So you are probably getting most of your nourishment from holiday parties right now, right? But (wo)man can’t live on canapés and latkes alone. When it’s time to have a proper meal, here’s your monthly reminder of five new spots that recently opened around town.
Okay, so it’s more of a super-stylish enoteca on Russian Hill than an actual restaurant, but there are some mighty tasty bites on the menu to go with your choice glass of vino (the owner, Ceri Smith, owns the Biondivino wine shop around the corner). The dishes (created by the duo behind Boulette’s Larder) are delicious, like Wagyu beef tartare, and lentil and shell bean cassoulet with duck confit and crispy breadcrumbs—yup, much, much more than your standard wine bar fare. (2255 Polk St. at Green.)
Now (softly) open in the Design District, this casual spot is from the crew behind the Seoul Patch pop-up. The menu is “San Francisco-style Asian food,” with lunchtime dishes like the Seoul Patch fried chicken sandwich, a tofu katsu sandwich, ramen, and bibimbap. A happy hour menu (5–8:30 pm) features oysters, pork buns, wings, and kimchi pancake.
One of the biggest openings of the year, the international Chinese restaurant chain has opened with a splash on the second floor of the One Kearny building downtown. The contemporary Cantonese menu includes tea-smoked beef short ribs and braised pork belly in vinegar sauce. Lunch, brunch, and dinner are served. Come by for lunch Mon.–Fri. from 11:30 am–2:30 pm for a special Taste of Hakkasan menu for $29. The three-course lunch starts out with your choice of small eats, including steamed or fried dim sum options, then you can pick from several main dishes, such as spicy prawn with lily bulb and stir-fry black pepper rib-eye. The deal is only available during weekday lunches.
You love a meaty, salty burger? Then you need to experience a KronnerBurger in the space flanking Bruno’s in the Mission. You can enjoy Chris Kronner’s (Serpentine, Bar Tartine) famed burger that comes slathered with a white cheddar aioli, plus salads, onion rings, poutine, and more, and there’s a list of cocktails by talented bartenders in the city. It’s a bit of a hideout, and a fun restaurant industry scene. Dinner service is on Sunday and Monday, starting at 5pm. You can also swing by for “happy hour” service, which is Fri.–Sat. 4:30–8 pm. (2379 Mission St. at 20th St.)
It’s time for noodles from the inimitable Martin Yan, who has opened his first restaurant in the United States in the Westfield Mall’s “Under the Dome” restaurant space. His partners are Willy and Ronny Ng of Koi Palace (yes, the land of magical dim sum). Sit by the open kitchen and watch executive chef Tony Wu do his stuff, plus some hand-pulled noodle drama and live-fire wok action. There are seven different kinds of noodles on the menu, a multitude of meat or seafood dishes, plus a full list of dumplings. And cocktails. Come by for lunch or dinner.
Marcia Gagliardi is author of the weekly tablehopper e-column and book The Tablehopper’s Guide to Dining and Drinking in San Francisco. Read more at tablehopper.com.