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 St., 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.
Chubby Noodle: Expanding from North Beach, Pete Mrabe brings shiitake mushroom dumplings, bean thread noodles in mushroom stock, pork and shrimp shumai, and raw dishes to the Marina. Also look for "cold tea," a cocktail served in a teapot. 2205 Lombard St., 655-3335, cubbynoodle.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.
Red Dog: New SOMA spot from Il Cane Rosso's Lauren Kiino has a casual, all-day menu as well as a full bar for the post-work tech crowd. Yes, her famous warm egg salad sandwich and deviled-ham Scotch egg are on the menu. 303 Second St. Plaza, 692-0211, reddogrestaurant.com.