In the heart of East Passyunk, Stateside offers a dining experience that is at once rustic and elevated. Wood décor, muted lighting and specials scrawled on a blackboard hint at simple food, but when diners taste their dishes, it's clear that what's coming out of this kitchen is anything but ordinary. While international influences inspire dishes like paella risotto and vegetable carbonara, the locally-sourced menu focuses mainly on small, American-style plates, as the restaurant's name suggests. On the beverage front, the massive array of American-made whiskies is complemented by a curated mix of domestic craft beers, wines and other spirits. When weather permits, outdoor stools nearly double the seating capacity of the smallish bar.
The staffers at New Delhi Hookah Lounge welcome ideas for new hookah flavors, always looking to expand their already lengthy menu of exotic fruit and clay-head tobaccos. Their sleek two-story lounge floods with the aroma of pineapple, citrus mint, and passion fruit, as pure coconut charcoal burns from within tall ornamental hookahs.
Fragrant clouds rise up over the comfy white couches of the first floor up to the second-story VIP lounge, perfuming parties as they share fruit platters and sip BYOB champagne. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, live DJs fill the 2500-square-foot space with the lively sounds of pop songs, hip-hop beats, and Harry Potter audiobooks sped up to twice the normal rate.
With stick-to-your-ribs fare and a wide beer selection – including several dozen microbrew canned beers – The Blind Pig fits the bill for a casual dinner or hearty late-night snack. Menu standouts at this Northern Liberties pub are the piled-high plate of poutine (the cheese curds come from a southeastern Pennsylvania dairy farm) and the Thanksgiving balls, which consist of turkey wrapped inside stuffing and mashed potatoes and then deep fried, served with gravy and cranberry sauce for dipping. Patrons also gravitate toward the lamb sliders and the Cubano sandwich, while copper cylinder pendant lights, distressed-stucco walls, mason jar candle holders and plenty of knickknacks and prints depicting pigs all add up to a rustic-chic atmosphere inside.
Housed in a beautiful stone, one-story mill factory building, Bourbon Blue serves its New Orleans-inflected cuisine with style. Inside, a large iron chandelier and old-style pendant lights with smoky yellow glass hang from the tall peaked ceiling. Patrons can grab a seat at the large semi-circular bar or at one of the tables, and opt for a Cajun-style dish such as jambalaya, a quesadilla with alligator sausage or blackened filet mignon tips. There are also plenty of straightforward American dishes, from a burger topped with blue cheese, bacon and mushrooms to pan-seared salmon). In warm weather, one of the best seats in Manayunk is on Bourbon Blue’s deck overlooking the canal and the newly constructed performing arts center.
A crack sounds as the bat connects with the ball, and you cheer with the rest of the crowd. You're not exactly in the ballpark, though?you're in McFadden's Ballpark. Located at the third base gate of Citizen's Bank Park, the pub gives patrons a spot to enjoy Phillies action nearby without requiring a ticket to the game or a pass from the Phanatic. Each at-bat is complemented with hearty bar food favorites, from Guinness shepherd?s pie to beer-battered fish 'n' chips. Angus beef burgers arrive topped with sliced corned beef or Irish cheddar, while fries can be loaded with ribeye steak, cheese, or house-made turkey gravy. McFadden?s comforting fare and frosty beverages are served up before, during, and after games.
On the corner of East Passyunk Avenue and Dickenson Street, Pub on Passyunk East – aka P.O.P.E. – is of the neighborhood’s favorite pubs. This friendly bar draws tons of locals, who enjoy the welcoming and cozy ambiance. Passyunk has all the characteristics of an old-timey tavern, with dark wood furnishings, dim lighting and a sturdy wooden bar. The beverage program here is beer-heavy, including fourteen beers on tap, more than 80 bottles and takeout six-packs. On the food side, the menu is simple yet satisfying, packed with staples like crispy fries, hearty mac ‘n’ cheese, fish and chips, meatloaf and flatbread pizzas. Meatless options like the veggie burger and seitan cheesesteak appeal to vegetarian diners.