Where to eat right now
Tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater usually all have the same question: Where should I eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what’s new, what’s hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort, where to sip the cocktail of the moment. And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the ‘it’ places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change continually to highlight where the foodie crowds are flocking at the moment — even if that might be an older spot.

Eight Tables by George Chen
Above Chinatown’s bustling China Live restaurant and market, there’s a serene escape in the form of Eight Tables, a fine-dining restaurant based on the private chateau cuisine of China (called si fang cai). Restaurateur and chef George Chen based the restaurant on dining experiences in homes of the elite in China, and he spared no expense in its design. The multi-course menu ($225) includes luxurious versions of Chinese dishes like foie gras dumplings, and har gow with caviar. If excellent dumplings and a much lower bill are more your thing, stay downstairs for lunch or dinner at China Live. – Eater San Francisco (01.05.17)