It’s officially the countdown to the holidays, and you don’t have time to futz in the kitchen. The Resy Hit List is live, just in time to navigate the last month of 2016. From the waffled grilled cheese in the basement of Liholiho to foie gras ice cream at Nomica, originality plays. Because you are where you eat, and now you can eat anywhere.
Because dinner is on. The Manufactory has it all: baked goods (hey, walnut danish!), soft serve, and now a date night menu. Set up camp. // Mission. (415) 757-0007.
Because Chef Michelle Minori’s handmade pasta has a bite. Good thing you can take a bag home. A straightforward wine program offers a selection of Italian grapes at a set price. In vino veritas: pair a glass of the Argiano with the porchetta board. // Mission. (415) 285-1200.
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Because the basement kitchen of Liholiho Yacht Club dishes out a new take on bar food. Case in point: bone marrow butter waffle. Does it get better than pre-dinner cocktails and bites? When the spam is house-made, no it does not. // Lower Nob Hill. (415) 440-5446.
Because the neighborhood’s favorite drinking house delivers a new take on Japanese. Foie gras ice cream, Shigoku oysters with seaweed ganzuri granita, and a matcha chicken karaage– Chef Hiroo Nagaharadoes not flinch. // Castro. Book now at Nomica.
Because how do they pack so much flavor into the shrimp avocado toast? Don’t question, just bite. Expertly mixed drinks like the pretty-in-pink gin daisy mean smooth sailing all night. // Mission. Book now at The Morris.
Because omakase or bust. One-chef to four-guests is good odds for an intimate night with 17 courses. Not enough? The chefs will let you order extra dishes à la carte. Live a little. // NoPa. Book now at Ju-Ni.
Because slick comfort food at Saratoga comes with over 300 whiskeys. Rare spirits is the idea, and with toga tots on the menu, you know the punch bowl is spiked. // Lower Nob Hill. (415) 932-6464.
Because the people have spoken, and Del Popolo is an institution. Handmade artisanal pizzas boast house-made sausage, mozzarella di bufala, and chestnut pesto; or keep it simple with a marinara. There’s a pizza for everybody. // Lower Nob Drive. Book now at Del Popolo.
Because the Lumaconi pasta is one dish you dreamt about all summer. Have a tickle in your throat? Order the boozed-up house cappuccino, guaranteed to kick the snot out of you. // Chinatown. Book now at Tosca Cafe.
Because if you’re looking for live jazz and a smooth Manhattan, this place is the one. Check out the chef’s daily roast and the house chop salad– it has all the fixings. // Tenderloin. (415) 358-1999.
Because brunch isn’t the only ticket to the luau, now dinner is served. Say aloha to Stone Valley Farm’s pork terrine and coconut mochi with yuzu curd. // Dogpatch. Book now at ‘Āina.