Early (7-ish) Din near SF's Kabuki
Thinking about Quince, Vivande.
Or, OTH, was thinking also about going down to either R&G or Shanghai 1930.
Don't see much recent on 3 of those--haven't checked R&G. Have to get off computer and make dinner!
Any other thoughts appreciated--unless really special, Japanese not first choice. Have been to 1300. Friends don't want Ethiopian. Also don't want to wait around to get into SPQR (since better half and I usually dine late, we can kill that bird another time).
Can't recall if Korea House is still open Tuesdays; it's always a good fall-back for us.
I'm not sure if Maki in J-town is really special but it's very good to excellent for what it is. I walked by this place for year and never thought much of it until a friend took me there.
The house speciality is the wappa meshi, a unique and homey sort of steamed combo bento and donburi. Only a few places in the U.S. serve it. The soup/noodles are also very good. The miso soup is excellent...house made, the best I've had in a long, long time, perhaps ever. Even the teri sauce is outstanding.
Of the things I sampled, everything was very good. It's not cheap and the place is super small. This SF Weekly review is pretty accurate, even 7 years old.
Quince is really hard to get into at short notice. Vivande for pasta is a no-brainer.
ML8000 also mentioned Maki which is fabulous AND pretty pricey.
The new Kabuki Kitchen which opened just a few months ago is surprisingly fabulous; I'd recommend the oxtail and save room for a cheese plate.
And, yes, all the Korean restaurants are open in the neighborhood (there are something like six of the them now), but I prefer Arang which is tucked around the corner of the Subway, across from the Panda Kitchen -- small, but great BiBimBap.
I would take Jitlada Thai over Neecha and Cassis is also a great suggestion (amazing wine list). I'm not a La Mediterranee fan whatsoever.