One night in SF
My husband just heard about Michael Mina- a chef I've known about for a few years. I was disappointed when I saw the number of restaurants there are in the group and thought it might not be as good as he was told. We have one night in SF- we loved Boulevard a few years ago and I always crave the roast chicken at Zuni Cafe- any other suggestions??
There is certainly a big spread between Zuni, Boulevard, and Michael Mina. Are you looking for a Michael Mina-type experience, are you looking for a Zuni experience, or are you looking for something in between (Boulevard)? It's tough to suggest something given your examples as they are all so different.
I would go to any of the following before I returned to MM (which I find staid, pretentious, and downright mediocre):