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Asian Restaurants

The diverse styles and flavors of Asian cuisine flourish throughout Philadelphia and The Countryside. From Chinatown to South Philadelphia to the Main Line, you can find mouth-watering fare in a variety of places, from unassuming neighborhood storefronts to chic, downtown destinations.

So whether you’re in the mood for delicate har gow shrimp dumplings, melt-in-your-mouth tuna rolls, perfectly balanced banh mi, savory lemongrass soup, a spicy bowl of pho tái or sweet mango lassis, you’ll find countless choices for a delicious Asian meal while you’re here in Greater Philadelphia.

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  • Pod

    Superb sushi and dim sum in a spectacular space


    Philadelphia’s renowned restaurateur Stephan Starr is behind Pod, a popular and stylish pan-Asian restaurant in University City.

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  • Morimoto

    The Iron Chef’s first American restaurant


    The restaurant’s namesake and head chef, Morimoto (of Food Network’s Iron Chef fame), has created a menu offering the very best in contemporary Japanese cusine. While regulars flock here for the exquisitely prepared sushi, Morimoto offers diners a broad spectrum of flavors that delve beyond nigiri and sashimi.

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  • Buddakan

    Where creativity and cachet loom large


    A towering gilded statue of the Buddha generates elegant calm in this 175-seat, Pan Asian restaurant from restaurateur Stephen Starr

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  • Reading Terminal Market

    America’s oldest farmers’ market

    Delicious Pennyslvania Dutch pies and baked goods? Yes, please.

    Established in 1892 at 12th and Arch Streets, Reading Terminal is the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market. Today, this indoor foodie paradise is a one-stop shop for everything from local produce and meats to artisanal cheeses and incredibly delicious desserts and baked goods. It’s also home to the “best sandwich in America.”

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  • Banana Leaf

    Malaysian, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese and Thai flavors at a Chinatown BYOB

    Crispy spicy fried squid is just one of the many varied dishes offered at Banana Leaf.

    A casual but funky atmosphere complements the Malaysian cuisine with Thai and Indian accents at Banana Leaf. A great alternative to an Italian BYOB, this Chinatown hotspot will meet all of your dinner group needs, from a date to a full-sized party.

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  • Indeblue

    Fresh, modern Indian cuisine in Midtown Village

    Chicken korma at Indeblue in Midtown Village.

    Located in Philadelphia’s popular Midtown Village neighborhood, Indeblue a plush bistro/bar serving freshly conceived modern Indian cuisine.

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  • Han-Wool Restaurant

    Easily accessible Japanese-Korean cuisine

    A mix of Japanese and Korean cuisine is served at this centrally located eatery, attracting students and university faculty alike.

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  • Han Dynasty

    Popular for fiery flavors and traditional Schezuan dishes

    Rated one of the top 50 Chinese restaurants in America by CNN, built its reputation on its tasting menu and bold combinations. The menu helpfully assigns a spice level to each entrée, which can be altered to patrons’ tastes.

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  • Sang Kee Noodle House

    Delicious dumplings and fantastic noodles

    Dumplings, noodles and more are served inside the sleek dining room or outside on the expansive patio. Those in need of a refreshing snack can try fresh fruit smoothies and bubble tea flavors.

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  • Tandoor India

    BYOB and all-you-can-eat Indian cuisine

    This casual Indian restaurant with an all-you-can-eat buffet also has an à-la-carte menu that includes all the traditional favorites at very reasonable prices.

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  • Tampopo

    Bento boxes and rice bowls in West Philly

    Tampopo’s second location brings West Philadelphia diners a range of Japanese and Korean cuisine, including sushi, bento boxes, soups and noodle and rice dishes, all at reasonable prices.

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  • Ramen Bar

    Nuts for noodles

    A big, modern ramen-ya, or ramen restaurant, located on Locust, this is the spot if you’re craving authentic Japanese noodle soups, plus other snacks of the pan-Asian persuasion.

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  • Mizu Sushi Bar

    Sushi that is a cut above

    Trained sushi chefs use only the freshest ingredients to make their high-quality maki, nigiri, salads and soups.

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  • New Delhi

    Philadelphia’s oldest Indian restaurant

    Established in 1988, it’s the oldest Indian restaurant in the city.

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  • Kabobeesh

    A carnivore’s dream

    This carnivore’s dream dishes out inexpensive and spicy beef skewers and quail in a restaurant that observes all Muslim dietary laws. The cooks at Kabobeesh, the oldest halal eatery in the city, authentically prepare the meat over a charcoal grill.

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  • Desi Village

    Just the right spice

    Spices—and lots of them—define this cozy Indian spot, dishing out traditional cuisine with tons of flavor. Regulars swear by the restaurant’s signature dish, the chicken tikka masala.

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  • Desi Chaat House

    From mild to wild

    Fried dough, spices and fillings make up the basis for chaat, a popular Indian snack and the foundation for this casual restaurant. The 10 different variations include ingredients like cashews, melon seeds, yogurt, green curry and noodles with wildly divergent sauces, fruits, vegetables and meats.

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  • Sitar India Restaurant

    All-you-can-eat Indian cuisine

    Sitar has something for every palate on its all-you-can-eat buffet, filled with plenty of healthy and vegetarian options.

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