Philadelphia welcomes new rave-worthy restaurants, and two celebrity chefs move into Atlantic City.
CoZara combines cultures through Japanese tapas-style small plates with big, bold flavors.
From the pair that brought us Cheu Noodle Bar comes a new concept on East Passyunk. “[It’s a] modern take on a South Chinese dim sum parlor,” says co-owner Shawn Darragh. “We will be specializing in a variation of filled doughs, and the menu will riff on traditional dim sum appetizers, along with specialty teas, punch bowls, and a small draft list.” 1648 E. Passyunk Ave., 215-287-2533
Martorano’s Italian-American Kitchen
Steve Martorano’s new venture will serve as a homecoming for the South Philly–born chef. “With a vibrant nightlife scene in place and a little something for everyone, Harrah’s Resort is the ideal fit for the launch of my fourth restaurant,” Martorano says. Guests will enjoy inspired Italian dishes such as the signature eggplant stack, meatballs, and bucatini carbonara. 777 Harrah’s Blvd., Atlantic City, 609-441-5000
City Tap House–Logan Square
“When we opened City Tap House in University City, we were overwhelmed with the reception we received from the public,” says co-owner Gary Cardi. “Logan Square is becoming the epicenter of Philly’s central business district. It was natural for us to bring the City Tap House brand to that location.” 2 Logan Sq., 215-587-9040
The new University City restaurant, with a name meaning “small plates,” features tapas-style Japanese cuisine by chef Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka. The space serves true Japanese izakaya dishes, including dumplings, soba, and yakitori. Red and black hues accent the décor. 3200 Chestnut St., 267-233-7488
“Our new neighborhood resembles Pennsport (where our first shop is located) in that it’s relatively underserved [considering] how many people live here,” says Felicia D’Ambrosio, a partner at the fried-chicken-and-donuts-only Philly franchise. “It also boggles my mind that the new walk-in refrigerator at Seventh and Fairmount Streets is as big as the entire Pennsport store!” 701 N. Seventh St., 267-687-8258
Good Stuff Eatery
Top Chef season four runnerup Spike Mendelsohn recently opened up shop in Rittenhouse Square, where burger lovers will find American classics like burgers, salads, and shakes. Pair hand-cut fries with a creative sandwich and a Salty Caramel Kiss milkshake. 108 S. 18th St., 267-928-2848
Guy Fieri’s Chophouse
Celebrity chef Guy Fieri is making his debut in Atlantic City with the opening of his new Chophouse. Bally’s will house the stainless steel-and-brass-accented restaurant, which will serve signature dishes such as java-rubbed rib eye chop as well as New Jersey–inspired cuisine like the Jersey tomato salad and Cape May fried flounder. Bally’s, Park Place and Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 609-340-4000
The Hattery Stove & Still
The Doylestown Inn recently welcomed a restaurant addition, lobby-level bar, and a third-floor private event space to their 11-guest room boutique hotel. The kitchen is led by Nigerian-born chef Hakeem Otenigbagbe, who whips up everything from steak and seared fish to tacos and burgers. 18 W. State St., Doylestown, 215-345-1527
In The Corner’s former home in Midtown Village comes Tony Rim’s new restaurant led by Executive Chef Paul Martin. A Louisiana native, Martin makes dishes that recall his childhood, with Cajun cuisine such as oyster shots, confit rabbit nuggets, and po’ boys atop Leidenheimer rolls from the bayou. 102 S. 13th St., 215-735-7500