Monkey wrench in plan- need to fill one dinner
- Honey Bee Oct 31, 2007 11:35 AM
Thanks to these boards I have an eating itenerary for my girl's weekend in SF. However, we had hoped to have a Friday night meal at Slanted Door and they are all booked. Right now, here is what I plan:
Thursday night- Bar Crudo
Friday lunch- Yank sing
Saturday breakfast/lunch- Ferry building
Saturday night- Range
Sunday brunch- Canteen
We will be staying at the W. Friday night we will probably be going out in the Mission or the Haight. I am unfamiliar with SF neighborhoods and do not know what might be in the area. Things that were already ruled out for various reasons include: Delfina, Cantina, Boulevard, Ame, and A16. She is coming from NYC and I am having a hard time selling her on Italian.
Looking for fun atmosphere and good food.
Not in the nabe you are staying ... Aziza ... will be different than NY dining ... upscale Cal-Morrocan with great cocktails.
Closer by to W (and DONT eat there) is Coco500. A place I find similar to the old version of Coco500 (Bizou) is 1550 Hyde ... nice reasonable wines, stellar California vendors for the dishes, great staff, nice neighborhood bistro feel and you can take the cable car to the door. A place I'm not personally fond of but others like is Piperade - Cal-Basque.
If you choose 1550 Hyde ... if the rabbit is on the menu, it is wonderful.
re: Honey Bee
If you really like the Slanted Door idea, they have a casual spin-off called Out the Door in the Westfield Mall. Full table service, lots of the same dishes but it's more casual, no view of the bay, no cocktails, faster table turnover, no big spender dishes (shaking beef). I really like the food at Out the Door and it's a great pre-movie, relatively cheap option but it might not be "special" enough.
After looking at menus online, I really like all of your suggestions. In particular, Aziza, coco500, Bar Tartin, and 1550 Hyde look tasty. Of those, which has atmosphere best suited for two 30-year olds on a girl's night?
Also, we both like good tapas. A co-worker recommended Cha cha cha, but the reviews here make it sound awful. Any tapa recommendations?
The W hotel is exactly one block down 3rd Street from Bong Su (3rd & Folsom). Many compare it favorably to the Slanted Door. Should be able to get either a reservation or eat at the really nice lounge. Contemporary Vietnamese food with a very hip and bustling lounge on Friday nights.. www.bongsu.com
i had a group dinner there a few weeks ago and was rather unimpressed for the kind of money it must have cost. my experience may not be representative since it was a preset menu that was prepaid, but then again, it may indeed be accurate. by way of comparison, i consistently enjoy tamarine, bong su's sister restaurant in palo alto. however, i have not been to slanted door.