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.
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:
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)
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)
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?
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.
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.
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.