Must-see restaurants in Chinatown & Center City East

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    Vetri Cucina

    Legendary – and for good reason. Since 1998 Marc Vetri has been winning awards and adoring fans with his Italian cuisine. This elegant, intimate…

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    Top Choice
    CHeU Noodle Bar

    Your Japanese/Korean/Jewish grandmother might not approve, but the brisket ramen with smoked matzo ball and kimchi at CHeU gets our thumbs up. Gleefully…

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    Since 2011 Vedge has been setting the standard not only for vegan restaurants in Philly but restaurants in general. A meal here will crush any…

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    Morimoto is high concept and heavily stylized, from a dining room that looks like a futuristic aquarium to a menu of globe-spanning influences and…

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    Talula’s Daily

    During the day this charming cafe and food market is ideal for a coffee, light bite or something to picnic on in the park opposite. After 6pm it…

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    Dutch Eating Place

    Serving up hearty Pennsylvania Dutch fare, this sit-at-the-bar affair is one of the key places to chow down at Reading Terminal Market. Their generous…

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    Little Nonna's

    'Sunday gravy,' that delectable slow-cooked tomato-meat sauce that's a staple of Italian-American tables, is served every night at this homey restaurant…

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    Bud & Marilyn's

    Darkly lit with a mid-century modern style, this place channels 1950s Americana. Southern-style cooking offers up succulent deep-fried chicken with warm…

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    Rosa's Fresh Pizza

    More of a worthwhile cause than a great gourmet destination, Rosa's wall is plastered with post-it notes: tokens from the people who have donated $1 to…

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    It's cash-only and BYOB at this popular place that's very cozy and usually packed to the gills with a chatty crowd – making it no place for an intimate,…

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    Sample Burmese specialties, such as Shan noodle soup and Asian tea leaf salad, at this reliable Chinatown restaurant. Among the huge array of tantalizing…

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    Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House

    It's cash only and BYOB at this hand-pulled noodle joint. Slurp up delicious and inexpensive soups with perfectly chewy noodles, plus standard stir-fries…

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    Tom's Dim Sum

    Dim sum are served throughout the day at this casual spot. Dig into tasty buns and soup dumplings, as well as rice plates and noodles.

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    Banh Mi Cali

    For cheap, fast eats, nothing beats one of these 'Vietnamese hoagies,' as locals call banh mi.