Rebecca’s Tip: Your Complete Guide to Black Friday: Union Sqaure

Black Friday is around the corner. This is Rebecca’s Tips on how to navigate Union Square. Make it your roadmap to success… in finding deals, that is.

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Boutiques (apparel, gadgets and everything else)

7 For All Mankind Get 40% off
Abercrombie & Fitch 40% off
American Eagle Outfitters BOGO 50%
Aerosoles 50% off in-store
Babette 50% off select items
BCBG 50% off
Beautyland Beauty Supply 10% off
Crate & Barrel 30% off holiday decor
Desigual 40% off
Express 50% off.
Gap 50% Off.
H&M 60% off sale on Thanksgiving Day
J.Crew 30% off your purchase plus an extra 40% off sale styles
Lacoste 50% off men’s wovens, 40% off select men’s apparel, 30% off women’s and children’s apparel and 30% off leather goods.
Macy’s over 400 doorbuster deals
Madewell 25% off
Nordstrom Extra 20% off all clearance items
Saks Fifth Ave. 60% off select styles
Thomas Pink 40% off select styles
Uniqlo  $1, $5, and $10 Thanksgiving day deals
Victoria’s Secret 25% off beauty gifts and $9 fragrances

Restaurants

Gaspar Brasserie (Nov. 27) will entice shoppers with a complimentary glass of champagne while enjoying lunch or dinner. Pair your bubbles with a delicious entree such as the Chickpea Panisse Cakes for a seasonal pick-me-up.
E&O Kitchen and Bar (Nov. 27 11:30am -11 pm) Gift card purchasers (of $100 or more) will receive 20% back to use toward delicious handcrafted cocktails and dishes such as Indonesian Corn Fritters, Wood Grilled Burgers and Japanese Bop.
Salon & Spa

Atelier Emmanuel (Nov. 28-29) New clients will receive 15% off services with select service providers and discounts on products.

Part 3: What’s Open? Thanksgiving Dinner by Neighborhood

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Cocotte (Russian Hill)

Executive Chef and co-owner, Mikael Audry, a native from Sancerre, uses local produce and organic ingredients to create the purest seasonal flavors. If you are looking for tender slow- roasted dishes, savory sauces and filling sides, Cocotte has created a unique menu to exceed the palates’ desires. Chef’s menu includes signature items such as Eggs “Meurette,” Beef Wellington and Coq Au Vin in addition to alternative seafood combinations, reflecting the French countryside farmland and ardor of the Mediterranean.

Isa (Presidio Heights)

Not too many chefs have their restaurants by age 26, but Chef Luke Sung is never the one to take things slow. He named the restaurant after his daughter Isabelle, Sung crafted Cal French style, classically prepared dishes, many featuring flavors of Provence which works very well with Californian ingredients.

Le P’tit Laurent (Glen Park)

Le P’tit Laurent is owned by Laurent Legendre, whose passion for great food and wine has resulted in a fine reputation in his adopted San Francisco. Born and raised in Paris, Laurent studied at the internationally acclaimed Ecole Hoteliere and worked at top Parisian restaurants Tour d’argent. Elysee Le Notre, Arpege and Amphycles.

The Old Clam House (South Beach/Mission Bay)

Uniquely San Francisco, The Old Clam House is the City’s oldest restaurant serving quality seafood and spirits in the same location since 1861. It has survived many city transformations, including the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906.

Ruth’s Chris (Hayes Valley)

The best steakhouse in San Francisco, California is Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Treat yourself to a USDA Prime steak that arrives sizzling on a 500° plate and a bottle from our award-winning wine list. With a spacious bar and multiple dining rooms that are ideal for business dinners, private parties and date nights, our San Francisco steakhouse offers a dining experience you and your guests will long remember.

Rebecca’s Tips:

Nothing on the list tickles your fancy? Get adventurous and leave the city. The hot spots include Napa, Sonoma, Calistoga, Yountville, Berkeley, Palo Alto, Half Moon Bay and Sausalito!

Part 2: What’s Open? Thanksgiving Dinner by Neighborhood

And here’s part 2!

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Big 4 Restaurant (Nob Hill)

Established in October 1976, Big 4 Restaurant at The Scarlet Huntington was named after the reputed “Big Four” industrialists – Collis P. Huntington, Charles Crocker, Leland Stanford and Mark Hopkins – famed railroad tycoons of the nineteenth century who played a vital role in San Francisco’s history and early development. The renovated restaurant pays tribute to the grandeur of earlier eras, retaining its elegance with an impressive collection of original artifacts, historical photographs and memorabilia from California’s unique history. Loyal patrons and first-time guests enjoy the live piano entertainment that fills this one-of-a-kind destination with refreshing soul.

Bisou (Castro)

Bisou is a french restaurant, serving French cuisine with a Californian accent. Bisou is part of a movement called Bistronomy, where the focus is on using organic locally grown products served with style, in a casual and familial environment.

Bobo’s (Marina/Cow Hollow)

(bo-bo-kwee-var-ee) is the venetian court jester of comedy, embodied in a popular Italian marionette. Bobo’s is a stylish twist on the traditional steakhouse. Chef Andrea Froncillo has created a delectable menu that blends steak, crab, Asian-Italian fusion and comfort food.

Buca di Beppo (SOMA)

Buca di Beppo is a neighborhood Italian restaurant in San Francisco, CA with a lively atmosphere and authentic Italian menu for all to enjoy. In the spirit of Italian culture, our dishes are meant to be shared and served family-style, perfect for passing around the table.

Calzone’s (North Beach)

For a completely different take on North Beach, head up the street to Calzone’s. This sparkling bistro has a large awning along the front with tables and chairs beneath it, perfect for watching the crowd go by on a lazy afternoon.

Chili House (Richmond District)

Chef Han has served two Chinese Presidents and he was the previous executive chef in the office of the Consulate General of China in San Francisco.

To be continued… tune in for the last part of this 3-part feature!

What’s Open?! Thanksgiving Dinner by Neighborhood

Not all of us will have the pleasure (and energy) to cook up a Thanksgiving Dinner. Maybe some of us are not even planning to celebrate it. Fear not! There are restaurants open for this Holiday.

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Rebecca’s Tip: Make early reservations. Oh, and MAKE EARLY RESERVATIONS.

1300 on Fillmore (Pacific Heights)

In 2007, Chef David Lawrence and Monetta White opened the doors of 1300 on Fillmore with the mission to serve inventive Low Country cuisine, and bring every neighborhood, culture, and class a little taste of comfort dining. Located in The Fillmore Jazz District, 1300 on Fillmore dishes up modern riffs on Low Country classics with top-notch ingredients, creative libations, live music and a posh supper club vibe.

3rd Cousin (Bernal Heights)

 

Chef Greg Lutes brings 3rd Cousin to Cortland Avenue in Bernal Heights. It is the long awaited brick an mortar home of the acclaimed Kinfolk @ 903 pop up that ran weekly in 2014. The food features local organic produce, local seafood and with Chef Lutes being from the Midwest only the highest quality organic, free range and grass fed meats and poultry. A New American cuisine that blends unique and creative flavors and presentations. Kale, Pine Nut and Ricotta Fritters, Uni Creme Brûlée, Pork Belly and Scallops are samples of the signature dishes that will be on the menu.

501 Zingari (Union Square)

Zingari is among the best Italian restaurants that provide fine dining in San Francisco. Zingari brings authentic Northern Italian food to the San Francisco community. This fine dining experience offers an amazing wine list paired with Italian food from all over Italy. The history of Zingari reflects on the fine dining experience with friendly and knowledgeable wait staff that we work on creating everyday. We look forward to serving you!

Alioto’s (Fisherman’s Wharf)

Alioto’s Restaurant is a classic seafood restaurant now run by the fourth generation of the Alioto family. Alioto’s began as a fresh fish stall on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf in 1925, making it one of San Francisco’s oldest restaurants. Since then, little has changed. Fish is still bought fresh daily including sea bass, sand dabs, sole, swordfish, tuna, scallops, salmon and Dungeness crab, all locally caught, when possible. Alioto’s never skimps on the fish they purchase.

Bask (Financial District)

The Basque Country (Basque: Euskal Herria) is the name given to a region of Spain in the western Pyrenees that spans the border between France and Spain. Its cuisine enjoys a reputation for being one of the best in the world. Basque dishes are not based on elaborate sauces or spice combinations. The excellence of Basque cooking is due to the use of high quality, local ingredients in season, combined with preparation that enhances the natural flavor of the food. The clue of the Basque cuisine is the fresh ingredients.

Beso (Mission)

Beso Bistronomia offers high quality Spanish (Catalan Tapas) cuisine in a friendly, local bistro environment. Beso has its exclusive farm. Napa Kitchen Gardens is the exclusive grower for the Bisou Group, providing locally grown, super fresh organic, baby specialty produces and herbs. Chef Nick Ronan and his chefs design seasonal menus with the Farm Manager in order to facilitate a unique grow to order connection that supports ever changing seasonal menus.

To be continued…

Musee Mecanique

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The Musée Mécanique is a for-profit interactive museum consisting of 20th-century penny arcade games and artifacts located at Fisherman’s Wharf. The museum owns over 300 mechanical machines and is one of the largest privately owned collection of such games in the world.Musée_Mécanique_003.JPGefe05071.jpg

Ed Zelinsky began collecting at age 11 and his games were exhibited in the 1920s at Playland. In 1972 Playland closed and Musée Mécanique became a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

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The museum moved into the basement of the famed Cliff House, just a few blocks north and across the Great Highway from the Playland site.

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Zelinsky’s son, Dan Zelinsky, took a temporary job in the 1970s maintaining the collection.

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The museum was featured in the 2001 film The Princess Diaries and in a 2011 episode of the Japanese television show GameCenter CX.

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Rebecca’s Tip:

They accept private parties! But… due to wide appeal, they do not close to the public during our posted open hours.

 

Mission San Francisco de Asis

Mission San Francisco de Asís, or Mission Dolores, is the oldest surviving structure in San Francisco and the seventh religious settlement established as part of the California chain of missions.

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The Misión San Francisco de Asís was founded June 29, 1776. The settlement was named for St. Francis of Assisi, the founder of the Franciscan Order, but was also commonly known as “Mission Dolores” owing to the presence of a nearby creek named Arroyo de los Dolores, or “Creek of Sorrows.”

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The Cemetery and Gardens of Mission Dolores are located adjacent to the Old Mission. The beautiful gardens have been restored and planted with traditional native trees, shrubs, flowers, and plants from the 1791 period. The rose garden was a gift of the Golden Gate Rose Society and is tended by members of the Society every week. Our garden also contains an Ohlone Indian ethno-botanic garden and examples of Native American plants and artifacts.

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Rebecca’s Tips:

Docent Tours
By reservation only for groups of ten or more. It is suggested that you make reservations 4-6 weeks in advance.

Field Trips
Mission Dolores welcomes hundreds of school groups every year. A one hour guided tour is available with at least four weeks notice and subject to availability. Due to the large numbers of students visiting the Old Mission and concerns for the safety of visitors and the priceless cultural treasures of Mission Dolores, schools must have reservations. Suggested donation for students is $3.00 per student with an advance deposit required. reservation.

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San Francisco City Hall

It is the seat of government for our city and county and yes, with the festive decorative lighting, it sure is pretty too.

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Re-opened in 1915 in its open space area in the city’s Civic Center, it is a Beaux-Arts monument to the City Beautiful movement that epitomized the high-minded American Renaissance of the 1880s to 1917. Did you know that City Hall’s dome is the fifth largest in the world? It’s taller than that of the Capitol by 42 feet.

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The present building replaced an earlier City Hall that was destroyed during the 1906 earthquake, which was 2 blocks from the present one.

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City Hall is located at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, in San Francisco, and is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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Sustainable Architecture: K-House

I’m sure its only a matter of time, especially here in California, before our own architects follow suit. The project, dubbed K-House is the perfect marriage between environmental sustainability and modern architecture. Who says you can’t be environmentally conscious, socially impactful and live in style? You can and here’s proof.

View the K-House.

 

Candlestick “The Stick” Park

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Candlestick Park was an outdoor sports and entertainment stadium venue located in the SF Bayview Heights. The stadium was originally built as the home of The SF Giants who played there from 1960 until moving into AT&T Park in 2000. It was also the home field of the 49ers of the until 2013.

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The stadium was situated at Candlestick Point on the western shore of the SF Bay. Due to its location next to the bay, strong winds often swirled down into the stadium, creating erratic playing conditions.

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As we all know, demolition of this iconic and beloved park “The Stick” began in 2014 and is now completed.

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AT&T Park: Home of The Giants

AT&T Park is a baseball park located in the South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. Since 2000, it has served as the home of the San Francisco Giants, the city’s Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise.

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Originally named Pacific Bell Park, then SBC Park in 2003 after SBC Communications acquired Pacific Bell, the stadium was ultimately christened AT&T Park in 2006 following SBC’s merger with AT&T.

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AT&T Park, with its breathtaking views and classic design, was chosen as the 2008 Sports Facility of the Year by Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily as part of the inaugural Sports Business Awards program. The first privately financed ballpark in Major League Baseball since 1962, the Giants’ home has many incredible features.

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Rebecca’s Tip: Going for a game? Opt for public transportation. You’ll thank us later!