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Dec 19, 2006 03:22 AM

fancy lunch near SF MOMA?

Hi -- we are thinking of going to SF MOMA on the evening of Thursday the 28th, and are thinking lunch makes more sense than dinner. Is there are place nearby that does a fairly late but really nice lunch?
any style but interesting and good. Pricey is ok.

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  1. Ame is pretty close. Boulevard isn't so far. Don't know if either does lunch but I bet Ame does.

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    1. re: whiner

      Boulevard definitely does lunch, but is a fair walk from SFMOMA. Town Hall is a bit closer, though it seems to be getting mixed notices lately. Palace Hotel is close by, and the Garden Court is a great room for lunch, though I don't know how the food is these days.

      Didn't an upscale Asian Fusion place replace Max's on Third Street?

      1. re: Gary Soup

        I don't know what Max's is, but Ame is a very upscale Asian Fusion place on the corner of Third and Mission and Bong Su is an upscale modern Vietnamese place on Third at Folsom -- same people as Tamarine in Palo Alto. I was thinking Town Hall, too, but I haven't been in over a year and, like you, I've taken notice that recently the reviews seem to be more mixed.

        1. re: whiner

          Bong Su took over the place formerly occupied by Max's Diner, of the Max's chain. All I know about Bong Su is that they take their tea service seriously, according to the folks at Red Blossom Tea, their vendor. That's a detail which often doesn't get enough attention, if you ask me.

          1. re: Gary Soup

            They also serve a complimentary tea with sweet lotus seed as a palate cleanser before dessert. nice.

          2. re: whiner

            Calling Ame Asian fusion makes it sound like you're going to get coconut shrimp with your mai tai :)

            It's Japanese food (sashimi, chawan mushi, kumamoto oysters) but with a decidedly upscale French sensibility (the way food is plated, the sauces it's served with, the lobster in your chawan mushi). The food is delicious, if a $50 lunch is what you're after. We got out at $30 each, and were being very restrained and not drinking.

            Samovar's international flights are a fun choice if the entire upper deck of the gardens aren't fogged over!

      2. Samovar's international flights aren't cheap for what they are (~$15 each). But they're pretty tasty and of course the tea is wonderful and the atmosphere is charming. It's above Moscone North.

        1. The Palace would be very cool. Lulu is also about 2 blocks away.

          1. Try Roy's. Great seafood with a Hawaiian flair ( It's right around the corner from MOMA.

            1. Had a great lunch at Town Hall a couple of weeks ago. Arrived after 1 and had a long, maybe 2 hour lunch with wine and lots of conversations. It's not nearly as noisy that time of day.