Food & Drink

King Kong


There’s no cure for a hangover like a container of Chinese food. As long as an anonymous delivery person drops it at your door.

But here’s one place worth ditching your pj’s for: Michael O’Halloran’s (Bistro 7) Northern Liberties Chinese street food restaurant, Kong, which opens tomorrow.

With rough-hewn, reclaimed pine bars; exposed plaster walls; and a regal red, black, and gold interior, the place aims to capture the energy and spirit of Hong Kong’s open-air food stalls. (Check out the bathrooms, where local artist Andrew Clarke’s stylized pandas are pasted to the walls.)

Think authentic, homey dishes rather than Americanized MSG fests. Simple, rustic offerings include spicy, slow-cooked short ribs with walnuts or beef brisket noodle soup (noodles made in-house). Not to mention family-style dim sum and a selection of Chinese craft beers.

Now you’re toxin.

Kong, 702 North Second Street (215-922-5664).

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702 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123