Food & Drink

Silk City

Part diner, part bar and part dance club

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Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia
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Overview

Illuminating a stretch of Spring Garden Street with the neon lighting from its first incarnation as a diner, Silk City has quickly become one of Philadelphia’s most popular destinations since reopening in 2007.

It’s even gotten the attention of the New York Times, which called the place “the hottest party in town.”

Silk City can be described as a diner/restaurant/bar/beer garden/nightclub hybrid — the kind where you can get beer (or mojitos) and a burger, then spend the rest of the night dancing to your favorite guilty pleasure tracks from the ’90s.

 

 

The Experience

It’s important to recognize immediately that Silk City does not serve your typical diner food – it’s a veritable destination for dinner even if you have no interest in dancing afterward.

While you can order diner staples like a roast beef or a grilled cheese sandwich, they are modern variations on classics that will not disappoint.

You will also be tempted by more gourmet options — like duck and mushroom spring rolls, pulled pork empanadas and the much-praised Thai chili glazed ribs.

Consider ordering the “Ultimate BLT” loaded with wild boar bacon, crisp lettuce and the very rare fried green tomato.

Don’t worry about counting calories — you can dance off the sandwich after dinner.

Brunch at Silk City is complete with spicy and flavorful huevos rancheros, crab and avocado omelets and an impressive array of microbrews.

Silk City has matured from a milkshake-fueled classic diner to a hip nightlife spot with specialty cocktails, breakdancing and an all-star cast of DJs.

With parties, events and drink specials nearly every night of the week, there’s always a reason to get your dance on.

The nightclub features red and neon lighting, a black-and-white tile floor and dance moves you haven’t seen since 1986.

The space is decorated with black light paintings and disco ball chandeliers, while mosaics made from broken glass and tea cups make for an artistic front entrance.

With a bright, 1950s-style facade, Silk City is just as much fun to look at as it is to enter.

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