Not too long ago, Old City was synonymous with little more than drinking to excess and letting the whole world know it from your swaying street-corner outside the bar. But great dining and grown-up imbibing are alive and well in Philly's most historic neighborhood--and have been for longer than you may realize--as these destinations prove.
Hearty Italian classics, service that will make you feel like a regular (even if it's your first visit), and a decor that shelters you perfectly from the craziness outside: This is the quintessential Philly Italian BYOB.
Cuba Libre is proof that fun food and serious food need not be mutually exclusive. Here, a great atmosphere and stellar preparations coexist beautifully. Just don't over-do it with the cocktails, though that's a difficult rule to follow here...the mojitos are epic.
Go for the wings, stay for the great selection of beer, and become a regular for the flat-out comfort of it all.
There's a reason that Bistro 7 has become such a beloved institution in the city: Chef Michael O'Halloran is one of the top chefs in the region. His food, deeply personal and rooted in the classics yet always creative, is nothing short of fantastic.
Easily among the best, most authentic Chinese restaurants in the region. Imagine all the other Szechuan food you've had, multiply it by 100, and you're just getting close.
This isn't your run of the mill cheese shop: From elegant sandwiches and soups to a courtyard in the back perfect for pairing your own bottle of wine with a cheese plate, Wedge and Fig is a great destination no matter where in the city you live.