Jerry's Bar. Photo by Kristine Kennedy
(PHILADELPHIA, PA) -- Northern Liberties Business Improvement District announces the return of Northern Liberties Restaurant Week from Friday, January 27 to Sunday, February 5, 2023. The city's hottest NEW restaurant week to hit the food scene is back with new dates, more restaurants, new restaurants, updated price points, indoor and outdoor options, take-out and delivery, and tons of the city's best eats! Moved to winter to support restaurants during the colder months, Northern Liberties Restaurant Week is back with nearly two dozen of the neighborhood's biggest names that will offer two course or more lunches for $10 or $15, and three or more course dinners for $15, $25 and $40.
Look for special features and signature favorite dishes, outdoor options, artful and colorful dining rooms, cocktail features, and much more. For outdoor options, several Northern Liberties restaurants have patios, sidewalk seating, courtyards - and yes, the Igloos at Figo even join the line-up this year. Book your reservation and enjoy a diversity of cuisines, vibes and settings. New restaurants joining the line-up this year will include Nourish Cafe, Hikari Sushi, Las Cazuelas, The Winston, The Shake Seafood, D’Oliva EVOO Pizza and Grill and others to be announced. Neighborhood favorites will also include Añejo Philly, Pera Turkish Cuisine, El Camino, Cantina Dos Segundos, Figo Ristorante, Apricot Stone, Urban Village, Bagels and Co., Bourbon and Branch, Standard Tap and more. Menus are live now online. The growing list of restaurants will be updated and new spots will be added as the event gets closer. Visit www.northernlibertiesrestaurantweek.com for details. For reservations, contact each individual restaurant through their phone, website, Opentable or Resy. Please see each restaurant for their safety and health protocols.
“Northern Liberties Business Improvement District is proud to bring back Northern Liberties Restaurant Week,” said NLBID Executive Director Kris Kennedy. "Northern Liberties continues to gain popularity as one of the hottest food destinations in the city - with at least ten more restaurants, cafes and food-oriented businesses set to grand open in 2023. Our restaurant week is a celebration of all the energy, creativity and talent. It is a fantastic way to experience and show off that growth. Come and try a spot you have never been to, or experience your favorite places all over again. This is an affordable way to get out for the spring with friends and family. We hope to see you there.
Kennedy added, "Come out and celebrate our diverse food options with Northern Liberties Restaurant Week this January. Most eateries are still recovering from COVID disruptions and rising food costs, so this is a big and important two weeks for them. If you’ve ever wanted to try one of the places on this year’s list, now is the time!”
For its third year, Northern Liberties Restaurant Week will offer a taste for every palate - with cuisine from around the country and around the world including Vietnamese, Armenian, Italian, American, Chinese, Thai, Mexican and more. Look for everything from skewers to salads, Philly’s best tacos to comfort food classics, big steaks to big salads, and everything in between. Some restaurants will participate in lunch, some in dinner and others both! The focus is on dine-in options for both indoor and outdoor, plus look for select options for take-out, delivery, and more. Outdoor options will include for the first time festive, heated Igloo dining, plus outdoor dining in permanent courtyards, sidewalks, rooftops and patios. Reservations are strongly encouraged for this first time event, and they can be made with each participating restaurant.
The website www.northernlibertiesrestaurantweek.com will house all the info hungry diners need: a map showing restaurant locations, menus, price points, reservation links and more. 2023 menus are now going live so people have ample time to plan out their eating adventure day by day. Reservations are encouraged and can be made through the Northern Liberties Restaurant Week website using links to each establishment’s reservation platform.
The list of participating restaurants continues to grow as the event approaches! The early list of participants includes:
* Añejo Philly - 1001 N 2nd St. Grand opened July 2020; Executive Chef Ricardo fires up innovative Mexican cuisine, paired with top quality service and expertise in cocktails and agave spirits.
* Apricot Stone - 1040 North 2nd Street #601. Chef Fimy serves up highly regarded family recipes with traditional Mediterranean, Armenian, and Middle Eastern flavors. One of the neighborhoods favorite gems - and most well reviewed restaurants, features intimate outdoor dining under the twinkling lights in the center of the Liberties Walk courtyard.
* Baan Thai Thai Cuisine - 1030 N American St. This hidden gem and BYOB serves up authentic Thai food in the center of Liberties Walk, on North 2nd Street.
* Bagels and Co. - 1001 N 2nd St #9. Glu Hospitality presents their coffee and bagel hot spot that is expanding across the city. Come to the flagship location for dozens of cream cheese options, nearly a dozen Brooklyn-style bagels, sandwiches and more. Outdoor seating on nice days in the Piazza courtyard pass-through.
* Bourbon and Branch - 705 N 2nd St. Cozy and storied restaurant, bar and music venue specializing in American fare, a long whiskey list & a bar made from an altar.
* Cantina Dos Segundos - 931 N. 2nd Street. Cantina Dos Segundos serves up modern Mexican cuisine, with dishes hand crafted that everyone can enjoy. Pair them with one of the most extensive tequila and mezcal collections in the United States.
* D’Oliva EVOO Pizza and Grill - 1009 N Bodine St. D’Oliva is an Italian-American pizzeria owned by fresh off the boat Italians. In our recipes, Italian flavors meet American taste. Outdoor seating on nice weather days in the Liberties Walk private courtyard and corridor.
* El Camino Real -1040 N 2nd St. Hip cantina meets Southern smokehouse at this jumping Tex-Mex spot for tacos, barbecue & margaritas with an expansive dining room and vibrant bar scene.
* Figo Ristorante - 1033 N 2nd St Ground Floor. Figo Ristorante is an elevated Italian restaurant and bar that pays homage to handmade cuisine, craft cocktails and a curated wine list with the most expansive outdoor dining in all of Northern Liberties. Enjoy dining in the outdoor cafe and cocktail garden, NEW and twice as many igloos that will be heated, and in the stylish dining room and bar. Igloos were down last year due to the dates, but its prime winter weather - come sit under the stars in a heated igloo!
* Figo Pizzeria - 1033 N 2nd St Ground Floor. Glu Hospitality presents the more casual side of Figo Ristorante with a full pizza shop on the North end of the Piazza with pizza, sandwhiches and more for pick-up and to dine in the daytime Igloos, as well as counter seating in the pizza shop.
* Hello Vietnam Asian Bistro - 722 N 2nd St. This Northern Liberties popular neighborhood gem offers Vietnamese cuisine in this comfy BYO on N. 2nd Street.
* Heritage - 914 N 2nd St. Heritage offers dining in their high ceiling open dining room and in their lush garden and patio. This cool, hip and homey hot spot features American fare, draft beer and live music.
* Hikari Sushi - 1040 N American St #701. Hikari Sushi, one of the oldest establishments on Liberty Walk, is now under new management. The restaurant’s identity has been completely revamped to coincide with the vibrant, modern and hip atmosphere of the rapidly-growing neighborhood of Northern Liberties. Hikari Sushi is now led by the well-regarded chef/owner, Matthew Sim, who has honed his craft through his 20-year career working in renowned sushi establishments in the Philadelphia area that include Pod, Morimoto and B2. Now, in his flagship restaurant, Chef Sim externalizes his years of experience through his inventive sushi creations that blend traditional and imaginative flavors. With a commitment to excellence in both service and food, Hikari Sushi aims to provide the Northeastern region of Philadelphia with the premium-quality sushi that it has long been craving.
* Jerry's Bar - 129 W Laurel St. This neighborhood grand corner bar and restaurant is always one of the highlights of Liberties Restaurant Week with refined bistro fare and full bar with a whiskey focus in a tavern filled with salvaged artifacts.
* Las Cazuelas - 426 W Girard Ave. Las Cazuelas blends their passion for making delicious food with an extensive knowledge of cuisine to create authentic and classic dishes for patrons' enjoyment. They use the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients and promise to give your taste buds something to be excited about.
* North Bowl - 909 N 2nd St. This retro-chic bowling alley has 17 lanes and serves cocktails, local beers, American comfort and bar food classics.
* NEW RESTAURANT Nourish Cafe - 177 W. Girard. Nourish is a fully-vegan restaurant and fresh juice bar located at the border of Philadelphia's Fishtown and Northern Liberties neighborhoods. Our menu includes a broad range of healthy and alkaline dishes which comprise raw and cooked foods, and fresh juices and smoothies with superfood options such as seamoss, ashwagandha, and soursop.
Co-owner and executive chef Sarah Scandone lived several years in Belize where she apprenticed under local bush doctors and herbalists, and later moved on to Jamaica, where she spent three years running a restaurant. Sarah's Carribean influences carry through to the Nourish menu, where Carribean fare, herbs, and spices inspire several dishes, including the Vegan Oxtail and Curry Plantain. Some of the restaurant's most popular menu items are the fried "Chick’un" sandwich which uses mushrooms to create a taste and texture almost indistinguishable from chicken, and "That Philly Jawn," a vegan interpretation of the classic Philly cheesesteak. The “Divine Dish ,“ another favorite, exemplifies Carribean homestyle cooking.
* Pera Turkish Cuisine - 944 N. 2nd Street. Pera will bring Turkish cuisine to the growing mix of acclaimed international cuisine in the fast growing food neighborhood. Former roommates, friends, school mates and now business partners Eric Tunc and Chef Mehmet Ergin are both from Turkey and are living the American dream by moving to America and opened their first restaurant together. Pera is one of the most reviewed restaurants in the neighborhood, with reviews by Philadelphia Magazine and Philadelphia Inquirer.
* SET NoLibs - 1030 N 2nd St. #101-102. Asian-fusion menu of elevated bar and gastropub favorites with shareables, sliders, skewers, seafood, tacos and wings all made with only the best, hand-picked ingredients to ensure quality and freshness with sidewalk seating in the Liberties Walk courtyard.
* Standard Tap - 901 N 2nd St. Philadelphia's original gastro-pub sets the gold standard for American cuisine. Always has a selection of the finest fresh oysters. The multi-level bar and restaurant has ample seating inside plus upstairs level patio.
* The Shake Seafood - 180 W. Girard Avenue. The Shake Seafood is the District's seafood specialist. Their talented, experienced chefs create amazing dishes using fresh ingredients. Exotic sauces and flavors intermingle on your plate, and the hot, tangy aromas waft up to meet your nose, creating an exciting taste journey you can experience only in our restaurant.
* The Winston - 461 N. 3rd Street. The Winston is a full-scale restaurant, bar and lounge located between Northern Liberties and Olde City. A new breed of sports bar, The Winston offers a contemporary take on classic American fare favorites, signature cocktails and visually stimulating décor, culminating in the ultimate drinking and nightlife experience.
* Urban Village Brewing Company - 1001 N 2nd St. Spacious brewpub with brick-oven pizzas, small plates and expansive heated outdoor covered patio in the Piazza courtyard. Large indoor seating areas with garage doors that allow for an indoor/outdoor experience. Non-beer beverage menu specializing in Pennsylvania made wines and liquors.
Each restaurant can select if they will do lunch, dinner or both, and their price points. Some restaurants will additionally offer upgrades to their meals for those seeking a higher end experience.
For food lovers joining this first time dining experience, please plan to follow the rules set forth by each individual restaurant.
Northern Liberties Restaurant Week is presented by Northern Liberties Business Improvement District with support from promotional partner Aversa PR & Events. For sponsorship opportunities for NLRW, contact Kennedy at (484) 604-0572
While visiting for Northern Liberties Restaurant Week, please plan time before your experience to come early and support Northern Liberties' retailers!
For a list of where to shop and visit before/after your lunch and dinner, click here.
Northern Liberties Business Improvement District was formed in 2018 to provide supplements to the municipal services of the City of Philadelphia; maintain a safe, clean and vibrant commercial district for the benefit of the residents, users, and owners within the district, and to citizens of Philadelphia and the region; to create opportunities for the business and residential communities to come together to make improvements to the district; and develop and implement programs and services that ensure that Northern Liberties continues to be a desirable place to live, work, shop, invest and visit.