This new addition to San Francisco’s dining scene is impressive the second you walk out of the elevator that takes you to the sixth floor. The grand space (formerly the historic banquet hall of Empress of China) has been revived with opulent details, starting with a tea lounge that sits under an antique octagon-shaped pergola from Taiwan and a skylight that filters soft beams of sunlight. This is an excellent spot to enjoy tea service (or a cocktail) for a first or second date. When you’re ready to take it up a notch, make a reservation and ask for a table in the front dining room next to a window with cerulean leather booths and wood partition, as well as views of North Beach. The modern Cantonese tasting menu from Michelin-starred Chef Ho Chee Boon consists of small bites (like dumplings topped with caviar and hand-pulled noodles with mushrooms) and definitely feels a little sensual, or at least incredibly thoughtful. It’s an impressive experience that will make your date feel special.
How to book: online.