Aveline: Casey Thompson's (Top Chef) new spot in the Warwick hotel features an open kitchen where all the new Californian cooking happens. Expect dishes like succulents, pepperoni, and fried chicken; kimchi powder with pickled vegetables; and abalone with wood ear mushrooms. 490 Geary, 292-6430, avelinesf.com.
Captain and Corset: The brainchild of an Ike's alum, this wine bistro combines humble dining with an elegant twist. Coffee braised lamb tacos and broiled chicken paillard are just some of the creations on the menu prepared by Picán executive chef Sophina Uong. 2212 Broadway, Oakland, 510-496-4256, captainandcorset.com.
Chino: Taking over Andalu's spot at 16th and Guererro is this Chinatown-inspired joint brought by the folks at Tacolicious. There are steamed buns, lumpia, riblets, Boba tea-inspired cocktails, and more, but all you really need to know is there are a lot of dumplings on the menu and they are open until 1 a.m. 3198 16th St., 552-5771, chinosf.com.
The European: Across the hall from Aveline is its brother establishment, a vintage-meets-modern bar from Adam Wilson, formerly of Beretta. He's pairing old-timey European cocktails contemporary versions in his "Now and Then" special. Weekend brunch is expected to begin late summer. 490 Geary, 292-6430, avelinesf.com.
Mae Krua: Traditional, homestyle Thai is the latest addition to 331 Cortland. Heavily influenced by his grandmother's cooking, Anucha Kongthavorn of Thaistick brings vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes like curry rice balls stuffed with cheese, coconut bean soup, and garlic and pepper soy protein. 331 Cortland, 574-7334.
San Francisco Athletic Club: Beer by the tub, 28 TVs, bleachers, pool and shuffleboard tables, all in time for the world cup. Food from Matt Rosson and Sam Kazik of the Corner Store includes bacon-wrapped hot dogs, sriracha wings, and a classic burger. 1750 Divisidero.