Old City

Old City Eats at 32 Old City Restaurants Every Thursday Night through August 25, 2016

Old City Eats Promo

Old City District showcases its thriving dining scene with the debut of the largest restaurant program in at least 20+ years. Old City Eats debuts June 16 and runs every Thursday through August 25, 2016 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Thirty-two participating restaurants and bars will offer a selection of small plates for half off, plus five dollar drink specials, off-menu dishes, seasonal cocktails and even chef collaborations. The full list of participating restaurants, along with their menus, is found at oldcitydistrict.org/dine/oldcityeats.

Old City Eats will spotlight the best of Old City and historic Philadelphia’s culinary scene, that now includes over 80 restaurants, bars, coffee shops and other eateries. From ever popular mainstays like Buddakan, Amada and Continental, to notable newcomers like The Olde Bar, The Little Lion and Common Wealth Old City, to neighborhood corner bars like Eulogy Belgian Tavern, Nick’s Bar & Grille and Sassafras, to constant trendsetters like Fork, High Street on Market and Han Dynasty, to summer destinations like Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar and Keating’s Rope & Anchor Bar + Kitchen, Old City Eats feature food, cocktails and atmospheres that that will appeal to every taste.

Offerings are designed to appeal to neighborhood locals, to business people looking to enjoy sips with their co-workers, and to visiting tourists exploring America’s most historic square mile.

“Our focus for Old City Eats is spotlighting the neighborhood’s impressive and evolving list of dining options,” said Old City District Executive Director Job Itzkowitz. “With 32 restaurants and bars participating, there’s something to appeal to every palette, including Szechuan, Thai, Afghani, Italian, Cuban, British and other global cuisines. We have as diverse of a culinary scene as anywhere in the city! Whether you visit an old favorite or experience something new, Old City Eats will take you on a culinary journey that will last all summer long.”

Old City Eats makes its debut at the 32 restaurants listed below every Thursday, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, through August 25, 2016. All will offer two or more half-priced appetizers and at least one specially priced five dollar beverage. During the summer, restaurants are encouraged to offer off-menu specials and specialty seasonal cocktails. Old City District is also working with restaurants on chef collaborations that will pop-up in July and August.

Participant List – (as of June 14)


Bierstube German Tavern


Common Wealth Old City

Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

DiNardo’s Famous Seafood

  • 312 Race Street

  • http://www.dinardos.com/home

  • Appetizers: Mussels Fra Diablo, Clams in White Sauce, Mozzarella Sticks n Jalapeno Popper Sampler

  • Drink: Seasonal Sangria

Eulogy Belgian Tavern

Farmicia Food & Tonics

  • 15 S. 3rd Street

  • http://farmiciarestaurant.com/

  • Appetizers: Pork Belly appetizer (spicy charred asparagus, seared pork belly confit, sweet rhubarb, dijon) and meatballs (plum tomato sauce, basil pesto, sauteed watercress)

  • Drink: Farmicia Punch


  • 306 Market Street

  • http://forkrestaurant.com/

  • Appetizers at the bar: Artic char crudo (chile, lime, peanut), pork and crab arancini (crab fat aioli)

  • Drink at the bar: Rotates each month, starts in June with sparkling wine

The Gaslight

  • 120 Market Street

  • http://www.thegaslightphilly.com/

  • Appetizers: Chef’s daily taco, pickled veggies, fresh baked soft pretzel bites, crispy chicken nuggets, cornbread, cheese fries, single patty Gaslight burger

  • Drink: $5 Old Fashioned, two $5 house cocktails, $3 drafts

Han Dynasty

  • 123 Chestnut Street

  • http://handynasty.net/oldcity/

  • Appetizers: Dan Dan Noodles, Spicy Crispy Cucumbers

  • Drink: Gin Smash (Gin, Grenadine, Lemon and Lime Juice, Grapefruit Juice, Simple Syrup, Top with tonic)

High Street on Market

  • 308 Market Street

  • http://highstreetonmarket.com/

  • Appetizer: Hummus, daily breads and spreads

  • Drink: Rotates each month, starts in June with sparkling wine

JJ Bootleggers

  • 35 S. 2nd Street

  • http://jjbootleggers.com/

  • Appetizer: White Lightenin’ Wings, Mashed Potato Balls

  • Drink: Moonshine Sangria

Jasmine Rice

Kabul Restaurant

La Famiglia Ristorante

  • 8 S. Front Street

  • http://www.lafamiglia.com/

  • Appetizers at the bar: Gamberi con fava, Paccheri alla Scarpariello

  • Drink at the bar: Prosecco, Pinot Grigio Wine, Pinor Noir Wine

La Peg

  • 140 N. Columbus Boulevard

  • http://lapegbrasserie.com/

  • Appetizers: Cheese kurds with marinana, Tomato salad with basil oil and sheep’s milk cheese

  • Drink: “The Esprit” (vodka, ginger, lime, curacao)

The Little Lion

  • 243 Chestnut Street

  • https://thelittlelionphilly.com/

  • Appetizers: Fried Green Tomatoes (Bacon Tomato Jam, Buttermilk Ranch, Pimento Cheese), BBQ Chicken Thigh Sliders (Sour Slaw, Potato Rolls, Bread & Butter Pickles)

  • Drink: Raspberry Sangria (Red Wine, Raspberry Shrub, Apricot Brandy), plus other specials that will vary by the week

Lucha Cartel

  • 207 Chestnut Street

  • http://www.luchacartel.com/

  • Appetizers: Chicken, shrimp or mushroom empanada, queso fundido

  • Drink: House margarita, sangria

National Mechanics

Nick’s Bar & Grille

The Olde Bar

  • 125 Walnut Street

  • http://theoldebar.com/

  • Appetizers: Fried Oysters & Oysters Belmont

  • Drink: Jockey Club Shrub


The Plough & the Stars

Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti

  • 212 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor

  • http://www.positanocoast.net/

  • Appetizers at the bar: Focaccia Calda (Tuscan style bread, heirloom tomatoes, ricotta, mozzarella), Quinoa Salad (Edamame, corn, cherry tomatoes, baby arugula, sherry vinaigrette)

  • Drink: The Kensington – Stateside Vodka, Muddled Blackberries, Agave, Fresh Lemon

Prime Stache

  • 110 Chestnut Street

  • http://www.primestache.com/

  • Appetizers at the bar: Macaroni & cheese with or without pork belly; Edemame Ravioli, Cheesesteak eggrolls, friend green tomatoes

  • Drink: Long Island, Well drinks

Revolution House

  • 200 Market Street

  • http://www.revolutionhouse.com/

  • Appetizers: Pork shank dry rub; house-made slaw / Firecracker shrimp

  • Drink: Local drafts from local breweries

Keating’s Rope & Anchor Bar + Kitchen


Silence Dogood’s Tavern

  • 216 Market Street

  • http://silencedogoodstavern.com/

  • Appetizers: 6 Different Tater Tot Options: Plain, Whiz, Whiz & Bacon, BBQ Chicken, Spicy, Pizza

  • Drink: Market Street Margarita

The Victoria Freehouse

  • 10 S. Front Street

  • http://www.victoriaphilly.com/

  • Appetizers: ½ priced pub snacks (Bacon Wrapped Dates, Scotch Egg, Pickled Beetroot Deviled Eggs, Welsh Rarebit, Sausage Roll, Curried Cheese Chips) and Buck-a-shuck oysters

  • Drink: $5 select drafts, $5 house wine

Old City Eats dining options may be updated during the summer by participating restaurants. Please check Old City’s website, as well as with the participating restaurant, for any changes.

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