1. Grace and Proper
Italian Market

Grace & Proper gives South Philly a piece of European bar culture, big on vintage feels and upscale comforts. The space is all about seasonal drink specials, well-crafted classics, and other approachable provisions, all curated to make you feel like you're at a corner cafe in Lisbon. Help yourself to a meat and cheese plate with manchego and cured pork loin and tack on a few other dishes from a smattering array of delectable bites like burrata-topped meatballs, braised pork loin, and gruyere-fueled onion soup.

4. Jean-Georges
Center City

For the most fancy of occasions, consider a night of fine dining at this sky-scraping French restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The new restaurant is located on the 59th floor of the Four Seasons, right in the heart of Center City. Lofty views go with a lofty price tag of a $218 tasting menu, the likes of which includes six land and sea dishes like golden ossetra caviar and cured sea trout. The $198 “earth-based” selection is a vegetarian-friendly version that’s no less opulent.

5. Restaurant Aleksander

Slavic-inspired European dishes are the heart of Restaurant Aleksandar, which elevates an already-warm atmosphere with statement artwork and story-forward dishes. Chefs Montana Houston and Ja’mir Wimberly-Cole craft a menu of highbrow land, sea, and soil dishes with Slavic twists, like the braised Hungarian short rib made for two served with chermoula, mushroom conserva, and other seasonal additions. In addition to draught beers and wines by the bottle, you’ll also find unexpected craft cocktails like the 11:11 with gin, bergamot liqueur, cocchi rosa, and smoked lavender.

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