Izzy’s could also be foremost a steakhouse, nevertheless it’s additionally bought a thriving bar operation that features seasonal cocktails and — surprisingly — top-of-the-line by-the-glass wine applications in San Francisco. You may take pleasure in your libations right here alongside a slab of beef outside in its in depth parklet or on the sizeable indoor bar. Each had been filled with patrons on a current Friday night time, the place we labored our method by way of everything of Izzy’s summer time cocktail menu — which is being held over for an additional few months, ought to you end up venturing into SF’s Marina District one among these evenings.
The menu contains the standard classics — martini, Manhattan, sazerac — the lattermost of which is the drink to get right here when you’re searching for one thing tried and true. Its mix of rye and Cognac, with a refined Herbsaint rinse, is pretty much as good as I’ve had wherever else. On the seasonal menu of seven further drinks, I can enthusiastically title two as my favorites. The Pluma Rosa takes blanco tequila, mezcal, Ancho Reyes, strawberry balsamic, and lemon juice, whips all of it collectively and serves it in a coupe with a pink peppercorn salt rim. The mix right here could appear busy, nevertheless it works superbly, providing smoke, spice, and fruit all in a well-balanced swirl that will get elevated simply so whenever you get a style of the pepper/salt rim. All of your meals teams in a single glass!
Second prize goes to the Kitty Duvall, a spin on a Manhattan made with rye, Carpano Classico vermouth, orange bitters, and Le Verger Terroir liqueur. I needed to lookup that final ingredient, which I discovered was a French liqueur created from Calvados apple juice, peaches, cherries, and cinnamon. What a brand new path it takes the cocktail, the apple rising in prominence because the ice melts within the glass. For dessert, you would possibly save room for an (off the menu) Fernet Negroni or the (on the menu) Scorching Spiced Apple Cider, which is strictly what it appears like — made with apple juice, ginger, mulling spices, and applejack, served heat. Sure, it is a summer time cocktail menu, however bear in mind that is summer time in San Francisco, the place it was 62 levels earlier than sunset the night time we dined there.
Izzy’s was type sufficient to serve us dinner as properly; I discovered the filet mignon to be a greater decide than the prime rib, although you’ll discover a ton of beef (and different meat-centric) choices on the menu. Don’t miss the Izzy’s personal potatoes (scalloped fashion) for one among your sides — and seize a range from the California-heavy wine record. By the glass alternatives embody such spectacular choices as Pleasure Mountain cabernet, Peay pinot noir (offered out tonight), and the Hourglass HG III mix. In a world the place so many by-the-glass wine lists make it exhausting to search out something price ordering, Izzy’s record is one which’s exhausting to go unsuitable with.
As a ultimate be aware, I used to be additionally impressed with the impeccable service, which was pleasant and under no circumstances fussy, which may be the norm at many steakhouse experiences. Arrive early, and ideally hungry — although when you simply desire a cocktail or two, you certainly gained’t be proven to the door.
3345 Steiner St. Open each day at 5pm, brunch on weekends.