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Amy Finley | Photo: Andrea Bricco; Gaijin photo by Arlene Ibarra Photography | March 28, 2013
Downtown’s Asian influx heats up with a new noodle bar and nightclub, sake bombs for grown-ups and to-die-for sashimi. Here’s your guide!
Graham Downes’ spare, Blade Runner-esque design for Jon Mangini’s Asian resto is dark and sexy—fitting for the bar’s house-bottled fizzy cocktails and succulent pan-Asian dishes (lacquered duck with pancakes, curried lobster crepes) from chef Jo Ann Plympton. gangkitchen.com
Gaijin Noodle + Sake House
After a year, the noodle joint welcomes a lineup of cocktails from the Queen-Conner-Ward Collective. Their signature Gaijin Sling was concocted to pair with the buzzy spot’s popular rock sugar-crusted carnitas bao bao buns. gaijinsd.com
Celeb chef Kevin Roberts drafted Gregory Okshteyn (Jay-Z’s go-to designer/architect) for an irreverent sushi playground on Market that will pair flash-fried wild mushrooms and buttery Kobe beef dishes with 18-year-old Yamazaki whiskey. 411 Market St.
Paul Basile’s glass-wrapped sidewalk patio and clean, organic design totally transform this trolley-track-side corner locale. It boasts downtown’s best omakase sashimi, stellar albacore and a dizzying selection of craft beers. ogawashi.com
The pocket-sized Little Italy ramen house (another Basile design) gained a new outdoor patio replete with pig-stamped chairs. A dozen seats will be added when an upstairs expansion is completed this year. Spoons, however, will still be verboten. godblessunderbelly.com