Cool latin in Philly?
Have you been to Chifa? I realize it is a Garces place but it is a Puruvian-Chinese hybrid so if you haven't checked it out it may be worthwhile. And if you have, what is your friend's opinion?
The only new place I know if in that vein is Koo Zee Doo in NoLibs which is Puertogeuese. I dunno if that counts as Latin or not, but there may be interest.
There are a bunch of other cool Latin spots that are not new like Xochitl and Lolita but I guess you've been there?