Imperial Inn is a relatively famous and old restaurant in the Philadelphia Chinatown that made the Best of Philly in 1961. During lunch, Imperial Inn serves dim sum. I ate here both lunch and dinner of the same day; lunch was good, but dinner wasn't quite so tasty. Service isn't bad but could be better; generally, there are too many tourists here and not enough locals (a bad sign.) Dim sum items include egg custard, turnip cakes, dumplings, pork, etc. When we ate dinner here, the food felt like it was full of MSG, not exactly very special.
Favorite Dish: I liked Imperial Inn's turnip cakes... they weren't over cooked or undercooked, just right...
Situated on Arch Street in Chinatown, this is just one of three Siam Cuisine restaurants in the greater Philly area. Back in the early 1980s, before Thai restaurants had infiltrated the mainstream culture, Siam owner Chumlong "Mr. Long" Deangldeelert opened his first Thai restaurant in the Philly area. He discovered that most people are a little shy when it comes to sampling Thai food because they're afraid it's going to be too hot and spicy, but that once they did, they were hooked. You'll find plenty of items on the menu, both spicy and tame, including pad Thai, stir-fried shellfish, flambeed hen and lemongrass soup. Leave some room for dessert and sample the homemade herbal cake topped with one of the house ice creams. This Center City location is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week
Feel like Asian fare? Head to China Town.
Shiao Lan Kung (between 9th and 10th on Race St.)is a Chinese restaurant open from 4pm to 4am!!
It is the proverbial hole-in-the wall that true travelers love to brag that they discovered.
Expect crowds even in the wee hours.
For those of you with truly adventurous taste buds, try the bitter melon (not for everyone).
Kisso 205 Race St. (4th and Race). 215-922-1770. How about Japanese?
This place specializes in sushi. If you want your food to not only taste great, but to look good too, then this is the place for you. After a day strolling through Philadelphia's art museums, come to Kisso, and celebrate their edible art! This place is actually in Old City more than it's in Chinatown, but it's close to Chinatown.
The people are warm and gracious and the atmosphere is simple but beautiful. Into fish? It's the freshest around, and Alex, the owner is a creative genius.
Vietnam Restaurant (11th and Vine).
Okay, so the name lacks a great deal of creativity, but the food won't disappoint.
Recent renovations have robbed it of it's neighborhood hangout atmosphere, the new look (pseudo-French bistro) is sure to impress. And the food . . .
oh, the food! The menu is spectacularly complete. It runs the gamut from A to V(ietnamese). Food is served fast and fresh.
A lot of good chineese cuisine in the Chinatown section of center city(around 9th and Cherry or Arch st.s)Unique food and drinking in a compact area known as SOUTH STREET.One of the most famous philly steakhouses is here(Pats) and the shops are wild and drinking establishments ABOUND
Fresh Sea food restaurant in China Town.
You have to pick your lived Lobster and chef will cook for you. Atmosphere is good and price is slight expensive. It depend on season and special occasion such as Valentine day, New Year.
Favorite Dish: Steamed Lobster with sour cream and real butter, and aspiragus and chinese vegetables.
TV's Iron Chef' Masaharu Morimoto is one of the best. At Marimoto on Chestnut Street the sushi is to die for and you can see Marimoto, pig -tail flowing, perfecting dishes in the open-plan kitchen.
The seats and the tables change colour through the night - so don't think you've had some dodgy fish.