From secret supper clubs to whiskey cocktail pairings, these exclusive dining experiences offer much more than a good view of the kitchen.
For the Whiskey Lover: Dirty Habit, San Francisco
Dirty Habit may have just opened, but the film noir–inspired restaurant and cocktail bar is already playing with its program. While the menu is typically geared toward sharing, chef David Bazirgan and bar manager Brian Means have launched a new chef’s table with a seasonal, four-course prix fixe menu and a focus on whiskey—offered now through the end of October. Each course (like asparagus with chorizo, smoked egg and preserved lemon fondue with vegetables and brioche) is paired with a different (and smaller portioned) whiskey cocktail (like the “Punched in The Teeth” with bourbon, Amaro CioCiaro, peach, lime and ginger) that’s served in beautiful vintage glassware.Plan to stay late at either of the communal tables, one on the (heated) outdoor patio and the other overlooking the restaurant’s Whiskey Wall, and the chef may treat you to a few extra surprises. Reserve in advance for six to 12 guests;12 Fourth St.; 415-348-1555; dirtyhabitsf.com.