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From fried chicken sandwiches to online shopping IRL: 3 new businesses to check out in Union Square

Ready to explore the newest restaurant and retail additions to Union Square? From a "fern bar" with a modern twist to a brick-and-mortar store stocking all your favorite online brands, read on for a list of the newest destinations to open in this part of San Francisco.

Nightingale Bar

239 Kearny St.

Photo: Colleen R./Yelp

Nightingale is the newest bar from Future Bars, which also owns Bourbon & Branch, Local Edition and Rickhouse, among other SF bars. It's intended to be a modern spin on a '70s "fern bar," with Tiffany lampshades, quirky wallpaper, and of course, plenty of greenery. 

The cocktail menu ($7-12) includes creations like the 100% That Bird (a sparkling draft cocktail featuring vodka, agave and Lillet Blanc) and the nitro-infused Nightingale Cold Brew, with vodka and espresso liqueur. Beer, wine and bowls of punch are also available, as is a large menu of non-alcoholic cocktails.

Nightingale currently holds four stars out of six reviews on Yelp, indicating good reviews.

Yelper Paul M., who reviewed Nightingale on Dec. 28, wrote, "What a great bar. Brand new, with living plants and a great vibe. Bartenders were knowledgeable and friendly. Creative drinks and reasonable prices."

Nightingale is open from 2 p.m.–2 a.m. on weekdays and 6 p.m.–2 a.m. on Saturday. (It's closed on Sunday.)


35 Kearny St.

Photo: Flybird/Yelp

Opened by the team behind local pita bar chain Sababa, Flybird is a fast-casual eatery specializing in fried chicken sandwiches and salads. Try the Classic sandwich, topped with slaw and house ranch, or the Korean-inspired Seoul Food sandwich, made with pickled daikon, sesame mayo and pepper sauce. Each sandwich can be paired with fries or a chocolate chip cookie. 

Flybird's cutlets are also available atop a selection of five different salads, including Greek, Caesar and the Indian-inspired New Delhi salad. For those who don't eat chicken, sweet potatoes can be substituted in any dish. 

Flybird is off to a promising start with four stars out of 63 reviews on Yelp.

Yelper Athena C., who reviewed the eatery on Dec. 18, wrote, "I love fried chicken, and I was drawn in quickly."

Sean G. added, "The sandwiches are tasty and satisfying while not being overly expensive."

Flybird is open from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. on weekdays. (It's closed on weekends.)


120 Maiden Lane

Photo: RE:Store/Yelp

Re:store is a clothing and jewelry store dedicated to bringing digital-first brands into a brick-and-mortar retail space. The three-level, 4,200-square-foot store currently stocks products from 70 online brands — such as Sézane, & Other Stories, Dirty Lemon and Lisa Says Gah — with 2,000 other brands currently on the waitlist for shelf space.

While Re:store focuses on women's fashion, it also sells wellness products, menswear and other items.

Re:store has been well-received thus far, with 4.5 stars out of 13 reviews on Yelp.

Yelper Diego R., who reviewed the business on Sept. 30, wrote, "I found the store to have attentive customer service and a really clean and chic vibe."

Vivian S. added: "The salespeople are nice and helpful, even offering me a glass of rosé to enjoy while I shop."

Re:store is open from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. on Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.–6 p.m. on Sunday.

This story was created automatically using local business data, then reviewed and augmented by an editor. Click here for more about what we're doing. Got thoughts? Go here to share your feedback.


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