San Francisco's new Japantown

San Francisco's hottest movie theater, coolest hotel, and most cutting-edge culture are all waiting to be discovered

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Bushi-Tei Even at $95, the omakase (tasting menu) is a worthwhile splurge. More economical is Sunday brunch; don't miss the brioche French toast. INFO: $$$$; closed Mon; 1638 Post St.; 415/440-4959.

Kiss Seafood The artful presentations and attentive service feel like a real indulgence, but the prices are fair, especially the $42 six-course tasting menu, which includes everything from steamed sea urchin with tofu to slow-cooked octopus to ultra-fresh sashimi and sushi. It's tiny, so make a reservation. INFO: $$$$; closed Sun-Mon; 1700 Laguna St.; 415/474-2866.

O Izakaya Lounge Stop in for a taste of izakaya (small, shareable plates meant to accompany sake) at Hotel Kabuki's new sports-themed lounge. INFO: $$$$; 1625 Post; 415/614-5431.


Sundance Kabuki Cinemas A refreshing new model for the multiplex: online seating reservations, living-room-like armchairs, and a balcony bar ($$) where you can pair wine with an artisanal cheese plate or grilled panini. INFO: $8.50-$13.50; 1881 Post; 415/929-4650.

Kabuki Springs & Spa It was one of the largest communal bathhouses in the United States when it was built in 1971. These days, it's also the city's most democratic spa, serving up serenity to the masses: It's just $20 to $25 to use the hot pool, cold plunge, sauna, and Japanese bathing areas (more for spa treatments). INFO: 1750 Geary Blvd.; 415/922-6000.



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