Cuisine Type: Italian-American Cuisine
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 5?10
Parking: Free street parking
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Pizza Warehouse's chefs spend their days crafting sixteen specialty pies and an equal number of stuffed stromboli for hungry diners, but they don't stop there. Cooks also whip up burgers, pasta, and even seafood platters, in addition to perpetually popular hot sandwiches such as cheesesteaks. Additionally, they prepare breakfast eats such as omelets for early risers and those who foolishly forgot to refrigerate their leftover pizza so they could eat it cold in the morning.
A creative tapas restaurant across from Northern Liberties’ Piazza, Bar Ferdinand encompasses both modern and classic touches. The space, despite its trendy address, goes for Moorish-like doorways, inlaid tables and mosaics. The menu, however, puts an avant spin on Spanish standbys. You won’t go wrong with charcuterie and “tostas” selections such as house-cured beef carpaccio that comes with arugula and foie gras, or the toast topped with short rib marmalade, onion and pine nuts. More adventurous can’t-do-this-at-home plates like a frito featuring the buttery cheese manchego along with apple foam and quince purée, or the ración of twice-cooked rabbit with spring vegetables and tomato-saffron vinaigrette.
Bada Bing Sports Bar and Grille has a little something for everyone. Seafood lovers delight in the fresh Boncella's crabs. Sports fans love the TV screens tuned to the big game. And the late-night crowd can debut their new dancing shoes or dancing flippers to the tunes of live bands and DJs. Add to that an array of pool tables, beer-pong tables, and arcade games, and you've got the laid-back, brew-fueled atmosphere that keeps Bada Bing's customers coming back.
An always-bustling Northern Liberties tavern, Standard Tap, which opened in 1999, was at the forefront of what’s generally called the gastropub revolution, with its warmly lit space, hand-built bar, complete lack of TVs, draft-only beer selection highlighting tri-state breweries and the enticing seasonal menu. The whitewashed brick exterior echoes the craft philosophy, with its faded, custom-painted signs. Find a seat in this multi-room space – the charming second-floor outdoor deck beckons in nice weather – and order popular favorites like mussels and sausage or the duck-confit salad, with its luscious, slow-cooked meat. Chalkboards throughout announce the many daily specials, at times featuring produce from the nearby Greensgrow Farms co-op.
A healthy, friendly and eclectic Northern Liberties spot, Soy Café serves up an extensive number of salads, soups, wraps and sandwiches. With many dishes that are vegan and allergy-friendly, you can feel good about ordering the seaweed and cucumber salad, the artichoke and tomato sandwich or the grilled soy-cheese sandwich. Seafood and turkey pop up on the menu as well, such as in the pineapple and shrimp salad and the scallion tuna sandwich. The walls are painted in colorful stripes like rays of the sun, topped off with fluffy clouds and a row of green vines; guests tend to linger at one of the communal tables in the back room over an organic coffee, a glass or fresh-squeezed juice or one of the fifteen smoothies. Cupcakes, cookies and brownies are homemade and vegan.
A casual sit-down or take-out Japanese spot, Koi satisfies the sushi cravings of Northern Liberties dwellers. The cheerful interior mixes orange walls, white tables, and red chairs, punctuated with a “koi crossing” sign. Salads venture beyond greens with ginger dressing and often incorporate an assortment of pickled vegetables. Sushi comes a la carte or in various sizes of samplers, and while you’ll find spicy tuna and California rolls, it’s Koi’s special creations that stand out. The Volcano roll combines eel, salmon, avocado and tobiko with broiled scallops, and is topped in a rich, spicy sauce. Every month features a special roll – some months are thematic, like February’s heart-shaped version. A selection of hot entrées like beef bulgogi and noodles complete the menu.