Mister Jiu's

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in North Beach & Chinatown

Success has been celebrated in this historic Chinatown banquet hall since the 1880s – but today, scoring a table at Mister Jiu's is reason enough for celebration. Build memorable banquets from chef Brandon Jew's ingenious Chinese/Californian signatures: quail and Mission-fig sticky rice, hot and sour Dungeness crab soup, Wagyu sirloin and tuna heart fried rice. Don't skip dessert – pastry chef Melissa Chou's salted plum sesame balls are flavor bombs.

Barkeep Danny Louie's cocktails grant wishes: Prosperity is seductive (vodka, passionfruit, lemongrass and foamy egg white), but Longevity (mezcal, osmanthus, aloe, lime) lingers in the memory. Auspicious lotus-flower chandeliers overhead set a party mood, so go ahead – make it an occasion with the well-priced seven-dish tasting menu ($69) and raise your toasting game with the thoughtful wine pairing ($45).