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Cicala at the Divine Lorraine
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The Most Beautiful New Philly Restaurants of 2019

Feast your eyes on the prettiest new restaurants in Philadelphia

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Dining out is about much more than the food. Service, ambiance, and design all work together to make the best restaurant experiences. Here are six new eateries in Philly that opened in 2019 with a look that stands out.

Cicala at the Divine Lorraine

699 N. Broad Street

Joining the Philly restaurant scene at the very end of the year, this brand-new southern Italian eatery from Joe and Angela Cicala is a feast for the eyes, with gleaming chandeliers, plush seats, and antique touches.

bar with chandelier and seats and mirror behind the bottles Jason Varney

Jean-Georges Philadelphia

1 N. 19th Street

With its 40-foot windows, cleverly angled mirrors on the ceiling, and tables arranged for making the most of the spectacular views, the elegant Jean-Georges Philadelphia in the Four Seasons hotel on the top floors of the Comcast Technology Center was a shoo-in for Design of the Year honors in the 2019 Eater Awards.

restaurant with two story windows looking out on a city Christian Horan

Vernick Fish

1 N. 19th Street

The Four Seasons hotel clearly has design down (see above). Chef Greg Vernick’s Vernick Fish, part of the hotel but located on street level in the Comcast Technology Center, is made up of multiple spaces — a long bar, a chef’s counter, an open kitchen, rows of booths and tables — that flow seamlessly into each other, with chic light fixtures hanging from tall ceilings.

restaurant with globe shaped lights, tables and boothes, and two chef’s counters Ted Nghiem

Alpen Rose

116 S. 13th Street

You’ll feel like a VIP stepping inside Alpen Rose. Michael Schulson and Nina Tinari’s steakhouse has an intimate, exclusive vibe with its small size, curved wood ceiling, leather booths, velvet curtains, and book-lined shelves. It’s like a cozy clubhouse, made even better by bone-in rib eye carved table-side.

interior of restaurant with chandeliers, dark wood, library wall Schulson Collective

110 S. 19th Street

The rose gold K’Far — the new Israeli restaurant in Rittenhouse from Mike Solomonov, Steve Cook, and executive chef Camille Cogswell — is prettiest during the day, when the sun bounces off the shiny light fixtures and marble counters (and the rugelach), but even with the lights dimmed at night this place is a looker.

gold and pink interior of restaurant with stools. Michael Persico


1730 Chestnut Street

Di Bruno Bros.’s Alimentari, upstairs at the Rittenhouse location of the gourmet grocery store, pulls off a perfect balance of homey and sophisticated, with a mix of tables and comfy couches in earthy colors, white tiled walls, high ceilings, and nostalgic photographs.

Alpen Rose

116 South 13th Street, , PA 19107 (215) 600-0709 Visit Website

Jean-Georges Philadelphia

1 North 19th Street, , PA 19103 (215) 419-5057 Visit Website

Cicala at the Divine Lorraine

699 North Broad Street, , PA 19123 (267) 886-9334 Visit Website

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