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Aug 5 2013

New Food In Philadelphia's Gayborhood

Recent & Upcoming Additions Include Cupcakes, Red-Sauce Italian & Modern Indian Cuisine

Tucked inside the larger Midtown Village neighborhood, The Gayborhood has always been known as an enclave for lively nightspots and excellent restaurants. Now, with a new wave of openings, including chi-chi taverns, a biergarten/wursthouse, a second location for a popular Indian restaurant and the latest from 13th Street powerhouse couple Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, the dining and drinking scene here tastes better than ever. Here’s a look at some of the newest spots in the area where locals and visitor can get their food and drink on:

Coming Soon:

  • In August, Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran are taking Philadelphia back to its red-gravy roots with Little Nonna’s, the duo’s ode to lace curtains, sausage, stuffed shells and anything that can be doused in gravy. 1234 Locust Street, littlenonnas.com
  • Never ones to slow down, Turney and Safran are also revamping their popular contemporary Mexican bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot Lolita with a liquor license, new menu and a cute little bar for cocktails, to reopen this fall. 106 S. 13th Street, (215) 546-7100, lolitabyob.com
  • Nomad Pizza doubles down with a second location (name to be announced), this time focusing on Roman-style pies, to be open in October. 1305 Locust Street, nomadpizzaco.com

Upscale Eats:

  • Having already spiced up Collingswood, New Jersey, IndeBlue came to the city in June, bringing its modern interpretation of Indian cuisine—avocado chaat, pulled-pork samosa and chai sangria, served up in a warmly gilt-accented space. 205 S. 13th Street, (215) 545-4633, indebluerestaurant.com
  • At Pennsylvania 6, named for the oldest continuing phone number in New York City (based on the old telephone exchange name system), the atmosphere draws its inspiration from 1940s hotel dining rooms, and the upscale comfort food—duck-fat fries with lemon truffle aioli, lobster rolls and Duroc pork collar with cheddar grits—pair perfectly with the original cocktails and craft beers on offer. 114 S. 12th Street, (267) 639-5606, pennsylvania6philly.com

Casual Grub:

  • Modern American fare finds a home at The Tavern (formerly known as The Tavern on Camac), serving tuna tartare burgers with capers and white anchovies; kale chips with parmesan aioli; and shaved fennel salad, along with classic cocktails, local beers, wines by the glass and boozy popsicles. 243 S. Camac Street, (215) 545-1102, thetavernphilly.com

Suds & Other Sips:

  • Its black-vinyl banquettes and tin ceiling are a nod to the past, but Rosewood’s lineup of DJs and freshly made craft cocktails (old fashioneds; citrus vodka Rickeys; a bourbon and Aperol concoction called a Lannister) make this Woody’s spinoff a very modern enterprise.1302 Walnut Street, (215) 545-1893
  • Given the name, it’s no surprise that Brü is a biergarten with plenty of craft and international options, and the food—fried sausage plates, spaetzle, liverwurst on pumpernickel and caramelized apples with pretzel streusel—make for a Bavara-phile’s dream.
    1318 Chestnut Street, (215) 800-1079, bruphilly.com

Sweets, Treats & Light Bites:

  • Fairmount’s Philly Flavors has doubled its holdings with a second location in Midtown Village, scooping up generous portions of ice cream, all-natural water ice, frozen yogurt and fresh combinations thereof. 343 S. 13th Street, (267) 519-8982, phillyflavors.com
  • A successful truck eventually wants to put down roots, and Sweet Box cupcakes has found its bricks-and-mortar home on 13th Street, opened in May, where it doles out flavors like red velvet, snickerdoodle and strawberries and champagne. 339 S. 13th Street, (215) 237-4647
  • In May, popular ice cream parlor Scoop DeVille left its longtime location in Rittenhouse Square for 13th and Walnut Streets, where it serves its outrageous blends like Abbey Road (vanilla ice cream with Oreos, Golden Grahams and Nutella, topped with marshmallow fluff) on the other side of Broad. 1315 Walnut Street, (215) 988-9992, scoopdeville.com
  • The neighborhood’s newest, most convivial place to sip coffee and nibble on pastries, Toast pairs its eponymous staple with poached eggs, sandwiches and other light fare for breakfast and brunch. 1201 Spruce Street, (215) 821-1080, toastphilly.com

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