Editor's Note: We know how it goes — you plan to hit that brand new restaurant everybody's been talking about, but then the rest of your life gets in the way. Below, our top three new restaurants to visit post-holiday (now that you'll finally have the time).
Spotless white subway-tiled walls and tufted black leather banquettes make this Washington Square date spot feel like it's always been there. Make a reso several weeks in advance if you're planning a seated meal. Or hang out at the bar and sip a McKinley (Old Potrero, Douglass fir eau de vie, apple-rosemary, and Anchor Steam) as you snack on the highly addictive sea salt and vinegar pork rinds.
1652 Stockton St. (at Filbert), North Beach (415) 989-7300
Delfina's new Roman-style sister restaurant is our new favorite place to enjoy a meal at the bar. Prepare to stand and sip a nonna del diavolo (rye, Strega, ginger, lime, seltzer) while you wait for a seat. Then follow a plate of radiatore pecora e pecorino (radiatore pasta with lamb ragu, pecorino, and mint) with an off-menu Aperol tasting flight.
557 Valencia St. (between 16th and 17th), The Mission (415) 863-6800
Wo Hing General Store
Streamlined metal banquettes and funky bold-colored paintings lend a distinctly Mission feel to Charles Phan's new venture (opened in the original Slanted Door space). Warm up on a cold day with the ultra-comforting Westlake beef jook and a dry sherry punch.
584 Valencia St. (between 16th and 17th), The Mission (415) 552-2510