Philadelphia gets spotlight on NYT's 2023 best restaurants list
Why it matters: Our restaurateurs are knocking it out of the park.
How it works: The outlet dispatched reporters, editors and critics to hundreds of restaurants across the U.S. to find its favorite food spots.
- Half the restaurants mentioned are first timers to the list.
The intrigue: Kalaya's "head-turning" Asian cuisine was listed as "new" on the Times' list, but the restaurant was for years a South Philly staple.
- Chef Chutatip Suntaranon, who has received many accolades for her eats, relocated last year to a bigger spot in trendy Fishtown that's described as "dazzling as the original was modest."
The bottom line: The new digs haven't "muted [Suntaranon's] forcefully spiced, luminous cooking," the Times wrote.
The new hip "French-ish" restaurant in Rittenhouse Square opened this summer.
The intrigue: The place stands out because of chef-owners Alex Kemp's and Amanda Shulman's decision to close on weekends, when many restaurants get most of their traffic, so they could have better work-life balance.
What they're saying: The weeknight spot "feels like a dinner party in the spirit of Montreal's Joe Beef, where both worked," the Times wrote.
Carlos Aparicio saw that something was missing from Philly's dining scene — a spot to get a "good Mexican sandwich."
- And so, El Chingon was born.
Zoom in: Aparicio's dishes, such as cemitas and tart aguachile, draw inspiration from the chef's mother, who taught him how to cook.
What they're saying: "El Chingon doesn't clamor for attention or traffic in gimmicks; it's simply a neighborhood restaurant, albeit one of the highest order," the Times wrote.
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