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A new trend is spreading across Philadelphia — restaurants are discovering diners’ heavy affection for small plates. This type of cusine generally encourages sharing and allows you to sample many more dishes than you would normally.

And better yet: many of these restaurants specialize in atypical flavors and adventurous ingredients. From pinxtos and tapas to contemporary American “snacks,” the selection is quite mouthwatering. Make a reservation as soon as you can.

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  • Square 1682

    A New American restaurant with world flavors at the Hotel Palomar

    Square 1682 at Hotel Palomar Philadelphia

    Hotel Palomar welcomes a New American restaurant with world flavors, amazing cocktails and an Art Deco decor

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  • Tinto

    Small plates from the Basque country arrive near Rittenhouse Square

    Tinto by Iron Chef Jose Garces

    Tinto, the second restaurant from Iron Chef Jose Garces, showcases the extraordinary tastes of the Basque country, the coastal and mountainous region that blurs the lines of demarcation between Spain and France.

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  • Bar Ferdinand

    True tapas and authentic Spanish drinks star in Northern Liberties

    A hip tapas bar with delicious yet affordable food and drinks

    A hip tapas bar with delicious yet affordable food and drinks

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  • Tria – Wine Beer & Cheese Café

    Dedication to fermentation

    Tria in Washington Square West

    What’s your addiction: fine wine, artisan cheese or craft beer?

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  • Village Whiskey

    Jose Garces tackles the classic American spirit, with bar snacks to match

    Village Whiskey by Iron Chef Jose Garces

    Located in a Rittenhouse Square space evoking the free-wheeling spirit of a speakeasy, Village Whiskey is prolific Chef Jose Garces’ intimate, 30-seat tribute to the time-honored liquor.

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  • Supper

    Seasonal American cuisine in an “urban farmhouse” setting

    Supper

    The restaurant’s seasonal, American cuisine is delivered in intriguingly crafted, sensational small plates.

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  • Tavern 17

    Putting a modern spin on the classic tavern with artisan flights and bites

    Tavern 17

    Located in the first floor of the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, Tavern 17 puts a modern spin on the classic tavern with artisan “flights and bites.”

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  • Amada

    Iron Chef Jose Garces’ first Philadelphia restaurant

    Amada by Iron Chef Jose Garces

    At Old City’s Amada, chef Jose Garces has created the city’s grandest tapas restaurant, complete with a wall of wooden sangria casks, cured hams and cheeses hanging over the main bar and a menu that ranges from traditional — tortilla espanola, Spanish olives, warm fava bean salad — to edgy — foie gras flatbreads and artichoke and spinach empanadas.

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  • High Street on Market

    Freshly made artisanal breads and season ingredients from the team behind Fork

    The house-baked breads of High Street on Market.

    Since opening in the fall of 2013, High Street on Market by the team from Fork has garnered praise for serving high-quality fare and innovative baked goods.

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  • FringeArts

    Permanent home for progressive performing arts on the Delaware River Waterfront

    The permanent home of FringeArts on the Delaware River Waterfront.

    FringeArts, formerly known as the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe, now has a permanent home for the arts on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • M Restaurant at the Morris House Hotel

    Locally sourced American cuisine in a historic setting

    The outdoor courtyard at M Restaurant.

    Step through the wrought iron gates of the M Restaurant at the Morris House Hotel in Center City and you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to the south of France.

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  • Gia Pronto

    Sip and sit at this Italian cafe

    Outfitted as a retro-modern, all-natural Italian cafe, Gia Pronto satisfies its customers with its leafy salads, crisp panini and steaming hot espresso. All ingredients are free-range, hormone-free and never fried.

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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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  • Redwood

    From the team behind the nearby Copabanana comes Redwood, a smart wine bar that serves a specialized selection of small plates and vino-friendly bites.

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  • Random Tea Room and Curiosity Shop

    Indulge your curiosities

    The international brews at this charming little cafe include 40 different artisanal teas and house-blended herbal infusions.

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  • Popolino

    Rome if you want to

    Chef Peter McAndrews, who also has Modo Mio in NoLibs, interprets Roman cuisine at his BYOB on Fairmount Avenue.

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  • Ortlieb’s Lounge

    Former jazz hotspot brings the funk back

    A former jazz-only haven, the revived Ortlieb’s stages a new entertainment lineup, featuring live rock, soul, funk and, of course, jazz.

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  • Jet Wine Bar

    A popular wine bar on South Street West

    Wine connoisseurs feel right at home at Jet Wine Bar, which features vino from around the globe along with a revolving menu of small plates of meats, cheeses and sandwiches.

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