* The trendy 13th Street corridor south of Chestnut trends up a notch next month (exact date hasn't been announced) as Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran open Jamonera (105 S. 13th St., 215-922-6061), a cozy Spanish tapas bar. Expect multicultural Mediterranean dishes with a Spanish accent. Wines will match the cuisine, and there will be an extensive list of sherries. Pricing will be from $4 to $36. Tim Shaaban of Urban Space Development created Jamonera's interior look.
* Already up and serving in Fishtown is East Girard Gastropub (a/k/a The E.G.G., 200 E. Girard Ave., 267-761-9343), located where Fathom Seafood House used to be. Chef Rob Holloway, who bought Fathom from Mike Stollenwerk, takes "American" cuisine expansively, with dishes such as Ricotta Pierogies, Tacos Carnitas with braised pork, and Bangers & Mash. Earning the "pub" name will be a sharp selection of microbrews, wines and specialty cocktails.
* Speaking of hot drinks, Bar 210 at the Rittenhouse Hotel (210 W. Rittenhouse Square, 215-546-9000) warms your chill winter heart with a Buttered Cognac cocktail - Hennessy, Eucalyptus syrup, pineapple juice and a bit of mint. The bar also has a discerning wine list from sommelier Eric Simonis, and the bar menu by executive restaurant chef Jon Cichon is available from 5 p.m. to closing. Happy Hour weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m. features half-price cocktails.
* Celebrate 2012's arrival at Talula's Garden (210 W. Washington Square, 215-592-7787), which will offer a New Year's Eve six-course tasting menu for $100 ($60 additional for wine pairings), with a midnight champagne toast. Among the courses: Cape May Salt Oysters with salsify cream and handmade capellini; Fresh Pheasant and Pheasant Leg Confit with bacon, chestnut spaetzle and savoy cabbage; and Petit Lamb Rack with sweet roasted cipollini onions and glazed turnip. The regular menu will be served from 5 to 10 p.m.