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Intimate East Passyunk location for Top Chef winner


Laurel, an East Passyunk BYOB by Top Chef winner Nicolas Elmi. Credit: M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia


Philadelphia’s East Passyunk neighborhood is proud to welcome a Top Chef to the neighborhood. Chef Nicholas Elmi, winner of Top Chef New Orleans, continues his winning-streak with the modern French-influenced American BYOB Laurel.

The intimate, 26-seat restaurant serves as a blank canvas for Elmi’s culinary creativity, allowing him focus on a highly edited menu of just over a dozen dishes. Highlights on the menu include a fresh ricotta gnocchi with pancetta, a favorite of Elmi’s daughter and Top Chef judges, and a torn New Jersey Scallop served with gold apple.

Guests can expect personal, friendly service in the simple-yet-beautiful restaurant space.

Recently, Philadelphia Inquirer food critic Craig LaBan gave Laurel three bells, describing Elmi’s torn New Jersey scallop as, “a gorgeous, refreshing, and elegant dish – complex, but in perfect tune.”

Hours and Reservations

Laurel is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday at 5 p.m.

Be sure to plan your visit well in advance, as Laurel’s small size and growing popularity make it one of the harder reservations to get in Philadelphia.

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1617 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148

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