The coronavirus crisis hasn’t spared any cuisine or any neighborhood in San Francisco, but the city’s Chinatown — and its Chinese restaurants in general — bore the brunt of the burden weeks before the region-wide fallout.
Even so, any reports of Chinatown’s demise are premature. Yes, many of the big dim sum houses were closed for a while, and the streets are much emptier without the usual tourist foot traffic. By now, however, most of the restaurants have reopened for takeout and/or delivery, including some of the neighborhood’s most beloved, long-enduring spots. Some are even featuring new offerings — like 3rd-party delivery or frozen to-go dim sum — for the very first time.
Here are 19 new and classic Chinatown spots that are open at the time of publication, perfect for satisfying your dim sum or barbecue rice plate cravings.
As of publication time, some of these restaurants offer seated, outdoor dining. However, their inclusion should not be taken as endorsement for sit-down dining, as there are still safety concerns. Studies indicate that COVID-19 infection rates are lower for outside activities, but the level of risk involved with outdoor dining is contingent on restaurants and their patrons following strict social distancing, face covering, and other safety guidelines.Read More