Appetite: Bar Crudo's new digs, Bruno's good evening, sweetbreads, pastas, and more
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Campy/classy Good Evening Thursdays
Good Evening Thursdays at Bruno's... a sexy, weekly, speakeasy-like supper club
Take "Pussycat" in giant, Parisian '60's lettering, white tablecloths and waiters in vintage suits, a Rat Pack-vibe menu (reasonably priced) of Filet Mignon with bone marrow, chop salad, martinis, and Oysters Rockefeller, throw in a leering cat from the rafters, and, yes, a gold pole in the middle of the room (hmmm...?) and you have Good Evening Thursdays (at least until another name is decided upon). Up leopard-carpeted stairs in Bruno's intimate, 35-seat private room, you've got yourself about the coolest non-restaurant, meal ticket in town. The genius behind this concept? A cracker-jack chef line-up of Chris Kronner (from Serpentine), Slow Club, Chez Panisse), Danny Bowien (of Bar Tartine), Sam White and Howie Correa (both front of house at Chez Panisse), and Oliver Monday (from brand new flour+water) who create and cook the meals each week. I went on debut night, May 7, and found it worth dressing up for. Sans reservations, the downstairs '60's-chic lounge celebrates Thursdays, too, no res. required, with old school imbibements and killer bar food, like Let's Be Frank dogs with kimchi and bacon mayo, or pork banh mi. Read more and see photos in my latest Perfect Spot newsletter.
2389 Mission, SF
Artic char at Bar Crudo
Who says there's a recession? All these new openings are keeping me busy... 5A5 Steak Loungeofficially debuted last week (mentioned in soft opening phase in my Perfect Spot newsletter). Ebisu just re-opened, remodeled and with new menu. In SoMa, Italian La Briciola opened where Vino e Cucina used to be. Swell took over in the former Bar Crudo space with Japanese Euro ethos still in play. Moroccan fave Tajine even returned... inside a Van Ness club, Heights Lounge.