PHG neighborhood guide: Newbold-ISH

We think it’s time for a Newbold neighborhood update! While it has been disputed as to the exact way to reference Newbold, (either a part of Point Breeze or directly next to it,) the boundaries are essentially 18th St. to Broad St., from Washington Ave. to Passyunk Ave. In the past ten years, it has gone through a host of changes with new development, resident-led initiatives, and an influx of food and drink destinations. With a resilient community, vibrant growth, and close proximity to West Philly, Center City, and Passyunk, Newbold and Point Breeze are wonderful places to put down roots. We’ve put together our favorite Newbold-ish neighborhood spots for you to check out.

2nd District Brewing, corner of Bancroft and McKean @secondstreetbrewing

2nd District Brewing, corner of Bancroft and McKean @secondstreetbrewing

Hardena, an authentic, home-style Indonesian restaurant that is everything you want in a BYO: cozy, family run, and delicious. Did we mention the restaurants and chefs are James Beard-nominated?

2nd District Brewing, a great neighborhood brewery serving delicious snacks. We love their Bancroft Beer so much we had it on tap at our Holiday Fall Fete! Catch their Happy Hour weekdays, 5-7pm for $2 off all pints and selected menu items.

South Philly Tap Room, a neighborhood staple with 14 curated taps and a rotating menu with vegan and vegetarian options. They even have a private event space for your next party.

Circle’s Thai, an absolutely amazing Thai restaurant known to be the most authentic in the city. Serving vegan, vegetarian, and meat eaters alike.

Ultimo Coffee, one of the first specialty coffee shops to open in Philadelphia with a roastery and lab in the neighborhood.

Brew, a beer boutique and bottle shop in a shared space with Ultimo Coffee. Their staff is very knowledgeable about their selection, which ranges from local to international beers.

V Marks the Shop, the city’s first all-vegan convenience store. The duo behind this store also organize Philly Vegan Pop Up Flea, a monthly event that brings together all things vegan.

Rowhouse Grocery, a new corner grocery stocked with affordable fresh produce, meats, dairy, staple pantry items, as well as prepared salads, sandwiches, coffee and baked goods.

Hive Cafe, a hip cafe with an eye-catching mural that serves coffee, smoothies, salads, and gluten-free goodies.

Coming soon to Carlise and Reed is a storefront location for Batter and Crumbs, a vegan bakery. Newbold for vegan hub president!

Once you are done with all the eating and drinking, stop by 1701 S. 15th St. for some outdoor play at DiSilvestro Playground. With a new rain garden, play equipment, and green space that reopened in 2016, it’s a great place for the kids to run around.

Prep & Foxx,  a community-involved salon that offers complimentary beer, wine, or non-alcoholic drink while you’re getting your hair and nails done.

While the following four spots are are not technically in Newbold, they are close enough and too good to not mention!

Burg's Hideaway Lounge, a low-key corner bar that will transport to vacation mode with Tiki drinks, amazing food, and island vibes. Philly Style Mag named their jalapeño mac and cheese with pineapple Best Mac and Cheese in Philly.

On Point Bistro, a bright corner BYO serving burgers, salads and other New American brunch and dinner classics. They also have a kid’s menu!

American Sardine Bar, a gastropub with 16 drafts, 50+ craft cans, sandwiches, sardines (obviously,) and sides. Plus, they have an outdoor patio!

The Tasty Toast, a corner cafe where you can get anything from tofu and grits to chicken wings and waffles.

Point Breeze and Newbold residents are serious about improving their community. City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson recently announced the expansion of a grass-roots program that offers daily street cleaning. Funded by the City of Philadelphia, the project is serviced by Watts Facilities Solutions, a local, woman-owned, minority-owned business. The program serves a majority of the Point Breeze communities, including Newbold.  

For more information and resources about the neighborhood, visit East Point Breeze Neighbors, formerly Newbold Neighbors Association, or Newbold Civic Association.

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