Five Things to Know About Jasper's Corner Tap and Kitchen
Praised for its atmosphere of "instant fun" by The New York Times, Jasper's Corner Tap and Kitchen has built a solid following with its on-tap Negronis and swoon-worthy pub food. Here are some other facets that make Jasper's stand out:
The name pays homage to San Francisco's heritage. An immigrant from Ireland, Jasper O'Farrell built and named some of the city's most famous streets, including the nearby Market Street.
Critics adore the poutine. Jasper's press clippings boast numerous shout-outs to their fries, especially a poutine smothered with cheese curds, mushrooms, and brown gravy.
A late night menu is available until 2 a.m. Offered every Thursday–Saturday, late night options include the pork belly grilled cheese, one of the city's "must-try grilled cheese sandwiches" according to Zagat.
The tap stays seasonal. In addition to plenty of bottled options, Jasper's rotates beers from local and international breweries through its 18 taps every season.
It's nestled within San Francisco's theater district. A popular locale for pre- and post-show dining, Jasper's is only one block south of the city's famed Curran Theatre and American Conservatory Theater.
For an entree that scores high on the taste test, try one of the many options available at Kiku Of Tokyo in San Francisco.
Easily accessible parking options are located near this dining establishment.
There's no need to bust your budget at Kiku Of Tokyo, with affordable prices that almost always stay under $15.
Salmon, tuna, unagi, you name it! For truly fresh sushi with four-star flavor, Sakana is the ultimate go-to spot.
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at Sakana. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
Sakana offers a generous BYOB policy for diners.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this sushi spot has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Avoid playing the waiting game and call ahead for a table.
This sushi spot offers carryout for your convenience.
Take the car and arrive promptly to dinner; parking is plentiful, so don't worry about setting aside time to search for a space.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
Sakana is serving up some of the most highly-rated sushi in all of San Francisco.
If you are new to the world of sushi, head on over to Sakana and discover some creative and classic rolls.
In Focus: Katana-ya
Specialties: award-winning ramen, don buri (rice bowls), and fresh sushi
Highest honor: Michelin-recommended 2012–2013
Popular dishes: fried-chicken ramen and spicy-tofu ramen
Pro tip: all ramen dishes are customizable, with rich or light broths flavored with miso, soy, or salt, and a multitude of toppings
For the indecisive: combo meals with ramen and fried rice or sushi
Peak hours: lunchtime, when the line routinely stretches out the door
Best time to go: dinner or for a late-night snack (open until 1:30 a.m. daily)
Seating: space in the dining room is limited, but table turnover is quick
Takes reservations: no
In Focus: Anzu
Specialty: sustainable California cuisine with an Asian flair
Location: on the second floor of Hotel Nikko, overlooking the lobby
Most popular dish: misoyaki black cod with truffle-dashi sauce
Best way to cook with rocks: Roast your own appetizer-size strips of beef on a superheated stone at your table.
Must-try drink: one of the signature sake martinis
Number of wines: about 280 bottles
The vibe: chic and modern, with streamlined furniture, intricate light fixtures, and Asian–inspired flourishes
Where to put your car: Two-hour complimentary valet parking is available during dinner Thursday–Saturday.
At Miyabiya Sushi and Grill, people indulge in two classically Japanese cuisines, one perhaps more familiar than the other. There is sushi, which chefs prepare at an exhibition bar to the delight of those sitting before it. Spider and rainbow rolls mingle with specialty creations, such as the vegan roll with asparagus, yam, and enoki in soy paper.
The other specialty here is yakitori. These grilled entrees showcase a range of skewered meats, from Angus beef and bacon-wrapped scallops to chicken livers and hearts. These, too, are prepared in full view of patrons, clearing up any mystery around how they get those skewers through the little morsels of meat.