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Nick Elmi’s new restaurant next to Laurel to be named ITV, expected to open next month

Nick Elmi, the Top Chef winner behind East Passyunk Avenue’s Laurel, is getting ready to open a new restaurant next to his current hit dining spot. 

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Instead of simply making Laurel larger, this new location just next door at 1615 E. Passyunk Ave. will become a wine bar called ITV. The name was derived from his research of the name “Passyunk,” which is a Lenape Indian term that means, “in the valley.”

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Restaurant Rankings: Laurel takes PhillyMag’s top spot; LaBan loves Townsend, Barbacoa

It’s not really a secret: South Philly is the place to eat in Philadelphia.

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Look no further than Philadelphia Magazine’s recent “50 Best Restaurants of Philadelphia” list. Not only did Laurel at 1617 E. Passyunk Ave. take the top spot (as a newcomer), 16 South Philly hot spots made the list.
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South Philly dominates Zagat’s list of Philly’s Top 50 Restaurants

With staples and standouts up and down E. Passyunk Ave., it’s no secret that South Philadelphia is rapidly becoming the place to dine in the city.

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The foie gras helped push Bibou all the way to #4 on the list. (Photo: Serious Eats)

Zagat just released their list of the Top 50 Restaurants in Philadelphia and South Philly takes up 30%, 15 out of 50 spots, on it. Let’s see the results.

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Laurel nabs three bells in glowing Laban review

Fresh off his $125,000 triumph on “Top Chef,” Nicholas Elmi won another tough award this weekend – three bells from the Inky’s Craig Laban for his restaurant Laurel, 1617 E. Passyunk Ave.

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Laban gushed over Laurel’s torn New Jersey scallop, ricotta gnocchi and albacore starter, which “may be the best raw tuna dish in town.” He also praised the roomy accommodations – for a matchbox BYOB, anyway – as being comfortable as the space as ever been.

There’s also a bit of an explanation for why Elmi so far has passed on cashing in with the inevitable investors that would have followed his TV glory:

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So, last night on Top Chef, Laurel’s Nick Elmi…

UPDATE: If you’d like to see a bunch of pictures of Elmi’s restaurant, click here.

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Yes, we just said yesterday we wouldn’t announce it, but it’s everywhere. But we still don’t want to completely spoil it for those who want to watch later, so, you’ll have to click through to see the answer.

Last night, Nick Elmi, who opened the tiny Laurel in November on Passyunk Ave.

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Wish Nick Elmi of Laurel luck in tonight’s ‘Top Chef’ finale, and maybe win Flavors tickets

It’s a big night for a little Passyunk restaurant. Top Chef contestant Nick Elmi, who opened his BYOB Laurel at 1617 E. Passyunk Ave. in November, is competing in the show’s finale tonight.

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And no, we will not announce who won on this site or on our Twitter feed, because we DVR the show, too, and also want to be surprised.

Bonus: If you show your support on Twitter by including @epassyunkave and #passyunk4elmi in your tweets between 9 and 11:30 p.m., you’ll be entered into a drawing for two tickets to the Flavors of the Avenue festival on April 26.

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Check out Laurel, opening tonight at 1617 E. Passyunk Ave., and its 4-course menu

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Chef Nicholas Elmi opens his French-inspired BYOB Laurel tonight at  1617 E. Passyunk Ave., and we stopped in today to give you a peek at the inside.

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It’s tiny – 24 plush seats. That’s about 10 seats fewer than when the space was Fond, giving a surprising amount of elbow room to diners.

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