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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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  • Spring Garden Market

    Spectacular Asian grocery with ingredients of all kinds

    This well-stocked and spotless grocery is NoLibs’ favorite place for all manner of Asian groceries, meat, produce and treats.

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  • Tamarind

    Thai done right

    Long a neighborhood favorite, this Thai BYO has always done it right, judging by the long waits on weekend nights (get in early).

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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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  • 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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  • Tiffin

    On-the-go, quality Indian cuisine

    Many Philadelphians swear by the food at Tiffin’s six BYOB locations in and around the city, and the Northern Liberties spot is no exception. Run by a Wharton MBA, Tiffin prides itself on carefully curated dishes, such as the Malai Kofta and vegetarian meatballs in a cashew sauce.

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  • Trio

    Asian fare from three friends

    Opened in 2006 by three friends, Trio is a Thai-inspired, Pan Asian paradise. In addition to three floors of dining, it offers a takeout/delivery menu, so fans can eat drunken noodles in the comfort of their homes.

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  • Twenty Manning Grill

    Style and substance on the Square

    Twenty Manning

    Pan Asian fare and a sleek, minimalist style make this restaurant and lounge an ideal Rittenhouse retreat

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  • Umai Umai

    Roll with it

    Its name a Japanese exclamation reserved for only the most delicious bites of food, Umai has been keeping local sushi fanatics enthralled for years.

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  • Vientiane Café

    Thai BYOB serving delicious dishes in Cedar Park

    Prices are reasonable and portions are generous at this family-run BYOB that features Thai and Lao cuisine. Owners claim vegetarians “go nuts” for the naam salad, consisting of crispy rice with coconut flakes, herbs and lemongrass, all wrapped in lettuce.

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