After years of renovation and preparation, Chef Claude Le Tohic’s six-story, multi-concept exercise in Francophilia ONE65 is almost fully up and running, in partnership with Alexander’s Steakhouse. A few weeks ago, we already took on Elements, the fourth-floor bar with cocktails by beverage director Trevin Hutchins — including the tequila-based Bird in the Hand, which is really less of a bird and more of a full-on aviary. (It’s like a Paloma for four people, each of them in control of their own spigot.)
Similarly, the first-floor patisserie and boutique — designed to catch your eye before you think about pressing the up button on the elevator — is now open as well. There, you’ll find an enormous vitrine loaded with macarons and plenty of chocolates.
On the third floor, ONE65 Bistro & Grill gives chef de cuisine Jennifer Dewasha a platform for veg-forward, California-French cooking for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch — with a number of billionaire-friendly touches like a liquor wall for people to store their own bottles on-site. Dishes such as a skate wing with grenobloise sauce or a vaudouvan-and-leek-tartare vichysoise encapsulate the spirit of elegance without setting comically exorbitant price points — and all the items are available one floor up at Elements, too. Notably, everything coming out of this kitchen is prepared on an induction burners, without a hood.
This 1908 building near Union Square has probably gone through a number of incarnations since its construction, but it’s a safe bet that the fifth and six floors were never quite this united or rigorously thought out. The James Beard Award-winning Le Tohic’s forthcoming O’, a pun on the French word for water, takes up both levels, with a number of options for regal or otherwise private dining. The Chef’s Table (with seats for eight), the Moss Room (occupancy: six), and the Cherrywood Room (accommodating up to 20 people) and it’s scheduled to open by June 6. Get ready, because this one has grand finale potential.
ONE65, 165 O’Farrell St., 415-814-8888 or one65sf.com