The restaurant scene in Union Square has been on fire this spring! That’s why we’re cluing you in on all the delicious experiences you can be having right now. Check out our list of the top new Union Square restaurants you need to hit up today.
Bartlett Hall – 242 O’Farrell St.
11am – 2am
Gastropub Bartlett Hall serves lunch, dinner and late night eats. Bartlett is a modern saloon with a Cali-American menu of bar bites, flat breads, barrel-aged cocktails, wines and house-brewed beers. Here, you can either catch sports on TV or find a corner table for an intimate date night!
Kin Khao – 55 Cyril Magnin
Lunch: 11:30am - 2pm, Dinner: 5:30pm - 1:30am
Kin Khao is a new kind of Thai restaurant with food blogger turned chef Pim Techamuanvivit at the helm. Her claim to fame is penchant for house-made sauces and spices that shine in authentic and fresh Thai dishes. We recommend her addictive Thai snack - peanut, pork and shrimp dip with rice crackers or her fresh take on drunken noodles.
These sister restaurants are headed by a dream team with Aveline helmed by Top Chef alum Casey Thompson and The European under the care of Beretta vet Adam Wilson. Aveline is heavier on the bites; the European is heavier on the cocktails. Aveline's elegant California menu features items like the Vegetable Garden with turtle beans, chicory soil and radish tops and abalone with wood ear mushrooms, while The European features cocktails like the Aperol Kick with Aperol, gin, bubbly and seltzer. They are sure to make excellent pre and post-theatre options as well as nice spots to drop in any night of the week!
Dirty Habit – 12 4th St.
5pm – 10pm
Dirty Habit took over the old Fifth Floor space at the Hotel Palomar this spring, bringing with it a breath of fresh, more casual air. While some may be nostalgic for the old days of white table cloths and synchronized servers, this new concept offers a comfortable and inviting atmosphere with stellar cocktails and tasty bar bites. It’s perfect for an after-work rendezvous accompanied by drinks like the Wink and a Nod cocktail with rye, Cynar and Fernet, and bites like thick cut fries with harissa oil or oysters on the half shell.
Gaspar Brasserie – 185 Sutter St.
11:30am – 11pm
The intimate and charmingly Parisian-inspired Gaspar Brasserie opened up on Sutter St. this spring, with seasonal French-Cali food and a bar menu featuring Champagne cocktails and French-style aperitifs. Their lunch menu features traditional French dishes perfect for sharing, with cheeses, charcuterie and lots of fresh soups and salads. We suggest you pair this with their house Kir, which is delish and not too boozy.
And that’s not all! Prepare your tastebuds for new concepts coming down the line at the Grand Café. The new Hotel G. Westfield SF Centre is opening up a restaurant by the 25 Lusk folks, and the Boba Guys are working on a concept right here in Union Square, too!