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The Best New Restaurants in the Philadelphia Area
Whether Chinese, Cuban, European, French, Hawaiian, Italian, or Japanese, Philly has a great new restaurant for you.

The Greater Philadelphia area is rapidly gaining a national reputation as a superb destination for fine dining experiences. Many of the region's restaurants have long been recognized by such nationally respected authorities as Gourmet magazine, Mobile Travel Guide and Zagat Surveys. These restaurants include The Fountain at the Four Seasons, ¡Pasión!, The Striped Bass, Susanna Foo, and Le Bec-Fin (which made national news when its Mobile five-star rating was reduced to four stars in 2000).

 Related Resources
• Philadelphia Area Dining Guide 
 Elsewhere on the Web
• Citysearch Philadelphia Restaurant Guide

Many new restaurants that further enhance the city's stature as a restaurant Mecca have opened in the last two years. Two of these new restaurants have recently been included by Condé Nast Traveler in its May 2002 list of the world's 50 top new restaurants: Alma de Cuba and Morimoto. Philadelphia Magazine's choices for the best four new restaurants are Avenue B, Django and Les Mas Perrier in addition to the aforementioned Alma de Cuba.

For those who have a affection for Hawaiian and Pacific Rim cuisine, you won't want to miss Roy's Philadelphia. For fans of Chinese food, Billy Wong's on 2nd Street is one of the best.

Let's take a quick look at some of these new restaurants. We're including links to user reviews for each, courtesy of Citysearch Philadelphia. Reviews for virtually any local restaurant can be found on Citysearch Philadelphia by using the partner box located on the upper right of each of our About Philadelphia pages.


Alma de Cuba
1623 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 988-1799
Fax: (215) 988-0807
The restaurant features modern Cuban cuisine inspired by the diversity of Cuban culture. Much of the menu consists of interpretations of traditional ethnic cooking. Developed by chef Douglas Starr (the godfather of nuevo latino cuisine) and Philly restaurateur Stephen Starr, the restaurant was chosen by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the 50 top new restaurants in the world.  user reviews
Avenue B
260 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 790-0705
Fax: (215) 790-0688
Veteran restaurateurs Neil Stein and Gabe Marabella own and operate Avenue B, directly across from the new Kimmel Center on the Avenue of the Arts. The menu offers modern Northern Italian cuisine with an international fusion. The restaurant was chosen by Philadelphia Magazine as one of the best new restaurants in Philadelphia.  user reviews
Billy Wong's
50 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 829-1128
Located behind the 2nd Street Lounge is one of the city's best new Chinese restaurants. Chef Billy Wong, formerly of Mustard Greens fame, features a menu of light flavors, crisp textures as well as most standard Chinese favorites.  user reviews
526 S. 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: (215) 922-7151
This BYOB restaurant named after '40s jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt is owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Bryan Sikora and Aimee Olexy. It features Sikora's own regional European cuisine. Selected by Philadelphia Magazine as one of the city's best new restaurants, reservations are a must at all times.  user reviews
Les Mas Perrier
503 Lancaster Ave.
Wayne, PA 19087
Phone: (610) 964-2588
Famed local restaurateur Georges Perrier, of Le Bec-Fin fame, has opened his first suburban restaurant which focuses on the cuisine of the Provence region of France. Complete with its own bread kitchen located in the basement, Les Mas Perrier was another choice of Philadelphia Magazine as one of the region's best new restaurants.  user reviews
723 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA
Phone: (215) 413-9070
Chef Masahuru Morimoto, of  TV's "Iron Chef" and New York City's Nobu restaurant fame has opened his own establishment here in Philadelphia. The development and opening of the restaurant is featured in an hour-long special shown frequently on the Food Network. The restaurant offers Morimoto's famous Japanese fusion cuisine and superb sushi.  user reviews
124-134 S. 15th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 988-1814
David Price, who has worked in several of Roy Yamaguchi's restaurants, serves as executive chef at Roy's Philadelphia. Yamaguchi is one of Hawaii's best known chefs, and his Hawaiian fusion cuisine is something that has long been needed in the Philadelphia area. There are now more than 25 Roy's locations extending from Tokyo to Hawaii and across the United States to this, their newest location.  user reviews

Do you have a restaurant review to submit? Drop me a line at philadelphia.guide@about.com.

Recommended Resources

Philadelphia Magazine
The only magazine devoted entirely to the Greater Philadelphia and South Jersey Area, Philadelphia Magazine is a must buy for area residents or anyone interested in what's going on in the region.

Condé Nast Traveler
One of the best magazines for anyone who loves to travel. Some of the world's best travel writers give you top tips and little-known secrets about the world's top travel destinations.

Zagat Survey: Philadelphia Restaurants 2001-2002
The local version of America's leading guides to restaurants and hotels as determined by you the consumer.

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