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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
Friday night-??

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.

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  1. rworange RE: Honey Bee Oct 31, 2007 11:45 AM

    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.

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      Morton the Mousse RE: rworange Oct 31, 2007 12:27 PM

      1550 Hyde, coco500, and Aziza are all great choices. OpenTable shows availability for all three this Friday,

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        Honey Bee RE: Morton the Mousse Oct 31, 2007 12:47 PM

        Thanks. I am actually looking for Friday the 16 of November so I would think that keep lots of things open (except Slanted Door, apparently!)

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          Morton the Mousse RE: Honey Bee Oct 31, 2007 01:14 PM

          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.

    2. steve h. RE: Honey Bee Oct 31, 2007 01:06 PM

      zuni friday night would provide a pleasant contrast to your lunch at yank sing.

      1. Honey Bee RE: Honey Bee Oct 31, 2007 01:41 PM

        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?

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          Morton the Mousse RE: Honey Bee Oct 31, 2007 02:02 PM

          coco500 does small plates, kind of like California Tapas.

          Aziza has a great atmosphere for a girls night out - intimate, sexy, lively, fun and fantastic cocktaails.

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            lamlex RE: Honey Bee Oct 31, 2007 02:10 PM

            I have had girls' night out starting at 1550 Hyde a few times. Very fun, and a quick walk down to Polk Street with some fun bars.

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              Honey Bee RE: lamlex Oct 31, 2007 02:33 PM

              Can you suggest a couple of the bars you like on Polk?

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            grubber4 RE: Honey Bee Oct 31, 2007 03:36 PM

            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

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              artemis RE: grubber4 Oct 31, 2007 05:40 PM

              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.

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              michparent RE: Honey Bee Nov 1, 2007 08:03 AM

              I would suggest Myth or Blue Plate in the outer mission. If it is a nice evening, Blue Plate has a nice small patio.

              1. daveena RE: Honey Bee Nov 1, 2007 08:47 AM

                Bar Tartine. It's right in the Mission, delicious and distinctly Californian food, fun vibe.

                1. Honey Bee RE: Honey Bee Nov 1, 2007 09:05 AM

                  All of these suggestions are so good, I am now reconsidering Range as our Saturday choice. Is the atmosphere there more subdued or lively?

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                    Frosty Melon RE: Honey Bee Nov 1, 2007 11:28 AM


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                      Honey Bee RE: Frosty Melon Nov 1, 2007 11:57 AM

                      Perfect. Thanks.
                      Now I only need to fit in about 10 more meals to try all the great restaurants you all have suggested. Three meals a day is truly only a minimum guideline, right?

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