Why It's Hot: Its initial opening weeks sold out immediately from their unique ticketing system akin to Alinea and Next in Chicago. Lawyer-turned-chef David Barzelay launched his underground pop-up, Lazy Bear, hosting imaginative tasting-menu dinners that gained a huge cult following (and had long waiting lists). He takes it to the next level in his new brick-and-mortar location in the Mission's former Hi Lo space, which opened at the end of September. Start upstairs with punch cocktails and fine-dining-quality bites in the midcentury-meets-modern loft, then head downstairs to two long communal tables for a unique, shared dining experience.
Must-Order: It's an ever-changing prix fixe menu of 12-18 courses at $120 per person, with the bread course one of the many highlights (a sample dinner experience here).
Insider Tip: Tickets are nonrefundable (but transferable) and are released monthly — purchase tickets here.
3416 19th St.; 415-874-9921