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Northern Liberties Restaurant Week Returns This April With 20+ Participating Restaurants

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Northern Liberties Restaurant Week Returns This April With 20+ Participating Restaurants

Northern Liberties is home to some of the hottest and most notable food spots in Philadelphia so when The Northern Liberties Business Improvement District announced the 2nd Annual Northern Liberties Restaurant Week we had to share.  This year’s restaurant week will run from Friday, April 1 to Sunday, April 10, 2022. Timed perfectly for the start of nice weather and expanded outdoor dining options, over 20 of the neighborhood’s biggest names will offer two course (or more) lunches for $10 or $15, and three course dinners for $25 or $35.

Look for special features and signature favorite dishes, ample outdoor options, artful and colorful dining rooms, cocktail features, and much more. Book your reservation now along Philadelphia’s restaurant row and take advantage of the expansive, flowering and ornate streeteries and sidewalk cafes. New restaurants joining the line-up this year will include Figo Ristorante, Bagels and Co., Boricua Restaurant and Baan Thai Thai Cuisine. The Shake Seafood and Pera will both grand open before April 1st and join the line-up as well. Neighborhood favorites will also include Bourbon and Branch, El Camino Real, Apricot Stone, Jerry’s Bar, Spuntino Wood Fired Pizzeria and many others. The growing list of restaurants will be updated and go live starting on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022.

“Northern Liberties Business Improvement District is proud to bring back Northern Liberties Restaurant Week from April 1st to 10th,” said NLBID Executive Director Kris Kennedy. “Northern Liberties has quickly regained its status as one of the hottest food destinations in the city – with more than a half dozen restaurants still on the way to open this coming year. 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. Come hungry.”

For its second 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 wood fired pizza, 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. 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. 2022 menus will go live in early March 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.

Salvatore Carollo, owner of Spuntino, an upscale pizzeria at the corner of 2nd and Fairmount, is excited about the return of Restaurant Week. “I have been looking forward to restaurant week all year! Having the opportunity to create a menu for potential new customers is what I live for. We’ll be introducing some new menu items, as well as bringing back some old favorites. I’ll be using this chance for me to introduce (or reintroduce) Spuntino to the city and help propel us into spring!”

Ara Ishkhanian owns Apricot Stone, an Armenian BYOB on Liberties Walk. “This year’s restaurant week menu at Apricot Stone will include a fully vegan menu option,” he says. “We have been getting a lot of requests for more vegan/vegetarian dishes and are excited to showcase our plant-based alternatives of our signature dishes.”

The list of participating restaurants continues to grow, but you can look forward to seeing the menus for these places very soon:

An early list of participants includes:

* Añejo Philly
1001 N 2nd St.
www.anejophilly.com
(indoor/outdoor)
Grand opened July 2020; Executive Chef Ricardo fires up innovative Mexican cuisine, paired with top quality service and expertise in cocktails and agave spirits. Look for outdoor seating in the sidewalk cafe, streetery on N. 2nd Street, and in tented seating in the Piazza Courtyard.

* Apricot Stone
1040 North 2nd Street #601
www.apricotstonephilly.com
(indoor/outdoor)

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.

* Bagels and Co.
1001 N 2nd St #9
www.gluhospitality.com
(indoor/outdoor/to go)

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.

* Baan Thai Thai Cuisine
1030 N American St.
http://www.baanthaiphiladelphia.com/
(indoor/outdoor)

This hidden gem and BYOB serves up authentic Thai food in the center of Liberties Walk, on North 2nd Street.

* Boricua Restaurant
1149 N 3rd St.
(to go)

A new participant in NLRW serves up  Flavorful Puerto Rican cuisine from their new location on N. 3rd Street.

* Bourbon and Branch
705 N 2nd St.
https://www.bourbonandbranchphilly.com/
(indoor/outdoor)

Cozy and storied restaurant, bar and music venue specializing in American fare, a long whiskey list & a bar made from an altar. Look for outdoor seating in their streetery on N. 2nd Street.

* Cantina Dos Segundos
931 N. 2nd Street<
https://www.cantinadossegundos.com/
(indoor/outdoor) was

>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.

* El Camino Real
1040 N 2nd St.
http://www.elcaminophilly.com/
(indoor/outdoor)

Hip cantina meets Southern smokehouse at this jumping Tex-Mex spot for tacos, barbecue & margaritas with one of the neighborhoods largest outdoor dining areas in the courtyard of Liberties Walk, plus an expansive, sleek and industrial inspired streetery with heat, covering and even heated seats.

*  Figo Ristorante
1033 N 2nd St Ground Floor
https://www.figoitalian.com/
(indoor/outdoor)

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, igloos through early spring, and in the stylish dining room and bar.

* Hello Vietnam  Asian Bistro
722 N 2nd St.
https://www.hellovietnamasianbistro.com/
(indoor/outdoor)

Chef Tri Tan, along with daughter Julie Dinh, present the art of Vietnamese cuisine in this comfy BYO on N. 2nd Street with a colorful and eclectic streetery, along with sidewalk seating.

* Heritage
914 N 2nd St.
https://heritage.life
(indoor/ outdoor)<

Heritage reopens in time for Northern Liberties Restaurant Week with dining in their high ceiling open dining room and in their lush garden and patio, as well as in their streetery on N. 2nd Street. This cool, hip and homey hot spot  features American fare, draft beer and live music.

* Jerry’s Bar
129 W Laurel St.
http://jerrysbarphilly.com/
(indoor/outdoor)

This neighborhood grand corner bar and restaurant is back open just in time for Northern Liberties Restaurant Week with refined bistro fare and full bar with a whiskey focus in a tavern filled with salvaged artifacts. Enjoy their outdoor garden and patio, innovative socially distanced seating with partitioned glass, and an expansive and highly ornate streetery and sidewalk seating.

* North Bowl
909 N 2nd St.
https://www.northbowlphilly.com/
(indoor/outdoor)

This retro-chic bowling alley has 17 lanes and serves cocktails, local beers, American comfort and bar food classics – with an expansive outdoor patio area, sidewalk seating and streetery.

* SET NoLibs
1030 N 2nd St. #101-102
https://www.set-hospitality.com/location/set-nolibs/

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 an outdoor streetery, sidewalk seating and Instagram-ready dining room.

* Spuntino Wood Fired Pizzeria
701 N 2nd St.
https://www.spuntinowoodfiredpizzeria.com/
(indoor/outdoor)

Sleek and modern pizzeria serving Neapolitan pies from a gorgeous wood-burning brick oven with outdoor streetery and side-walk seating, plus a newly renovated dining room. Look for selections of wine, beer and Bravazzi for table service or to go.

* Standard Tap
901 N 2nd St.
https://standardtap.com/
(indoor/outdoor)

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 up and down for socially distanced dining, plus enjoy outdoor dining in their upstairs level patio and their street-level streetery.

* Urban Village Brewing Company
1001 N 2nd St
http://urbanvillagebrewing.com/
(indoor/outdoor)

Spacious brewpub with brick-oven pizzas, small plates and expansive heated outdoor covered patio, sidewalk seating and streetery. 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.

* Opening Soon – Pera and The Shake Seafood!

Stay tuned for grand opening info in late March for The Shake Seafood and the much-anticipated opening of Pera – both coming to N. 2nd Street. Info will be available by the third week of March. Both will offer indoor dining.

A full list of participants, what price points they will offer and their menus will go live by March 2nd, with others to be added closer to the event. 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.

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