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NYers in SF for bach party, need recs for group 17+

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A group of about 17 dudes will be in SF August 22, 23, 24. Yes, it's a bachelor party. We're looking for a place to have one big awesome dinner for all of us.

We're all late-20's, most living in Manhattan/Brooklyn and we all are chowhound types. We like to eat. And drink. A couple of us will be hitting Chez Panisse for a meal one night, but we are looking for a restaurant with great food in the bay area that could accommodate all of us.

Looking for something upscale with great food - I'm not too familiar with SF, but had a great meal last time I was there at Barbambino. Some of our favorite spots in NY are places like the Momofukus, WD-50, Blue Ribbons, Palo Santo, Death + Co, Gramercy Tavern etc if that helps paint the picture.

We're open for anything. Staying mostly in the Tenderloin, but can get around the city easy. We want to be dazzled. Any recs would be much appreciated.

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  1. How about Michael Mina and AsiaSF? You'll be dazzled for different reasons at AsiaSF.

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    Asia SF
    201 Ninth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Michael Mina Restaurant
    252 California St, San Francisco, CA

    1. Ame

      Second choice: Boulevard

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      1. re: whiner

        Just to follow up on my initial post, for a Sunday-Thursday you can take over the back patio room at A16, too. And I am pretty certain they will let you order off the entire menu, too (which may not be the case with 17+ at all restaurants).

      2. I second Ame. If you're looking for great chow, I wouldn't suggest AsiaSF.

        How about Isa? You could commandeer a long table or two on the back patio (I did this with my family last year; there were 15 of us). I also really enjoy the private rooms and the longer chef's table in the main dining room at Kokkari.

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        Kokkari Estiatorio
        200 Jackson St., San Francisco, CA 94111

        Ame Restaurant
        689 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

        ISA
        3324 Steiner St., San Francisco, CA 94123

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        1. re: rahir

          Awesome, thanks for the suggestions. Just looking for a place with a private room or a place where a table of 17 or so wouldn't overwhelm the place. I'll look into all these. Any more suggestions, please let me know.

          Thanks!

          1. re: captainspacefood

            Michael MInna is an upscale chain with a place in New Jersey ... so why waste your time there in SF. Also, there's really not a private area in the restaurant.
            http://michaelmina.net/restaurants.html

            Boulevard is rather staid and boring. I think it will be a let down for you after Chez Panisse.

            You might like Aziza which is Cal-Morracan and in the same class as Chez Panisse. They have great cocktails too. They have private and semi-private areas. Link to the website and reports in this Place record
            http://www.chow.com/places/23

            You might really enjoy the new Orson which has an upstairs private area. You can get to the Place record for Orson from the link provided.

        2. Acquerello has a great private room. It can easily manage 17 and has a cocktail/reception area somewhat separate from the dining area.

          We did drinks with passed hors d'oeuvres then sat down for a great meal with phenomenal service.

          Not cheap, but worth it.