Now that Charles Phan is about to open his latest restaurant, Heaven's Dog & Noodle Shop, comparisons between the San Francisco super-star chef and his New York equivalent, Momofuku empire-keeper David Chang, seem inevitable. They both now preside over some of the best-loved restaurants in their respective cities, serving Asian food with a decidedly modern bent. Reservations are hard to come by at both Slanted Door and Momofuku, Ko and Momofuku Ssam bar. Chang's recently opened Momofuku Bakery–Milk Bar is his fourth venture, and Heaven's Dog makes baby number three for Phan.
Heaven's Dog opens tomorrow (opentable is taking reservations now), but the noodle shop, a narrow, small space that most closely resembles the close quarters of beloved Momofuku, won't open until February. Until then, you can belly up to the cypress-wood bar at the Dog, where the cocktails are flowing, created by all of San Francisco's wonder-tenders. To get yourself up to speed, read our article about Charles Phan before heading over, and take a peek here to check out the menu.