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A crispy chicken entrée served with Israeli side dishes and a glass of red wine. Michael Persico for Dizengoff

The Hottest New Restaurants in Philly, February 2024

The best new places to get tasty tacos, history-making beer, impressive Italian seafood, and hot, crispy chicken

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Notable new restaurants open all the time in Philadelphia, offering an array of options for the city’s diners. From casual takeout spots to fancy sit-down dinners, there is something for everybody in the city’s constantly evolving, deliciously diverse dining scene. Be patient, as changing times and recent years of ups and downs have been tough on restaurants and their staff — don’t forget to tip well.

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Two Locals Brewery

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Pennsylvania’s first Black-owned brewery and taproom is a spacious exploration in craft beer and cuisine. Owners/brothers Richard and Mengistu Koilor partnered up with local deli Liberty Kitchen to develop a menu that features their beloved hoagies and snack boards, along with Liberian and Jamaican-inspired dishes  (such as their Liberian beans, made with smoked turkey and chicken thighs, and their peanut braised eggplant, a vegan dish that includes eggplant, tomato, golden raisin, and scotch bonnet peppers).

A row of canned beers, cocktails, and a pint in a glass. Two Locals Brewery

Oltremare

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This new restaurant from Townsend Wentz gives a fresh take on Italian seafood. Hamachi crudo, lobster capelletti, and charred octopus are just a few of the impressive dishes on the menu.

An Italian seafood dish. Oltremare

Dizengoff

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Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook’s hummus-and-pita love letter makes a triumphant return as a grand 95 seat restaurant with a full bar and glowing menu. Now, Dizengoff 2.0 serves chicken schnitzel with Yemmenite pickles, Belgian endive salad with tehina and pistachio, falafel-fried dorade with amba — along with their renowned hummus, as desired.

A hummus dish topped with meat and herbs. Michael Persico for Dizengoff

Ding Feng Tang

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Restaurateur Jack Chen brings this new addition to Chinatown that’s already bringing a wave of dumpling lovers. Highlights include savory crabmeat soup dumplings, panfried pork soup buns, Beijing-style skewers, and spicy chicken wontons.

Steamed soup dumplings. Ding Feng Tang

Mr. Pig

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A new Korean barbecue joint enters Chinatown from owners Dan Ngo and his wife, Eun Park. Here, diners can order tasty dumplings, bibimbap, grilled pork belly, ribs, bulgogi, ribeye, and sizzling strip loin — a strong indication to come with a big appetite.

Korean barbecue on a grill. Mr. Pig

Rosy's Taco Bar East

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Rosy’s Taco Bar proves that two taqueria spots are better than one as the hot spot expands to South Philly. Avram Hornik’s Mexican restaurant features flaky tostadas piled high with fresh crab, carnitas and pollo tinga tacos, avocado salads, and mole omelettes for brunch.

A trio of flavorful tacos with lime and sauce beside it. Rosy’s Taco Bar East

Ogawa Sushi & Kappo

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Master sushi chef Minoru Ogawa is serving up an exquisite omakase in this reservation-only 12-seat spot in Old City. For two hours, prepare to enjoy 23 courses, in 29 pieces (for $200 per person) that includes A5 wagyu and foie gras, miso cod, Sashimi otsakuri, and more.

Sashimi otsakuri course. Ogawa Sushi & Kappo

Pizza Richmond

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From the talented team that brought diners Sally and Martha, comes this new pizza joint in Port Richmond that’s already attracting fans of Pizza Shackamaxon. This 20-seater is serving up saucy tomato pies, classic pepperoni slices, bountiful salads, and creamy soft serves.

A slice of pepperoni pizza beside a salad, bottled Coke, and ice cream softie. Pizza Richmond

Paloma Restaurante

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This Mexican-inspired BYOB from owner/chef Tim Dedja is an inventive take on traditional dishes. With dishes like lemon butter shrimp, polo a la brasa (a half chicken, served with mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus) and Seafood Paella (served with mussels, clams, shrimp, scallops, and saffron rice) — it’s an ideal date night spot in Collingswood.

A sizzling Latin rice and seafood dish. Paloma Restaurante

Call Me Crispy

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This take-out restaurant in Pennsauken is serving up hot crispy chicken that’s attracting customers from all over the tri-state area. Highlights include buttermilk fried chicken tenders, as well as traditional and boneless wings, where diners can choose between adding honey barbecue, sweet chili, mango habanero, and other sauces.

A set of seasoned, fried chicken wings. Call Me Crispy

Two Locals Brewery

Pennsylvania’s first Black-owned brewery and taproom is a spacious exploration in craft beer and cuisine. Owners/brothers Richard and Mengistu Koilor partnered up with local deli Liberty Kitchen to develop a menu that features their beloved hoagies and snack boards, along with Liberian and Jamaican-inspired dishes  (such as their Liberian beans, made with smoked turkey and chicken thighs, and their peanut braised eggplant, a vegan dish that includes eggplant, tomato, golden raisin, and scotch bonnet peppers).

A row of canned beers, cocktails, and a pint in a glass. Two Locals Brewery

Oltremare

This new restaurant from Townsend Wentz gives a fresh take on Italian seafood. Hamachi crudo, lobster capelletti, and charred octopus are just a few of the impressive dishes on the menu.

An Italian seafood dish. Oltremare

Dizengoff

Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook’s hummus-and-pita love letter makes a triumphant return as a grand 95 seat restaurant with a full bar and glowing menu. Now, Dizengoff 2.0 serves chicken schnitzel with Yemmenite pickles, Belgian endive salad with tehina and pistachio, falafel-fried dorade with amba — along with their renowned hummus, as desired.

A hummus dish topped with meat and herbs. Michael Persico for Dizengoff

Ding Feng Tang

Restaurateur Jack Chen brings this new addition to Chinatown that’s already bringing a wave of dumpling lovers. Highlights include savory crabmeat soup dumplings, panfried pork soup buns, Beijing-style skewers, and spicy chicken wontons.

Steamed soup dumplings. Ding Feng Tang

Mr. Pig

A new Korean barbecue joint enters Chinatown from owners Dan Ngo and his wife, Eun Park. Here, diners can order tasty dumplings, bibimbap, grilled pork belly, ribs, bulgogi, ribeye, and sizzling strip loin — a strong indication to come with a big appetite.

Korean barbecue on a grill. Mr. Pig

Rosy's Taco Bar East

Rosy’s Taco Bar proves that two taqueria spots are better than one as the hot spot expands to South Philly. Avram Hornik’s Mexican restaurant features flaky tostadas piled high with fresh crab, carnitas and pollo tinga tacos, avocado salads, and mole omelettes for brunch.

A trio of flavorful tacos with lime and sauce beside it. Rosy’s Taco Bar East

Ogawa Sushi & Kappo

Master sushi chef Minoru Ogawa is serving up an exquisite omakase in this reservation-only 12-seat spot in Old City. For two hours, prepare to enjoy 23 courses, in 29 pieces (for $200 per person) that includes A5 wagyu and foie gras, miso cod, Sashimi otsakuri, and more.

Sashimi otsakuri course. Ogawa Sushi & Kappo

Pizza Richmond

From the talented team that brought diners Sally and Martha, comes this new pizza joint in Port Richmond that’s already attracting fans of Pizza Shackamaxon. This 20-seater is serving up saucy tomato pies, classic pepperoni slices, bountiful salads, and creamy soft serves.

A slice of pepperoni pizza beside a salad, bottled Coke, and ice cream softie. Pizza Richmond

Paloma Restaurante

This Mexican-inspired BYOB from owner/chef Tim Dedja is an inventive take on traditional dishes. With dishes like lemon butter shrimp, polo a la brasa (a half chicken, served with mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus) and Seafood Paella (served with mussels, clams, shrimp, scallops, and saffron rice) — it’s an ideal date night spot in Collingswood.

A sizzling Latin rice and seafood dish. Paloma Restaurante

Call Me Crispy

This take-out restaurant in Pennsauken is serving up hot crispy chicken that’s attracting customers from all over the tri-state area. Highlights include buttermilk fried chicken tenders, as well as traditional and boneless wings, where diners can choose between adding honey barbecue, sweet chili, mango habanero, and other sauces.

A set of seasoned, fried chicken wings. Call Me Crispy

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