Need a trendy eatery near Geary/Market
My Gen-X artsy step-daughter is visiting this week and we'll be in SF Thursday night. I need a cool place to take her to dinner within walking distance of Geary & Market. Emphasis on trendy, hip, cool, but it needs to be someplace we can get into without being personal friends of Gavin.
Tragically unhip in Benicia
I'd pass on supperclub. My company had our holiday party there this past Christmas: while the food was decent, the service was H.O.R.R.I.B.L.E! Yes, it's hip... but I really object when staff feel they are "too hip" to "bother" with their patrons. Every single person I came into contact with that evening was downright rude. My company dropped an insane amount of money to reserve the space: regardless of the open bar people were tipping quite heavily, but still I received chortles and rolled eyes when asking for a drink... scoffing when questions were asked about the food, etc. You couldn't pay me enough money to return (ok, maybe THAT'S an overly zealous proclamation - the recent Mega Millions payout would have been enough ;) ).
It's a late reservation, but there's a 9:30 opening at Myth - a bit of a walk, but doable, particularly given the weather... more NYC than SF in feel, it's one of the "hotter" restaurants right now, and great food to boot.
Salt House would be another good option, as mentioned - I've had a couple fantastic meals there since they opened. I feel that Bar Crudo can be a bit hit or miss, but definitely take the advice and try to sit at the "bar-like thing" in the window - not only does upstairs feel cramped... but, at least where I was sitting the one time I was upstairs, I could feel EVERY step that people took up there. It felt like constant mini earthquakes! lol
Y'know, if this weather holds up B44 is probably the right choice. If she
comes from a place that actually has winter, being able to sit outside
and eat pretty decent food served by hot foreign men will totally trump
any perceived lack of trendiness. B44 and the mussels at Plouf are
reliably good spots on Belden Place. The others, in my experience,
Bar Crudo might do it. On Bush above Stockton (literally, it's on the top of
the Stockton tunnel).
Reviews have been both good and not-so. My experience has been on the good side.
The chowder is very, very good. A seat at the odd little bar-like thing in the window
is much nicer than getting jammed in upstairs if you can swing it.
The Tunnel Top bar next door might be decent and trendy-enough place to
have a pre-dinner drink if your step-daughter could bear the idea of being
seen in there with you.
Lots of reviews, here's a positive one: