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Feb 20, 2007 07:12 AM

Two NY Hounds in May

We're coming to your fine city from May 14-19. We're staying in Union Square. Looking for recommendations for cooking that is fresh, spicey or seasoned with a talented hand, inventive (no foam). Places that have earned your return visits for the flavors and vibe. We are open to most any cuisine mentions.
We can't afford places that charge $35-$50 for entrees, although one or two splurges would be ok. I've been looking at the posts so I have some suggestions. I've cut and pasted a bunch from R. Lauristen (?) and others who seem to be quality hounds.
We are also looking for good cafes that serve top shelf coffee. Thank you in advance.

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  1. You might want to post the list you compiled, places sometimes go downhill or are surpassed by new ones.

    Great quality at a relatively modest price, consider Canteen, Pizzeria Delfina, Range.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Thanks. Will do. Also, I'd like to add that we like the more casual non-formal places.

      This is what I have so far:

      Range @????
      Canteen (800 block of Sutter)
      Maykadeh (Persian) in North Beach
      A La Turka
      Angkor Borei (Cambodian)
      Bodega Bistro (Vietnamese)
      Burma Super Star / Golden Mandalay (Burmese)
      Gyro King
      Naan 'n' Curry / Shalimar / Shan / Pakwan (Indian)
      L'Osteria del Forno (Italian)
      Spices / Spices II (Taiwanese Sichuan)
      Taqueria San Jose (tacos al pastor or chorizo)
      Thai House Express
      Ti Couz (crepes)
      Truly Mediterranean (falafel, schawerma)
      Zante (Indian pizza)

      Wine bars:
      Hidden Vine
      Hotel Biron

      blue plate - fried asparagus and crab salad
      pakwan - chicken tikka masala
      go go sushi - $3 hand rolls during happy hour
      limon - any of their ceviches
      delfina - Pizzeria Delfina 3611 18th St (Cross Street: Guerrero Street


      tartine - yummy chocolate croissants
      pancho villa - super al pastor quesadilla
      el farolito - super carne asada burrito
      arinell - ny style slice pizza
      EL METATE, on 2406 Bryant Street (near 22nd St
      El Delfin 24th St. (Folsom-Harrsion) (Mex)

      Ritual Roasters for coffee on 1026 Valencia, also near 22nd St.
      Philz Coffee 3101 24th St @ Folsom St (Mission)
      “ 3901 18th St. @Sanchez (Castro)

      Hounds, what is the easist way to get an address of a place?

      1. re: Marco

        Skip Arinell, it's arguably the closest thing to a cheap NY street slice but you can get the real thing any day at home.

        Gyro King is now Sahara. Not sure if anything but the name has changed.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          I was misinformed, Gyro King is still Gyro King.

    2. You can do great in San Francisco by staying in the mid-range priced resturants (entrees under $30, some considerably lower) eg Range, Aziza, Luella, Firefly, A16, The Richmond, RNM... See my post on great neighborhood spots for more of this type.

      If you're interested in places with great cocktails, San Francisco is experiencing somewhat of a renaissance in this area.

      Bars that have great cocktails too (but no food): Bourbon & Branch, Rye.

      As for hole-in-the-wall/cheaper spots, you've got a lot to choose from too. A La Turca, Lahore Karahi, Bodega Bistro, Tajine, Burma Superstar/Golden Mandalay (better atmosphere at GM, IMO), Truly Med, El Delfin, Troya, El Nuevo Fruitilandia.

      As for finding addresses, I just google the name of the place and "san francisco" and usually get it right away.

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      1. re: Maya

        Thank you very much, Maya and Robert. I've found some food blogs that are also helpful. I think we'll be eating well. The only problem is I wanted to stay for two weeks, but we have a bull dog who's a Mama's boy so...

        1. re: Marco

          As for coffee, try Blue Bottle or Philz, or Caffe Roma in north beach.

          Also, check out this thread:

      2. Robert has given us at least one recommendation for Thai food in the city. Thai House Express. Are there any other authentic Thai restaurants that Hounds can recommend?

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        1. re: Marco

          I really like Khan Toke on Geary in the Avenues. Lovely interior like a thai temple, remove your shoes when you go in, and I've always had good experiences with the food.

          1. re: Maya

            I liked Khan Toke too. Good solid food.

            1. re: brekkie_fan

              Thank you Maya and brekkie fan. We'll report back if we go. Hounds are always giving useful feedback. I only wish we could stay longer.

          2. re: Marco

            Thai House Express on Larkin is easily twice as good as any of the many other Thai restaurants I've tried.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Thanks again, Hounds. That's good enough for us. We'll be sure to report on our experience. NYC is not known for the quality of its Thai restaurants. The real stuff is hard to find, if not impossible at this point.

          3. Seems like I'm posting the same list a lot recently ;)... My favorite restaurants in the city where main courses are under $25 are, in no particular order:

            My favorite casual restaurants for out-of-towners are A16 and Slanted Door.

            Aziza, Delfina, Fringale,, nopa (upstairs), Range, are all also good choices.

            l'Osteria del Forno is great for dinner on the cheap.

            1. I just wanted to mention that entrees over $30 are still the exception in SF -- I think coming from NY you'll find the price/quality ratio in SF restaurants to be very high. One non-"ethnic" place that I think of when I think of good value is Tablespoon.