In terms of notable neighbourhoods where young professionals spend most of their time, the Financial District is amongst the top. Whether that is by choice or not is a completely different story, still there is no denying that this is where most of the major commercial movement happens and a where massive amount of YPs spend their work-lives. We like the FD, here’s why, ladies & gents:
Billed as the spot for “Fine Grub & Libations,” The Gabardine is a favourite amongst Bay Streeters and out-of-the core foodies alike. The snack menu is ample if you’re just looking for a little accompaniment to a stiff drink – we love the warm olives and the cheese croquettes – and the grilled skirt steak is an exceptional dinner. The atmosphere is chic and casual, just perfect.
Ah…Volos. The little restaurant that could. Well, it’s not that little. And it does have a prime location. Volos boasts some decidedly perfect Greek food, from exohico to saganaki and everything between. The best part is you never feel weighed down or over-garlicked when leaving. Try some of the superb Greek wines while you’re there too.
It’s gorgeous if a little opulent, but Modus has some exceptional touches thanks to Chef Bruce Wood’s focused approach to Italian dining. The rigatoni with wild boar sausage ragu is drool-inducing, as is the braised lamb shank with polenta. Don’t leave without trying the chocolate torte with sea salt. It’s delightful.
Sushi paradise, izakaya offerings, and some sublime libations make a ki a popular spot throughout the year. (Though in the warmer months it’s especially happening thanks to its patio.) We love the wide selection of maki, like the tempura lobster or spicy avocado. And the celery elyx cocktail is worth trying at least once, just because it’s so darned interesting.
Earls King Street
Earls’ patio is the stuff summer’s made of. It’s large and in charge, and located in an exceptional spot. The food’s pretty bomb too, and the service is great. Sure, it’s a chain, but you can’t fault the West Coast casual dining atmosphere and matching grub. The tuna nachos are perfection (though ask for no cheese), and the gnocchi with burrata is creamy goodness. PS David Beckham stopped here a couple weeks back post-game.