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Our City Guides is from the point of view of the people we interview. A restaurant cannot be listed in our guides unless it is recommended by one of the tastemakers we’ve featured. We don’t want you to see the restaurant world through our eyes, but rather through the eyes of your favorite tastemakers in every industry. Why us? Why not them?

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Fork

Recommended by: Andrew Carmellini (Chef/Owner, The Dutch)

New American fare is the staple at this romantic, elegant spot. Executive Chef Eli Kulp masterfully crafts a delightful culinary experience, with a daily changing menu that revolves around seasonal and local ingredients. The dimly lit space and warm décor give this alluring spot an intimate atmosphere. Make a Reservation www.forkrestaurant.com

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Serpico

Recommended by: Greg Vernick (Chef/Owner, Vernick Food & Drink)

This seasonally-centered dinner spot, from the collaboration of chef Peter Serpico and restaurateur Stephen Starr, is where unusual combinations truly shine. Where else can you find “Mom’s Mac & Cheese” alongside “Chicken & Snail Lasagna”? Find a seat at the open kitchen counter to watch the magic happen. Make a reservation. www.serpicoonsouth.com

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Stateside

Recommended by: Matt Bean (Editor, Entertainment Weekly)

Small plates dominate the menu at this seasonally inspired restaurant. Located in South Philly, this is the perfect spot to order a bunch of dishes and sample everything, as it’s all uniquely flavored and delicious. The beers and original cocktails make this a great spot to kick back, eat great food, and relax. Make a Reservation. www.statesidephilly.com

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Zahav

Recommended by: Amanda Freitag (Chef, Empire Diner), Andrew Carmellini ( Chef/Owner, The Dutch), Ilan Hall (Chef/Owner, The Gorbals), Doug Quint (Co-Founder/Co-Owner, Big Gay Ice Cream Truck)

In a calm space inspired by Jerusalem’s courtyards, Zahav offers upscale Israeli fare served onto hand-carved tables. The menu is a tour through the culinary influences of Israeli cuisine, with the baked to order laffa bread as the star. Elements of Persian, North African, and Eastern European cuisine shine through in both Zahav’s traditional and [...]