Hayes Valley's New Kids On the Block

Hayes Valley's New Kids On the Block


Since restaurants Boxing Room and Nojo opened their doors, Hayes Valley has gone boom. See where to shop, imbibe, and get your art on at the even newer kids on the block.

The line at San Francisco’s newest beer garden can sometimes wrap around the block on weekends, so why not skip out of work a little early to enjoy a brew without the mayhem? Biergarten starts getting busy around 5:30 p.m. regardless of the weather—servers bring around heavy blankets to keep imbibers warm in the absence of heat lamps. No worries though. A half liter of Stiegl Pils and a brat basket (two brats and a pretzel) should be distraction enough. 424 Octavia St., 415-252-9289.

Schulzies Bread Pudding
Slated to open on Feb. 14 (as of press time), the snack shop boasts a mind-boggling 108 flavors of freshly baked, not-too-sweet bread pudding. With a following already in Venice, Calif., it’s bound to appeal to our local foodie set. Don’t miss the best-selling Earl Grey—you’ll never look at bread pudding the same way again. 364 Hayes St., 510-783-3464.

Lers Ros
The Tenderloin Thai restaurant with a cult following opened its Hayes Valley location in November. Happily, the new outpost adds wine to its menu of authentic eats. Order the pad kra prow moo krob—stir-fried pork belly with crispy rind and basil leaves. Pair it with a traditional glass of Riesling. 307 Hayes St., 415-874-9661.

Art on 
the Green
This month, a new art installation takes the place of the giant metal woman sculpture on Patricia’s Green. Look for an intricately carved steel pyramid topped with a bodhi tree. Called Future’s Past, the piece is a nod to ancient civilizations by New York artist Kate Raudenbush.

Steven Alan
Get a dose of New York chic at Steven Alan, the Manhattan retailer known for his keen eye for emerging designers. Formerly a dry cleaners, the space is outfitted in men’s and women’s wear, handbags from Steven Alan’s house line, small-batch gifts, and apothecary goods. Be on the lookout for silky dresses from Nolita’s No. 6 Store collection and classic unisex bags by J.W. Hulme Co. 445 Hayes St., 415-558-8944.

Rumor Mill...

The Blue Bottle Coffee kiosk may soon have company just across Linden Alley where a new restaurant is reportedly set to open (it will have a second entrance from the Steven Alan store). Neighbors speculate that Wise Sons Deli may make a new home here.

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