Dinner, a Cosmo, and a Movie
I know it's a month away and extremely cliche, but I've been put in charge of arranging a birthday evening to see the Sex and the City Movie.
A location with great cosmopolitans is a huge plus but not an absolute must. Dinner on the casual side, close to a theater, is a definite must.
So far I'm considering Wichcraft simply because it's close to both the Landmark and Metreon theaters, and no one I know has ever been there. However, perhaps it's a little too casual for dinner? Salt House down on Mission looks like a fun choice, but it might be a bit far to walk to/from the theater.
We're really not going for fancy or scenester here; just solid food at a place that's relatively to get into on a Friday night. I'm also not sure how big the group will be--anywhere from five to ten people, open to any neighborhood in SF. Heck, even outside of SF if there happens to be a good restaurant near a theater!
Lark Creek Steak in the Westfield mall, although for ten people it might be on the pricey side. There is also Anabelle's which I think would be a better choice - just around the corner from Westfield.
Two strikes me as a place that would be good for a birthday group and isn't too far way. I once did a dinner party at Azie, which is also not too far, and while Cosmos aren't my thing, they make great cocktails (best lemon drop in town, last time I had it).
I also liked Lark Creek Steak but it could get pricey.
Finally, very close to Metreon, the cocktails are surprisingly good at Cha-Am which does have a full bar, and the food is solid if not exciting (I've had the best luck with grilled dishes there, particular vegetables and seafood), the place is casual, prices are lower than my other suggestions, and it would be easy to get into on a Friday night with your group.
22 Hawthorne St., San Francisco, CA 94105
826 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Cha AM Restaurant
701 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107
I second Two, it's pretty close to both Metreon and Westfield Centre and have good eats and drinks. Don't go to 'wichcraft, it really is just a sandwich place despite the high prices. Another suggestion, which is a bit of a walk is Bong Su, which is south of Two and the W Hotel. They have a good bar/lounge area with happy hour prices, so would be nice for drinks and bites before the movie.