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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!

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  1. 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.

    1. How about Out the Door? Not sure if they have a full bar but it's a good casual spot for a group.

      I thought Wichcraft was not open for dinner - and I'm not sure if they have a full bar. I think they just have beer and wine.

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        1. re: farmersdaughter

          'wichcraft does only have beer & wine. I would say "B" might be a great choice. I think for a party of 10, you could call ahead and reserve the dining area, as most people just flock to the bar on Fridays. Ducca is also a good bet.

        2. 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.

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          Two
          22 Hawthorne St., San Francisco, CA 94105

          Azie
          826 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107

          Cha AM Restaurant
          701 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107

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          1. re: susancinsf

            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.

          2. I'd suggest Farmer Brown. I haven't had a cosmo there - but the watermelon margarita was great. Casual but lively - the restaurant would not have been out of place in a SF version of Sex and the City.
            But...Friday night you'll need a reservation I think.

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            1. re: Trevallon

              Good suggestion, they have great drinks.

            2. Check and see if it's playing at the Sundance Kabuki--if it's in theater 1, you could reserve the balcony bar and enjoy your cosmos during the movie. A few dollars extra but well worth it.

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              1. re: Windy

                Great suggestion. It is indeed worth the upcharge; you get those nice side tables and very comfortable seats. And reserved seating. But it does need to be playing in Theater 1.

              2. Oola... good cosmos, solid not too pricey food, and 1 block away from theatre.

                1. Sens would work, if the movie's at the Embarcadero, though that doesn't seem like a Landmark type of film.

                  Two's a perfect fit near the Metreon.

                  1. Slanted door, actually. Cocktails, glitz, near the embarcadero.

                    My vote for best cosmo in the city is Zuni. Also glitz, cab ride to Kabuki

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                    1. re: bbulkow

                      I'd be really shocked if it shows up at the Kabuki -- since the remodel, the films have been almost entirely Independent/Art. And you can only take cocktails into Theater 1.

                      Also, during my last visit, by the time there was a 7:00 showing, they had ENTIRELY run out of food upstairs! I had to go back downstairs for popcorn to accompany my glass of wine (also not my first choice as they had run out of half of their list).

                      Bad planning...

                    2. another vote for two! skip the cosmo and go for the royal hound, a fancy greyhound finished with champs- delish!