Philadelphia

5 Things to be Thankful for in Philadelphia

The holidays are here, and we have so many things to be thankful for, one of which is you! Thank you for using Reserve to explore spots you’ve never been to before and repeatedly eat at your favorites. A big thank you also goes out to our Philadelphia restaurant partners, the ones we’ve worked with from the start and the new ones we bring onto the app every week, who make all your occasions special and always bring something exciting to the table.

OLD FRIENDS (HIGH STREET ON MARKET – OLD CITY)

One of the first Reserve Philadelphia partners, High Street on Market offers rustic American fare (along with treats from the restaurant’s artisanal bakery) at any time of the day on breakfast, lunch, pre-theater and dinner menus. The casual award-winning restaurant features handmade loaves of bread and handcrafted charcuterie as staples. An open kitchen and simple decor ensure the cuisine takes center stage in the country-chic space.

NEW FRIENDS (ALDINE – CENTER CITY)

Aldine serves locally sourced, seasonal American fare, including vegan and gluten-free options, from Chef George Sabatino. The restaurant, a second-story walk-up with an open kitchen, abundance of windows and sleek wood finishings, boasts a chic, inviting atmosphere. Inventive cocktails, wines, craft beer and housemade sodas complement the fare.

SPECIAL MOMENTS (VOLVER – RITTENHOUSE SQUARE)

Inspired by award-winning Chef Jose Garces’ culinary world travels, Volvér serves ever-changing and market-driven 8- and 12-course chef’s tasting menus, making it the perfect spot for a memorable night. Helmed by Chef de Cuisine Natalie Maronski, the kitchen highlights various regional specialties — including locally raised meat, poultry and seafood — made with seasonal ingredients. While two distinct beverage pairing options are available with the 12-course tasting menu, the full bar also offers more than 50 bottles and 30 wines by the glass. 

NIGHTS OUT WITH FRIENDS (HAN DYNASTY – OLD CITY)

Han Dynasty serves traditional Szechuan cuisine under the direction of restaurateur Han Chiang. The spacious flagship location in Old City features high ceilings and large banquettes which create an energetic, social atmosphere. The restaurant’s two bars offer a variety of beers on tap, plenty of wine and an inspired cocktail list.

AMERICAN CUISINE (THE FAT HAM – UNIVERSITY CITY)

American cuisine has come a long way since the first Thanksgiving feast. At Kevin Sbraga’s second restaurant, The Fat Ham, the Top Chef winner prepares unique, Southern-inspired small plates. The list of seasonal, specialty barrel-aged cocktails and more than 120 different bourbons and whiskeys also takes its inspiration from the South. An eclectic collection of tableware, chairs and artwork keep the high-ceilinged, retro-rustic space as unexpected as the fare.

 

Happy dining,
Lisa Ganz, Reserve Philadelphia

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