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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

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  1. Far from ultra-cool or hip, but it was a trendy international scene at B44 when I had dinner there last Saturday. Good food to boot. Walking distance from Market/Geary.

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/379877

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    1. re: grocerytrekker

      I absolutely adores B44. I love the food, the service and the atmosphere.

      If you're looking for the ultra-hip and cool, some folks like the Supperclub (www.supperclub.com). It's about 4 1/2 blocks from Geary and Market in SOMA, not sure if that would be too far to walk at night.

      1. re: anna

        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

        1. re: anna

          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,
          are not.

      2. How about Salt House? http://www.salthousesf.com/index.htm

        It's new, and I think it's supposed to be even "hipper" than it's sister restaurant, Town Hall.

            1. 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:
              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/45166