NEW: La Boulange de Market, YoCup, Yogurt Bar, Marche on the Square, SF
Found out from sf.eater.com that these places are open now.
Marche on the Square:
900 North Point Street, SF
bistro & wine bar will be open on Wed
La Boulange de Market
Open 6:30am to 6pm. 685 Market Street, between Third and New Montgomery; (415) 512-7610
685 Market Street, between Third and New Montgomery
close to La Boulange de Market
680 Mission Street, between Third and New Montgomery; (415) 974-1300
July: yogurt smoothie flavor: mango
Would like to read more reports before my next trip to SF.
Windy has a brief mention on YoCup:
101 Spear St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Marche on the square
900 North Point Street, san francisco, ca
I was hoping our climate would save us from the plague of frozen yoghurt (or faux yoghurt) that has hit Manhattan, but my hopes are dimming. For the climate, that is.
Maybe I'll check out Marché on the Square if I can walk down the hill without breaking a sweat today. It can't be very big, it's in the old Sharper Image outbuilding. It's described by SF.eater as more or less a Dean & Deluca clone, so I'm guessing they see the pricey timeshare condos at Ghirardelli as a primary market more than well-heeled picknickers (they must be aware that Oakville Grocery flopped at The Cannery).
re: Xiao Yang
I did wander down to GS yesterday (the Weather Gods were kind to us San Franciscans). The Marché was as SF Eater mentioned, very sparsely stocked (partially stocked cheese case, plus a few crackers here, bottles of BBQ sauce there, etc, with nothing much to look at). The separate wine bar and bistro was not yet open.
I also wandered over to Cellar 360 and strolled through the Wattle Creek Winery outlet, and wondered how much thought had been given to the mix of tenants in the central area of Ghirardelli Square, as there is much overlap in what they offer. The handsome Cellar 360, which has some sort of connection to Copia, is a wine merchant with a deli (including a cheese collection, cold cuts, crackers, etc.) and wine tasting bar; Wattle Creek is a winery outlet with a tasting bar; Marché on the Square, as mentoned, inlcudes a deli/general store with a cheese purveyor, plus a wine bar.
It seems like the Ghirardelli folks are bent on reducing Bay Area Culture to one heck of a wine, cheese, and cracker party. With a ice cream sundae for dessert, of course.
re: Xiao Yang
You say that like it's a bad thing! :-) I have to say that the widening availability of good cheese is my favorite food trend of the decade (closely followed by artisinal/housemade salumi).
I like that location for the latest Bay Breads outpost: close enough to my office for me to walk to at lunch, but not so close I'll be tempted to go in there every day.
re: Ruth Lafler
Widening choices, narrowing arteries. I can't knock it. I'm the guy wearing the "You Have a Friend in Cheeses" T-Shirt from Murray's. But not when I see my cardiologist.
Does that La Boulange have the sourdough boule with the whole cloves of garlic baked into it? It's not as close to me as the Columbus one, but conveniently located near my most frequent bus transfer location.
re: Ruth Lafler
It's my least favorite of the Boulange locations. It felt too rushed, like the preparations were too hasty, and the seating outside is much too cramped. I much prefer Boulange de Hayes and Boulange de Noe, though I only go to any Boulange when/if my companion is really pushing for it (I'm just a semi-fan).
Here's a blog entry on Minamoto, from another poster here on Chowhound:
Yeah, but Pinkberry has invaded Manhattan in a big way. There are currently 13 Pinkberry outlets in Manhattan, according to the Pinkberry website (I'd have sworn there were more when I was there in May) plus countless clones, lookalikes and alternatives. We've been fortunate so far to keep them at bay.
LA was the first wave, New York the second.