If you want to have a successful excursion in this town, you need a plan—and it better be a good one. Since it's not always easy to strike that perfect balance between "pre-game" drink, food and a show, we bring you the Date Night series — a block-by-block guide to weekend itineraries that only require one parking space. For this weekend's crawl, how about a night exploring the high and the low in North Beach.
The doughy, stuffed charms of pierogi have been largely confined to Eastern European bakeries and restaurants in the Avenues, like Cinderella Bakery and Russian Renaissance Restaurant, until a more recent movement over the past year or so. Now Californized versions of pierogi are showing up on unexpected menus, like the one at Absinthe, for example.
Although the Bottle Cap opened its doors last month in the skeleton of the old Washington Square Bar & Grill in North Beach to much anticipation, it still feels almost empty. Save for the bodies crowding their tables in the sprawling space (there are no shortage of these), there is next to nothing adorning its high walls except for seafoam-green paint. It all feels very cavernous–an echo chamber buzzing with shrieks, laughter, and the sounds of bartenders shaking up drinks bombarding you from all angles. Though the spot itself screams for soft edges and a touch of intimacy, get your paws on an excellent cocktail, mixed up by former Bourbon & Branch barman Pete Gowdy, and wait for the plates to arrive.