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The Latest Philly Bar and Restaurant Openings to Know

Tracking what’s new in the Philadelphia food scene 

Ocean Harmony

UNIVERSITY CITY — The team behind Jake’s Sandwich Board turned the University City location (125 S. 40th Street) into Hatch & Coop, swapping turducken sandwiches and pulled pork for buttermilk fried chicken breasts and roasted chicken thighs, both served on buttered King Hawaiian buns. The menu also includes popcorn chicken bites, a buttermilk fried cauliflower sandwich, a cobb salad, and, for dessert, an over-the-top ice cream sandwich with vanilla ice cream rolled in Cinnamon Toast Crunch and served on a buttered and sugared grilled bun with a caramel drizzle. The quick-serve spot is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

UNIVERSITY CITY — The Taiwanese night market–inspired Danlu is open at 36th and Market with a menu of street food eats, a full bar, and a striking interior. It’s from chef Patrick Feury of Nectar.

CHINATOWNRising Tide at 937 Race Street is now Ocean Harmony. Along with the egg rolls, dumplings, beef with broccoli, and other Chinese staples, the kitchen is putting out some unusual dishes, like fried lobster breaded in salted egg yolk. The karaoke rooms are open on the second and third floors (there’s no charge for karaoke if you’re ordering food).

CALLOWHILL — There’s a new rib joint in town. Angry Deekin Ribs at 1019 Spring Garden serves pork and beef ribs, pulled pork, Italian sausage, and chicken leg quarters with sides of collard greens, potato salad, and mac and cheese. On weekends, brisket and turkey breast join the lineup. This is mostly a take-out operation but there are a couple of tables. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday to Thursday (closed Monday) and noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

December 4

RITTENHOUSEThe new Keen, at 1708 Lombard Street in the space best known for housing Astral Plane, is worth a visit for the lighting fixtures alone. The bi-level restaurant is made cozy by its configuration. It’s broken up into four eclectically decorated rooms: bar and dining room downstairs, bar and lounge upstairs. The menu is American (wings, burgers, pork chops, and the like). Don’t skip the veggie board.

FISHTOWN — Phase one of the massive Suraya — including the market and café — is now serving manoushe, salads, sandwiches, pastries, coffee, and cocktails at 1528 Frankford Avenue. The Middle Eastern eatery, which has an emphasis on Lebanese fare, will open its restaurant next, with an outdoor garden to follow in the spring.

CENTER CITY Oloroso, from Tod Wentz of Townsend and A Mano, is now open at 1121 Walnut Street with tapas, paella, and other Spanish dishes. The restaurant, which has a lively bar area and a quieter dining room complete with open kitchen, is named after a type of sherry; there’s a long list of sherries to try, including one on tap.

OLD CITY — Chef Ken Sze, who learned the sushi biz at his family’s Yokohama in Maple Shade, is slinging fish at Tuna Bar, a chic new addition to Old City. It’s in the Bridge building at 205 Race Street.

FISHTOWN Michael Griffiths and Kevin D’Egidio of hit Kensington BYOB Helm (and offshoot South Helm in Pennsport) just introduced Tierce to Fishtown. The breakfast, lunch, and brunch spot is at 2218 Frankford Avenue.

RITTENHOUSE — The first U.S. branch of Italian pizzeria Alice (“ah-lee-che”) is open at the corner of 15th and Locust, in the former Cosi, with Roman pizza al taglio (the same style everyone’s been loving at Rione), plus gelato from Gran Caffe L’Aquila, the Italian restaurant at 1716 Chestnut Street boasting an award-winning gelato maker. Alice serves alcohol.

RITTENHOUSE — Joining Ultimo Coffee’s two South Philly locations is a new coffee shop in Rittenhouse Square, at 20th and Locust streets.