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Dec 18, 2006 05:08 AM

Comiing to NY from SF and in need of advice

The wife and I are coming for a four day visit and are staying around 9th St. and 5th Ave. San Francisco has lots of great dining but also lacks many cuisines. With that in mind we are looking for:

1) Indian food
2) Italian
3) breakfast places in our neighborhood
4) restaurants serving food we can't get out here
5) one spiffy but not outrageous splurge place
6) Pastrami
7) Bagels

We're sure to hit the Met and MOMA, so good lunch spots near those musuems would also be helpful.

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  1. In terms of Indian, it depends how much you want to spend, and you'll get different recommendations for Italian (though many will say that if you are planning enough ahead of time to get reservations at Babbo, you should, I have not yet been to Babbo), breakfast places, outrageous splurge places, and even bagels, but there can be little if any doubt that the one place you must go for pastrami is Katz's, and it's a good walk or short cab ride from where you're going to be.

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    1. re: Pan

      Could you give us a few options for Indian food -- one moderately priced place and one that's more spendy? Out here, it's hard to spend more than $35 per person for South Asian food, but we're willing to spend more.

      1. re: Tobias

        Spendy suggestions are Tabla (or Bread Bar at Tabla), Devi and Tamarind - I've enjoyed all three, but think if I had to choose one, I'd go to Devi. I think they all have websites that you can check out.

        1. re: MMRuth

          Tabla and Bread Bar not strictly speaking Indian. More in the category of creative/fusion Indian.

          Devi's menu consists of dishes based on recipes from Executive Chef Suvir Saran's family and friends back home in India taken to a higher level. The best way to experience this superb cuisine is to do the tasting dinner. (Wine pairings available.) However, if you want to do it on the "cheap," the 3-course lunch prix-fixe is $24.07, and all the selections are taken directly from the dinner menu. Whichever way you go, the tandoor-grilled lamb chops are not to be missed!

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      1. Go to Prune for brunch. Then waddle across the street and have a Pastrami sandwich at Katz's. Foodie heaven.

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        1. re: tsb2001

          Prune is great but the wait is often an hour or more. I was turned away yesterday at 2:40 pm becuase they had reached their "time-space limit". The kitchen closes at 3:30 pm.

        2. I like Blue Hill for a splurge. It's the closest I have found to Chez Panisse in Berkeley. A little more formal than CP but not stuffy:

          1. 3) breakfast places in our neighborhood - head over to Claude's for croissant/pain au chocolat - there's a recent thread on it - he's on W. 4th Street. Cornelia St. Cafe is a decent reasonable choice for brunch - on Cornelia St.

            Met - Cafe Sabarsky - Austrian