Five Openings of Note

What global recession? Let’s start the year off right.

2000 Hyde St.

Who didn’t need a hug after Russian Hill’s quite standby Zarzuela closed after so many years? The solace comes from Abrazo, a Spanish-centric, pan-Mediterranean spot serving albondigas, seafood paella, and a bavette bistec for under $30.

Pizzeria Delfina
688 Mission St.

The fifth location (and third in San Francisco) of Annie and Craig Stoll’s beloved Neapolitan pizza spot has opened in the former A.G. Ferrari Foods in SoMa, with a rotating menu and a pinker-than-pink bathroom.

2419 Third St.

This all-sommelier wine bar from partners Rebecca Fineman and Chris Gaither (with food by Boulevard’s Nicholas Turpin) puts an emphasis on Champagne and all the tasty things that pair with it, from formal Tsar Nicoulai caviar service to buttermilk fried chicken.

Holycraft Brewing Taproom
787 Broadway

No longer strictly a contract-brewing operation, Holycraft finally has a home of its own to serve Harajuku Girl Japanese-style rice lager and Angels Gold Belgian-style Ale — plus, by taking over North Beach’s Sip Bar & Lounge, it’s got some breathing room to play around with new ideas.

Redfield Cider Bar & Bottle Shop
5815 College Ave., Oakland,

Rockridge is now home to the East Bay’s first cider bar, a project from husband-and-wife team of Mike Reis and Olivia Maki. With 16 beer and cider taps and plenty of flights to taste, there will be at least 150 different ciders available, encompassing the full range of this often-misunderstood beverage.

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