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Jan 20, 2010 10:22 AM

Wine and cheese near MOMA?

Hey SF chowhounds! I will be spending one day in San Fran with my mom to celebrate her 65th birthday. I think we will have afternoon tea at Neiman Marcus, then tour MOMA for a few hours. Do you have any good suggestions for wine and a light bite (awesome cheese plate would be ideal!) near MOMA? This is for next Sunday.

Any thoughts would be appreciated!


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  1. How about First Crush, opens at 5. Menu cheese plate seems ok, not awesome. About 1/2 mile from MOMA.

    First Crush Restaurant Wine Bar & Lounge
    101 Cyril Magnin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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    1. re: wolfe

      Are you recommending First Crush based on a positive personal experience? I've never been since the wine list is not my style at all, but reports here have been pretty mixed, e.g.:

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Nothing like a current review. I commented on the cheese selection. The OP can judge whether the wines are to THEIR liking. It is academic since tribecasmith has already made a decision.

        1. re: wolfe

          Tribeca is for my neighborhood! In nyc. But yes, I am a woman.

    2. If you can wait until 5:30, Chez Papa Resto will be open. I haven't had their cheese plate (it just says "artisan", and probably is pretty good), but the apps are good there, as is the wine list. If it's a nice day, you can even grab a seat outside.

      1. Thanks for helping a NYC gal out! We will be on foot, so First Crush might be a little too far for my mom. Chez Papa Resto looks like it might be perfect. It also looks like the bar/lounge at Ame might be nice. This will probably be around 5:30/6, when the museum closes.

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        1. re: tribecasmith

          Just a distance note, Google puts both at the same .5 miles. You found what looks like the best bet in AME

          Ame Restaurant
          689 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

          1. re: wolfe

            Ame is lovely, as is the bar in the St. Regis. I love an early evening wine and cheese (and desserts!) there.