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  • 1225 Raw Sushi & Sake Lounge

    Innovative Asian cuisine and a sizzling dance floor

    1225 Raw Sushi & Sake Lounge

    Located in Philadelphia’s original Stetson Hat Company building, Raw exudes the hip charm of the Washington Square area.

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  • Ba Le Bakery

    Viet hoagie time

    A huge and almost unfairly cheap selection of banh mi, or Vietnamese sandwiches, are what Ba Le is best-known for, but they also brew a mean bubble tea and fry up some killer sesame-studded Viet doughnuts and pastries.

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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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  • Buddakan

    Where creativity and cachet loom large

    Buddakan

    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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  • Cafe Diem

    Better for bun

    A teeny family-owned alternative to the many enormous Vietnamese soup parlors in the area, Diem simmers up what might be the city’s best bun bo hue, a pho alternative for lovers of funk and spice.

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  • Cafe Nhu Y

    Sandwich artists

    Craving a banh mi, or Vietnamese hoagie? The family behind Nhu Y does ‘em fresh daily at crazy-low prices.

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  • Circles Contemporary Thai Cuisine

    Enjoy the spicy flavors of Thailand

    A more upscale version of its South Philly restaurant, Circles delivers Pad Thai, curry and fried rice dishes with varying degrees of heat—from mild to Thai hot and everything in between.

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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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  • 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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  • Doma

    Sophisticated sushi

    Korean tacos at Doma.

    Korean and Japanese cooking meets and mingles at Doma, a sophisticated neighborhood BYO sushi parlor.

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  • Ekta Indian Cuisine

    A naan lovers delight

    Vegetarians and meat eaters alike find a lot to love at this Indian bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) restaurant.

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  • Grill Fish Cafe

    Catch of the day

    While neighboring sister business Vietnam Cafe turns out dozens of dishes from the motherland, the adjoining Grill Fish has a much narrower focus: simple seafood dishes from the Vietnamese coast.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Indian Restaurant

    Graduate Hospital’s go-to restaurant for delicious Indian fare

    This BYOB delivers what its name promises. The staff is attentive; the menu is fresh, healthy and vegetarian-friendly; and the portions are perfect for leftovers.

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  • Izumi

    Stylish spot for super sushi and small plates

    The owners of nearby restaurant Paradiso created South Philly’s answer to posh sushi spots. The richly appointed Japanese bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot looks out to the Singing Fountain, where diners can eat in the warm-weather months. Though the extensive menu pleases all sushi lovers, the inventive small-plate specialties like rock shrimp tempura draw adventurous diners.

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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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  • Khmer Kitchen

    True Cambodian

    This area has a large Cambodian population, and their cuisine is well-represented by Khmer Kitchen, a small family-run BYO.

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  • King of Tandoor

    Casual, comfortable Indian BYOB

    KoT doesn’t limit itself by region, serving a mix of straight-up South Asian options in a casual BYO setting.

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  • Koi

    BYOB Bento

    The guests at this BYOB follow up a Bento box with a dish of fried green tea ice cream drizzled in chocolate at this popular sushi venue.

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  • Lemon Grass Thai Restaurant

    Reasonable prices and extraordinary flavors

    Imaginative Thai dishes alongside creative drinks and a reasonably priced lunch make this simply decorated restaurant a West Philly hotspot. Customers end their meals with fun ice cream flavors, including coconut, ginger, green tea and mango.

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  • Mekong River

    Viet soups, sweet setting

    Offering a more upscale and polished atmosphere than most nearby Vietnamese restaurants, Mekong does right by pho, roast quail, vermicelli noodle dishes and more.

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  • Meritage

    Fusion fare complemented by a spectacular wine list

    Meritage features a fusion menu dotted with signature dishes, such as the local favorite Korean fried chicken. Two seating areas, a bar and a wine list praised by both Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast round out the dining experience.

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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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  • Mood Cafe

    South Asian sweets

    Locals swear by the chaat—of which there are 15 variations—and the friendly service at Mood Café. The shaved ice is another popular pick at this mostly to-go favorite.

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  • Mood Cafe

    Major masala

    An offshoot of a West Philly favorite in the ground floor of the 444 building, Mood does chaat, tandoori barbecue and all manner of other Indian-American specialties.

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  • Morimoto

    The Iron Chef’s first American restaurant

    Morimoto

    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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  • Mustard Greens

    On-point Asian fare

    They’re beloved for their dumplings, but all the Chinese cooking at Mustard Greens is polished and inviting.

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  • My Thai

    The neighborhood’s go-to Thai spot in Graduate Hospital

    This lovingly decorated eatery has everything people expect of a Pad Thai restaurant: big portions, budget-friendly prices, friendly service and—be careful—very spicy dishes.

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