NYC hound ISO nice dinner in the vein of Zuni or Chez Panisse
Please help a NYC hound choose a restaurant for my upcoming trip to the bay area. This will be the one "upscale" dinner out during my weekend in the bay--the rest of the meals will be some of my affordable SF favorites.
For reference, in the recent past I've been to Aziza, Zuni, The Slanted Door, and upstairs at Chez Panisse, and have enjoyed them all. I'm looking for something similar: the kind of place you can have a relaxed 2+ hour meal in without feeling even the least bit rushed and most importantly, great food that I can't easily get in NYC. I'd like to keep it in the general price range of these restaurants as my friends and I can't afford the very top of the spectrum.
thanks in advance.
Limon (Peruvian seafood) is fantastic. It has that wonderful light freshness that you get out here (though, as a former NYr myself, boy do i miss real deli). Delfina is also supposed to be tops but I haven't been there, it's very cramped inside. For a very unique, very California, experience there is a sushi place on mission st. b/t 17th and 18th. 2154 Mission Street. Minako. It's small and because the owner (Judy) does not rush anyone, including her mother the chef, it can take a while to get a table. It feels like a french meal in that you get one dish at a time over a long period. The pieces, home made tofu, tomago etc., are just amazing. It's all organic, they recycle everything and Judy will tell you all about that, and it is nothing like any place you would find in NY. Let's just say, it's the vibe.