photo credit: Mark Mediana

The bar and green velvet couches at Starlite



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The rooftop formerly known as Harry Denton’s Starlight Room reopened as Starlite in early 2024—and it’s Union Square’s sexiest place to put on heels, listen to vinyl, and look hot while perched on a green velvet couch. The 21st-floor spot (on top of the Beacon Grand) is mostly indoors, so you get downtown views without having to worry about your cocktail napkins flying off into the fog. It’s the ideal spot for a birthday involving a full-on iPhone photoshoot, or for a date when you want to prove that San Franciscans do indeed own non-fleece coats. Just stick with drinks—the food, like Sichuan chicken bao and furikake fries, is mediocre at best. 

A cushy booth at Starlite

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The hot chicken bao at Starlite

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