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Tight schedule on Union Square

Hounds,

Lots of Union Square listings, but can't find what we need among them. We're at the Grand Hyatt for a day-long seminar and have a one-hour lunch break from 1:10 to 2:10 (that exact!) December 8. I live in Juneau, AK, where ethnic food consists of Thai (ok), Chinese (so-so) and truly world-class bad Mexican. In that hour, where can we go for good ethnic around $40 for 2 with some assurance of getting back to the seminar on time and happy with our lunch experience?

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  1. Akiko's - if you like sushi

    1. If you order at the bar and tell them you are in a hurry, you might be able to get a Mexican fix at Colibri (on Geary, about three blocks west of Union Square) in an hour or less. Not great, but not world class bad either (although to be honest I thought the halibut tacos I had at the Mexican place on the main drag in Juneau two years ago were definitely better than world class bad....)

      Also the House of Thai Noodle House next to Macy's is probably ok; though I haven't eaten at that branch...

      What I would probably do, however, is walk over to Chinatown (about 15 minutes) and go to some of the to go dim sum places (do a search for some recommendations) and Golden Gate Bakery (for custard tarts) and take a selection to eat back during the afternoon session. Or arrive late for the afternoon session....

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      1. re: susancinsf

        duh: too late to edit, but I meant King of Thai Noodle House, on O'Farrell, that stonefruit mentioned below..

      2. There are several Middle Eastern places nearby on Kearny Street.

        1. Kitana-ya at Geary and Mason has very good ramen - tasty and fast!

          1. Realize you have Thai in Alaska, but I do love King of Thai Noodle House on O'Farrell, near Macy's (as Susancinsf mentioned). My favorite dishes are the pad see ew (wide rice noodles with Chinese broccoli and your choice of protein) and the red veggie curry. This place is super fast and very affordable. There's also another branch across the street from the Curran Theater on Geary.

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            1. re: stonefruit

              and I believe there is also a brand new branch that opened up next to the Westfield Center. Entrance is on a side alley off of Fifth Street between the Mission St Garage and Nordstrom.