Bastia opens in March. | Stuart Goldenberg
Highlights include crunchy fried chicken, local lagers, Korean pastries, and much, much more
Around this time, before you can get enough of the seasonal holiday blitz, a new year arrives. While that appears to be nothing short of a “where did the time go,” at least in Philly, there are plenty of things to anticipate for 2024 — and that includes incredible dining and sipping. There’s lots of new restaurants, bars, and cafes opening in Philly this year, so the following list includes only a select few of the ones we’re looking forward to (but you only come here for the best of the best, right). So it’s about time you start revisiting your Resy, Tock, and OpenTable accounts and plan your future reservations ahead of time. Don’t worry, your favorite mainstays are still around — but an even more exciting new year is officially here.
3675 Market Street, University City
Two Locals Brewing Co.
Two Locals Brewing Co. is opening in January.
History will be made this winter when brothers Richard and Mengistu Koilor open Philly’s first Black-owned brewery in the heart of University City. After years of experimenting with various brews, the Koilor brothers will finally open their own location at uCity Square with Fishtown’s Liberty Kitchen on board to run their dining program.
120 Chestnut Street, Old City
After opening the popular Black-owned restaurant Amina in Old City, owner Felicia Wilson and her chef partner Darryl Harmon are now launching a fried chicken BYOB in the same neighborhood.
3136 Richmond Street, Port Richmond
The city’s pizza scene will expand with this new intimate spot from the culinary minds who opened Sally, Pizza Shackamaxon, and Martha.
626 S 16th Street, Graduate Hospital
Seaforest Bakeshop is opening in February.
Graduate Hospital is getting a new cozy café and bakeshop that’s featuring Korean-influenced treats, cakes, and more. Owner Sue Lee, a self-taught baker from Seoul, South Korea, will be serving up speciality coffee drinks in her roughly 800 square-feet spot.
1824 S. 13th Street, East Passyunk
Another year, another tasty Italian BYOB. This time, Chef Chris Miller and Dejvi Furxhi is bringing one to East Passyunk that’s expected to be ready just in time for Valentine’s Day.
1401 E. Susquehanna Avenue, Fishtown
Bastia opens in March.
408 S. Second Street, Society Hill
The old building of the former Xochitl will now become Chef Nicholas Bazik’s French seafood restaurant that will showcase his love of tasting menus.
611 S. Seventh Street, South Street
Kampar is opening this spring.
Chef Ange Branca is bringing her James Beard award-nominated Sate Kampar to South Street with a continuation of her tasty Malaysian cuisine and passion for diverse community cooking.
1175 Ludlow Street, Center City
Center City is getting a laid-back Italian hotspot with a focus on pizza from the owners who brought us Wm. Mulherin’s Sons in Fishtown.
2816 W. Girard Avenue, Brewerytown
Baby’s Kusina & Market
Baby’s Kusina & Market opens early this year.
For the past six years, Tam and Raquel Dang operated a successful a Filipino food pop-up that gained the praise of food critics and diners alike. This year, they will finally open Baby’s Kusina and Market in their Brewerytown neighborhood with a seasonal all-day menu that highlights both classic and contemporary Filipino cuisine. Expect weekend supper clubs, a coffee program with beans from the Philippine roasted locally by Càphê Roasters, a retail section that includes Filipino and Southeast Asian market items, and so much more.