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Feb 3, 2008 04:10 PM

One meal in Chinatown & Valentines Day help please!

Chinatown: One great lunch. We are from NYC, moved to Colorado and are really looking forward to some amazing Chinese food. Authentic is great, but I'm a vegetarian so maybe not too authentic, haha. I did some research and found Kans to get the most highly rated suggestions. You guys agree?

V-day: Need a place where we can get still a ressie for 6 ...romantic would be nice, not too stuffy or fancy, and needs to accommodate the vegetarians in the group.

While I'm at it, my BF is dying for some good steak. We hear the restaurant in the Omni is supposed to be excellent for this - any thought?

Lunch in Berkley?

Thanks :)

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  1. Amazing? Authentic? I suggest R&G Lounge. Not amazing, but very good.

    1. Kan's? Damned with faint praise, is how I would characterize Kan's treament on chowhound. Great Eastern is good in Chinatown, and at lunch time you can get dim sum, full service, or a mixture of the two. There's also a full-on vegetarian restaurant in Chinatown, Lucky Creation.

      Romantic is not in my repertoire, and at the opposite end of the spectrum I'm not a steak guy either, but the place in the Omni is called "Bob's" if you want to search. I think it does get generally good marks.

      Great Eastern Restaurant
      649 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

      Bob's Steak & Chophouse
      500 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

      Lucky Creation Vegetarian
      854 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94108

      6 Replies
      1. re: Xiao Yang

        Lucky Creation is a Chinese style vegetarian place, meaning lots of mock stuff, which I consider a plus, but others may not.

        1. re: Chandavkl

          Do they also offer meat? I'd like to go to a place that offers both to make everyone happy :)

          1. re: lavendula

            I don't think there's any meat at Lucky Creation, just mock meat. I'd go with either Great Eastern or R & G Lounge if you want a mixture.

            1. re: Chandavkl

              I mentioned Lucky Creations to cover all bases, because the vegetarian OP may wonder (with some justification) if the vegetable dishes on the menu at Chinese restaurants are really vegetarian. I'm a devout carnivore myself, and have never eaten at Lucky Creations, but if they can do the same magic with doufu and wheat gluten as the Buddhist vegetarian restaurants in China, I could be perfectly contented with a Chinese vegetaritian meal.

              I'd say if the OP is willing to put up with what a steakhouse has to offer a vegetarian, her BF ought to be able to put up with what a vegetarian Chinese restaurant has to offer a carnivore!

              1. re: Xiao Yang

                hahaha, thanks for sticking up for me xiao! actually, the bf does more than put up with vegetarian meals - in fact, we only cook vegetarian in the house and usually dine at vegetarian restaurants when visiting other cities. he seeks them out for me and i seek his out for him - kind of strange but it works. anywho, since he only eats meat when he is out, i try to let him have some fun too :)

            2. re: lavendula

              no, there's no meat. they do interesting things with wheat gluten. i can't speak to a sit down experience here, but i occasionally pick up a variety of their mock gluten meats (cha shiu, sweet n sour, curry, one other flavor that escapes me) to go from the counter. they have charged me extra for to go bags in the past ($.15). i would not spend your chinatown meal here.