Napa/SF trip help
Hello everyone, apologies in advance if this is a dumb question, but I really wanted to try out the French Laundry during my upcoming trip to Napa (leaving this Friday from NYC) but I have yet been able to make a reservation. Since I am only traveling with my gf, would it be at all possible to book something same day? Has anyone snagged a reservation due to a last minute cancellation, if so, any tips?
Also, is Bouchon the next best thing in Napa? Any other great must try places in Napa and SF?
Thanks for everyone's help!
French Laundry almost always has a waiting list. I think the best bet is always lunch -- most people who've been actually prefer to go for lunch (same food). You could call them and ask to be put on any and all waiting lists for the dates you're available and be ready to be flexible.
As for the rest of your question, it's very broad and has been asked innumerable times. You might want to do a search for something like "NYer visit" to get suggestions and comments specifically geared to NYers.
Buchon probably isn't the next best thing in Napa.
If willing to go way out of your way to Sonoma, the next best thing in wine country is probably Cyrus.
Short of that, Terra, Redd, Martini House should probably be on your list. La Toque, maybe, but I've recently heard mixed reports.
In SF it depends what you are lookin for. FL-lite-like, maybe Coi? Last week I hit up Boulevard and Ame and had terrific experiences at both. (Go to Ame over Terra -- same owners, same style food, better restaurant.) But it all depends on if you want casual or formal, a la carte, 5 course, or tasting menu, price range, etc etc...
I'd do a search on the board and then come back with slightly more specific questions so that we can better guide you.
Just returned from Napa on Tues. and ate at Cyrus, Redd and Terra. We ate at The French Laundry 3 years ago. First of all, there's nothing better than TFL. Cyrus is good, but is no comparison. We had great meals at all 3 restaurants, though our meals at Redd and Terra were significantly less expensive than Cyrus. You can't go wrong at any of them. Enjoy.