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1225 Raw Sushi & Sake Lounge

Innovative Asian cuisine and a sizzling dance floor

The courtyard at Raw, a popular weekend and post-work hangout every summer. Credit: 1225 Raw Sushi & Sake Lounge

Description

Midtown Village is one of Philadelphia’s hippest neighborhoods, thanks to its diverse and eclectic, shopping dining and nightlife options. Within a few blocks of each other, you’ll find places like Lolita, Bindi, El Vez, Vintage, Tria, Mercato, Vallani, Sailor Jerry, McGillins, Fergie’s, Ludwig’s and Woody’s.

Raw undeniably adds to the appeal and to the diversity. The modern sushi and sake restaurant and lounge has become a popular spot for exotic cocktails, delicious Asian cuisine and a lively nightlife scene.

Raw even recently got a nod from The New York Times, who noted the restaurant’s sakes, extensive wine list and chic, innovative design as obvious reasons why it would be worth a visit.

Cuisine

Choosing one entrée or group of sushi rolls at Raw can be a somewhat daunting task. Each menu option reveals an innovative, flavorful realization of a classic Japanese dish — shrimp tempura is topped with almonds; salmon teriyaki joins the usual chicken and beef; and the Kobe beef carpaccio is flavored with wasabi dressing and Asian pears.

Raw also designs its own sushi creations. Try the salmon hako, consisting of salmon, eel, avocado and plum sauce in a bamboo frame, or the kingdom of eel roll, in which your standard California roll is wrapped in eel and drizzled with eel sauce.

The sake menu is no less creative or impressive. An extensive selection of the rice-based libation is imported from Japan, with more than 30 varieties of dry, smooth, floral and aromatic sakes available in both economy and top-shelf price ranges.

Regardless of your preference, trust us, Raw has all the ingredients necessary for a very good time.

Atmosphere

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

Inside, modern Japanese lamps float down from a bamboo ceiling, creating a soft glow on suede couches and hardwood floors.

Deep red, orange and gold walls provide warmth to the dining rooms, while a 15-foot-long glass bar sits atop a green tile wall for an artfully sophisticated lounge area.

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