Looking Ahead to 2016: Restaurants

1. Suga 1720 Sansom Street, Philadelphia
Cuisine: Chinese
Opening: January 2016
Chef Susanna Foo makes a grand re-entry into the Philly dining scene with a modern Chinese eatery on Sansom Street. Guests can also indulge in traditional teas, fresh cocktails and carefully selected wines.

 

2. Bar Hygge 1720 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia
Cuisine: Beer, Brewpub
Opening: Winter 2016
The crew behind Earth Bread + Brewery takes a Northern European detour with this brewpub in Spring Garden. Behind the bar there will be six house beers, draft wines and rotating guest beers, along with shareable “boards” of eats.

 

3. The Little Lion 241 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
Cuisine: American, New American
Opening: January 2016
Old City’s historically inspired bistro. On the menu: American eats, including house-cured and pickled delicacies, 16 craft beer taps and draft cocktails.

 

4. Hungry Pigeon 743 S. Fourth Street, Philadelphia
Cuisine: American
Opening: Winter 2016
All day dining comes to Fabric Row courtesy of chef Scott Schroeder and chef Pat O’Malley, with a focus on approachable food and fresh-baked bread. Think coffee, pastries, vegetable-forward entries and draft wine!

 

5. Double Knot 120 S 13th Street, Philadelphia
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
Opening: Winter 2016
Michael Schulson’s concept for a new 13th Street eatery combines the best of two worlds: Japanese fare and high-end cafe. On the ground floor, customers will find the coffee and curio items for sale during the day; at night, a full-service bar on street level and a subterranean sushi bar and robatayaki restaurant can be found downstairs.

 

6. Fishtown Social 1523 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia
Cuisine: American, Small Plates
Opening: January 2016
A cozy local spot with a unique selection of wine and beer, accompanied by small plates and snacks.

 

7. Keen 1708 Lombard Street, Philadelphia
Cuisine: American
Opening: Early 2016
Keen is based upon a simple, green-based concept, no foam, no sous vide, no tricks. Keen is looking to bring back hospitality, comfort and less pricey dishes, as affordability is missing in the local restaurant scene. Along with offering American cuisine and homey dishes, it aims to be nifty and not snooty.

 

8. Revolution Taco 2015 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
Cuisine: Mexican
Opening: Open Now
Offering burritos, burrito bowls, and of course tacos, this casual spot has the potential to become a new neighborhood favorite. The owners also run several food trucks, and fare is similar to that type of high end street food.

 

9. Perla 1535 S 11th Street, Philadelphia
Cuisine: Filipino
Opening: Spring 2016
Always-bustling East Passyunk Avenue will welcome Philly’s first Filipino restaurant in some time, courtesy of Pelago pop-up chef Lou Boquila. The BYOB will feature a nightly tasting menu.

 

10. Restaurant Ambra 705 S. 4th Street, Philadelphia
Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar
Opening: 2016 TBD
Beloved Queen Village eatery Southwark will become Restaurant Ambra. The focus will shift to Italian wines and small plates while the new concept will keep the cozy neighborhood vibe.

 

11. Brewery ARS 1927-1929 West Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia
Cuisine: Beer, Brewery
Opening: Spring 2016
Craft brewing arrives in West Passyunk with the imminent launch of Brewery ARS. The facility will mostly be devoted to brewing, but owners hope to open up a small tasting room and offer tours.

 

12. Saté Kampar 1837 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia
Cuisine: Malaysian
Opening: 2016 TBD
Coming to Philadelphia is Saté Kampar, a restaurant specializing in one of Malaysia’s most popular street foods: Saté.