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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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  • New Delhi

    Philadelphia’s oldest Indian restaurant

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

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  • Pho Cafe Saigon

    A bowl full of flavor

    Inexpensive pho and Vietnamese entrees entice people at this understated restaurant.

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  • Pho Ha

    Amazing soup lies behind an unassuming storefront

    Located in a super-busy Asian shopping center, Ha is one of South Philly’s most popular stops for pho, soul-affirming Vietnamese noodle soups.

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  • Pho Ta

    One of the few Asian restaurants in the area that serves liquor, Pho Ta does its namesake soup well, but the huge menu’s got something for everybody (including vegetarians).

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  • Pod

    Superb sushi and dim sum in a spectacular space

    Pod

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

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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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  • 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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  • Sampan

    A modern Asian restaurant by Michael Schulson in Philadelphia’s Midtown Village

    Sampan

    Chef and charismatic television star Michael Schulson returns to Philadelphia with the opening of Sampan, a modern Asian restaurant where he serves the acclaimed cuisine that has made him one of the country’s highly sought-after culinary talents.

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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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  • Sawatdee

    A new Thai restaurant for the Graduate Hospital neighborhood

    The neon green interior may be the first thing people notice about this cozy Thai BYOB, but it’s not the last. They come back to taste the mix of dishes and take advantage of the $10 three-course lunches.

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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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