The buzz from this shoebox-sized boite is electric. Step in and the whirlwind experience begins. Tables immediately greet you at the door -- including a large communal one that features kitchen views. Since opening in July, general manager and wine director Mike Pierce and executive chef Scott Youkilis from Sociale haven't had time to look back, and neither will you.
Once inside, the vibe is warm and welcoming. But if you choose to visit during the weekend, don't plan on lingering after your meal -- they have tables to turn over. Judging by my visit, this Mission District restaurant is the place to go if you're a foodie staying on the pulse of the dining scene or a local checking out what's new in your neighborhood. -- Sarah Sung