CoZara CoZara
3200 Chestnut St. (S. 32nd St.)
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Cuisine: Japanese / Sushi / Small Plates
Japanese small plates, sushi and cocktails, served in an urbane setting.
Openings: Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly


  • Dress code: Casual

CoZara Restaurant Review:

Sibling to Center City’s Zama, University City’s modern Japanese eatery focuses on nibbles and drinks, but it’s more of a mashup of sushi/ramen/yakitori bar than a true izakaya. For one thing, the atmosphere of the bi-level restaurant is airy, bright and industrial, with red accents, as in the hanging lamps. For another, the cuisine incorporates eclectic flavors, like mushroom wontons with truffle soy crème and grilled okra with olive oil and lemon, and whimsical spins such as okonomiyaki “fingers” and super spicy ramen with chicken thigh and Szechuan chili oil. Yet there are many faithful dishes to sample, for example the yakitori choices, the salmon teriyaki and the selections from the first-rate sushi bar, some of which call out the neighboring colleges. For dessert, try the banana spring roll with miso caramel. Drinks focus on saké and Asian-inspired cocktails (shochu sangría), with a small array of beers and wines to fill in the gaps. Happy hour during the work week from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. makes cocktails, saké, wine and beer available for $3-$5 --- perfect for sipping on the upper deck in the warmer months.

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