One of the best things about living in the city is one’s exposure to foods from around the world, and when you and your partner are unable to travel to exotic locations, indulging in international cuisine is the next best thing. International restaurants offer couples a romantic way of taking your partner to a new culture without a passport or a plane ticket. The act of trying something new inevitably rejuvenates even the most time-tested relationships- making you and your partner feel like you’re on a first date all over again. Below is a list of restaurants in Philadelphia, where you and your partner can enjoy a trip around the world without the jet lag, maps, and hotel costs.
- Le Viet. This South Philadelphia hidden treasure offers large plates (perfect for sharing), and gorgeous drinks (perfect for sipping). Trendy and smart, this Vietnamese restaurant offers a variety of options for both meat eaters and vegetarians. If you’re not sure you can convince your partner to give this place a try, reassure them that you can still order a Budweiser or a Cosmopolitan with your dinner, and French fries are still available as a side. However, it is really best to try the authentic Vietnamese cuisine so that you can be whisked away to another world, forgetting completely that you are in Philadelphia.
- Sang Kee Noodle House. At Sang Kee Noodle House, guests have the chance to experience modern Chinese culture in the middle of University City. Couples can make selections from almost overwhelming menu, which includes an extensive beer, wine, and dessert list. From traditional dishes like “Wontons” and “Kung Pao Chicken”, to specialties like “Clam with minced pork”, this West Philadelphia location offers all the flavors of China without the long plane ride. Part of what makes it perfect for couples is that it offers many small plates, which are appropriate for sampling and sharing, so bring your partner and enjoy the tastes of the east.
- El Rey. Although good Mexican restaurants can be found throughout the city, El Rey offers an atmosphere that is cozy and mysterious, and frankly, difficult to resist when walking by. The menu offers more than the typical Americanized Mexican classics, so come with an open mind and try something new. The downside of El Rey is that they do not take reservations, and the wait can be frightening. All the more reason to bring a loved one- you will have someone by your side while you endure the long line.
- Eulogy. Although Eulogy is typically known for being an Old City bar (not a date-worthy restaurant), it makes a nice romantic evening with your partner because of its intimacy. Plus, where else can you get delicious Belgian food in the city of Philadelphia? You should go to Eulogy prepared to try many different types of Belgian beer, and for your liver’s sake, you should mix it up with some traditional Belgian food. Although this place may initially look like it serves only “bar food”, don’t be fooled. The menu includes Cornish hen, Brie puff, and a Crab Cake Croissant. There will also be a handful of items of the menu that you cannot pronounce. Do not be scared to order them! Simply ask the wait staff for some assistance and recommendations. Part of what brings couples closer is their willingness to take risks together, so jump right in at Eulogy!