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Hubby and I are getting a rare break from the kids and staying in near Union Square this weekend. Where should we go for great food for dinner? We're all about the food quality, and open to anything.

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  1. Are you willing to walk a bit or take a Cab, or do you want, like, within 2 or 3 blocks of the square?

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    1. re: whiner

      Within walking distance is great, it can be more than a few blocks.

      1. re: Hungrygirl35

        Michael Mina

    2. Best food quality in increasing distance from Union Square:
      Michael Mina
      Masas
      Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton
      Ame
      Myth
      Coi
      Aqua

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      1. re: Paul H

        I would dissagree with that list slightly. My favorite restaurant in the city is Fleur de Lys. Only about 5 or 6 blocks from the square. That would be my #1 choice. Dining Room at the Ritz is great. But I've heard some consistently mediocre things about Masa's as of late. Ame and Myth are great, too.

        Michael Mina is getting some very mixed reviews as of late, as well. But it is right on the square...

        1. re: whiner

          Just a note that while I personally would pick it, The Ritz is one serious walk uphill from Union Square. You would need to take a cable car or cab. I wouldn't choose Aqua for anything, but it is kind of loud and seems more like a business dinner than a night away from the kids place. Service has been known to be unfriendly.

          1. re: rworange

            I agree with both of those sentiments (excpet prefering FdL to the Ritz, though the Ritz is great)

            1. re: rworange

              The good news is that the steep walk is before dinner - after dinner you can just roll down the hill!

            2. re: whiner

              Wow! I did not think that FDL was at all worth it. The foie gras duo and poached lobster were very good (but were in the same course so you can't get both in the tasting menu), the rest was mediocre and the wines that they chose to pair with the courses probably averaged $14/bottle (retail) and are available at costco. At $145/person I expect much better.

              What dishes do you find to be stellar? Maybe I need to give it another try.

              1. re: Fussy Foodie

                Well... I agree on the lobster. You mean the one with citrus and artichoke? That is always on the menu, or so it seems...

                I also really like te veal done two ways.

                I've had things not currently on the menu such as a sea bass in two sauces: truffle and pesto, and a terrific filet mignon preperation.

                We've only gone in the fall, and when we went, each time, the vegetarian tasting menu was really just: how many ways can we think to prepare truffles? I swear, the white bean and truffle soup with a chanterelle mousse is the greatest soup I've ever had.

                I will accept the general critique that the desserts there do not live up to the rest of the experience, but I'm not really a dessert person, and they are still good.

          2. I would add Perbacco to the list.

            1. I would go down to Boulevard, at One Mission, near the Ferry Building. You can sit at the counter or the bar if you can't get a reservation (you might snag one if you are willing to eat late, but it's tough on weekends.) I also really like Boulette's Larder, in the Ferry Building proper. They don't serve dinner, but their breakfast and lunch are very good and it's just a really cute place with phenomenal food.

              I've also heard good things about Postrio, which is pretty close to Union Square. It's not a "hot spot" anymore, but that probably also means you could get a reservation.

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              1. re: Alice Q

                Postrio is still excellent... a great choice for Union Square area... and excellent chow. A classic.

                Here's a tip... it's a great spot for breakfast (or lunch)... where the light in the room really is nice. Why not take the kids one day for bkfst?