hidden gem. I went to New Wave on Saturday and I was extremly surprised. This was my second time going and I have to say the second was much better than the first. This time I sat in the dining room and ordered off their dinner menu. The food was great. Even though the dining room is rather small, we were seated promptly. I had crabcakes that were wonderful, my date had the land and sea.. he loved it! The salmon and potato pancake appetizer was the Best! I will definitly go back.
Editorial Review by Citysearch Editors. Neighborhood taproom serves up no-frills drinking and surprisingly inventive dining.
Good but not great.
The New Wave Cafe was a bit of a disappointment. While the presentation of the food was excellent, the food did not meet expectations. Not that it was bad, but it was not great. The Smoked Salmon appetizer was appealing with and interesting and tasty sauce artistically pooled on the plate. The chicken with lump crab and lobster had good size pieces of crab and lobster.
Service was very nice and the wait staff knew the menu very well.
The atmosphere was relaxing and comfortable. The bar was limited in its mixed drink
The best café ever !.
Aly's my cousin, and I love his bar, i recommand everyone to go there...
Simply the best place in Philly !
Perfect. spot to wait for dinner at Dimitri's or chat with the "smartest" bartender/owner in Philadelphia. Al the owner has been on Jepordy and loves trivia. He is so interesting to talk w/and pours a mean drink!! This is definitely a hidden gem in Queen Village.
Ben's Back!. I can't express how fabulously excited my friends and I are that Ben McNamara is back as the chef at the New Wave! His food is so versatile and the Wave really is the best neighborhood bar!
A Nice Place to Stop. Stopped by here to meet a friend while heading back to NY on Sunday night. I enjoyed watching the Yankees/Bosox opener on tv. The BBQ pork sandwich I had was tasty, could of used some more sauce, and the fruit was perfect for late night dining. I also had the house salad, which had a nice mixture of greens and other vegetables. The crowd was friendly, surprised to see that many people, and the staff was attentive and didn't hassle my friend who wasn't drinking. Played some darts before heading out, which was a great way to cap off a Sunday night. I liked the fact the pool table was in the back room. Great place to chill out.
New Chef!. I don't know how to describe the subtle differences in cuisine between the old and new chef at New Wave other than to say it is my kind of food. The new menu is seemingly healthier in that it is not drowned in butter and cream...though the food was good at New wave before now i feel that it is better because the flavor style and presentaton are still top notch but at least now I do not feel that my waistline HAS to suffer...not that you can't eat cheesy delicious items or burgers but the carpaccio is great!
As Restaurant. As a restaurant New Wave is average. the BBQ sandwich was lost...no sauce and meat was okay. Chef should go to Phoebe's for a lesson. Burgers were good but not on par with the Standard Tap. Entrees were definitely overpriced. Other than that, everything was fine. I might go there more often if I lived there but it's not worth going out of yoru way for (unless you live on the Main Line where good food and service is the exception and not the rule).
My neighborhood bar. The New Wave has been my neighborhood bar for at least five years and I go there at least once a week, often more frequently. I love the staff and I think the food is great. It just has that certain something that makes it a great neighborhood bar--there's always someone to talk to, the drinks are reasonable and the service is great. I've moved around the world and I've been to a lot of bars and I've liked a lot of them, but I think the Wave will always be my favorite.
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