visit from NYC ...
coming to San Francisco for Xmas and new year. Need recs for restaurants, specifically a home run business/pleasure dinner for 4 - sophisticated not stuffy, less formal but still hip if that makes any sense. I'm looking for a newer more up-market Delfina. I have some candidates:
Any thoughts, suggestions?
Last meal in the city was at Plumpjack and enjoyed it. Hard to remember details its been so long ... no specific neighborhood preferences but will be staying on Russian Hill. I've been looking at menus and $$$ not a big issue but I do appreciate value. NYC prices are twice the most expensive San Francisco prices I've seen and I eat out a lot.
Also, a nice tapas place would be great to know. Will gladly offer NYC advice in return :)
I really like SPQR which, as of a couple months ago, has a new chef that I think is terrific. I'd definitely choose it over A16 which has common ownership. Love Town Hall but I don't think there's a noiser restaurant on the planet.
Zarzuela, on Russian Hill, would be my choice for tapas.
re: Ruth Lafler
I like Perbacco, but the vibe to me is on the corporate / expense-account side.
I'm not sure there is a more up-market Delfina, their prices are about as far up the market as people in SF are willing to pay for Italian food. There's Acquerello and Quince, but they're way more formal and somewhat French.