Midtown Village/Center City
Trademan’s, BRU Craft & Wurst, Kontrol and U-Bahn
Diners who are hanging out in the Center City area will be able to explore four concepts under one expanded roof for indoor dining. Tradesman’s, BRU Craft & Wurst, Kontrol and U-Bahn all come from Craft Concepts and will be offering a few tables for safely distanced indoor dining. Tradesman’s will open up on all floors including the main dining room, lounge and bar dining area, BRU will also be offering 50 seats while Kontrol and U-Bahn will be debuting seating for food for the first time. Trademan’s and Kontrol will be serving up a slew of BBQ favorites from Trademan’s menu including baby back ribs, pulled pork, fried shrimp, smoked wings, brisket tacos and much more, as well as their full bar selection. BRU and U-Bahn on the other hand will be offering German fare and dishes from BRU’s menu with choices spanning from a Bavarian pretzel, potato pancakes, currywurst, döner kebobs, a mixed wurst plate and much more along with their bar selection as well.
1320 Chestnut St.
Dim Sum House by Jane Gs
Those who want to head out to the West part of the city will be able to indulge in some dim sum fare from Jane G, who owns a few other popular establishments in the city including Jane Gs in Rittenhouse Square. For indoor dining, the West Philly eatery will be hosting up to 60 socially distanced seats while offering its expansive all-day, three-way dim sum menu and Chinese favorites. Menu highlights include some of the eatery’s signature dishes including pork soup dumplings, chicken siu mai, honey vinegar spare ribs, canton style lobster noodles, bao buns and more.
3939 Chestnut St., dimsum.house
The new Northern Liberties eatery opened its doors earlier this summer and will now be debuting indoor dining as well. The 2,800 square foot Mexican restaurant and tequila bar was originally setting sights on March to open, but the pandemic ultimately had them push it back. Highlighted menu items include duck enchiladas, pork belly tostada (with guacamole, tamarind soda glazed pork belly. tomatillo pico de gallo, cilantro crema, built on nixtamalized corn chips), octopus tostada (with taro root puree, octopus in chipotle, pickled red onions, built on taro root chips) a plethora of tacos (think chicken al pastor, blistered shishito pepper, crispy cauliflower and lamb barbacoa) and more. Beverage wise, the establishment will be serving up a spirited assortment of tequilas, margaritas, mezcal, raicilla, bacanora, specialty cocktails and sotol . However, the real draw will be the selection of agave spirits, which will feature some familiar favorites and also some lesser known, rare and premium offerings.
1001 N 2nd St., anejophilly.com
Harper’s Garden may have a picturesque outdoor area, but the indoor part of the establishment will also be offering its own views from their seating and from the menu as well. Dishes range from an NYC cheese board, market oysters, pan-roasted halibut, jerk marinated roasted chicken, summer corn ravioli, coconut and almond milk pot de creme and much more.
31 S 18th St., harpersgardenphilly.com
Jerry’s Bar in Northern Liberties has been ready as one of the first restaurants in the city to prepare for indoor dining, outfitting their dining room with safety precautions and is ready to welcome guests in to enjoy some of their upscale American fare. The gastropub will be offering their full menu with choices spanning from pierogies to pork Milanese to lobster stuffed shells plus beer, spirits, cocktails and wine all in their laid-back and comfortable atmosphere. When the pandemic first hit back in March, owner Bill Proud decided to close the doors of the eatery to re-vamp the bar for re-opening—and the additions included the $20,000 to $30,000 addition of plexi-walls.
129 W Laurel St., jerrysbarphilly.com
According to a release, Ellen Yin’s Old City hotspot will be offering one special occasion table in their front window for up to four people, in addition to three other four-tops spaced throughout the restaurant. Deposits will be required for the special occasion table, though other indoor tables can be utilized in the event of rain if not already booked. This seating is available in addition to Fork’s shaded and greenery-filled area available for walk-ins and reservations via Tock. Cumulatively, Fork boasts about 36 seats between indoor and outdoor and will be serving up their full menu with dishes including marinated baby beets, crab Louie, fried heirloom tomatoes and lobster, lemongrass veal sausage, oysters, dinner boxes and much more.
306 Market St., forkrestaurant.com