306 Market St., 215/625-9425,
HOURS: Mon.–Thurs. 11:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m.,
Fri. 11:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m.,
Sat. 5–11:30 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5–10:30 p.m.
COST: Most entrées more than $20
Hip, sophisticated bistros come and go like the breeze in Philadelphia’s  trendy Old City, but Fork has remained a hit for more than a decade. High ceilings, velvet curtains, wrought-iron chandeliers and pendant lighting create an elegant yet cozy atmosphere.
Owner Ellen Yin and Chef Ngo offer a seasonal menu that changes daily and focuses on locally sourced ingredients. Don’t miss the extensive and generous fruit-and-cheese platter or the strong specialty cocktails.
You can watch the action in the open kitchen, or really be part of it by coming to the bistro dinner at 8 p.m. on Wednesday nights—it’s an excellent way to experience the best Fork has to offer at a lower price with two starters, an entrée, dessert, and wine served at a large communal table for $40.
And be sure to check out Fork, Etc. (308 Market St., 215/625-9425) around the corner for gourmet take-out lunch and snacks.