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Nov 21, 2010 12:31 PM

Restaurants near Market/4th

We're staying at the Marriott near Union Sq and looking for a few good restaurants, esp sushi (prefer traditional to trendy) and coffee.

Also, is there a good alternative to the Roasted Crab from Crustacean/Thahn Long? I am addicted to those seasonings!

Thanks, Kelly

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  1. Sanraku on Sutter for sushi is close and good. They also have a location IN the Metreon which is also good. and REALLY CLOSE.

    704 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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    1. re: Paul H

      There is an outpost of Blue Bottle coffee at Mint Plaza that is a very pleasant place to while away an hour. I am sadly addicted to their New Orleans coffee, but they do a full range of caffeinated beverages, as well as breakfast and lunch. All seating is on tall stools FYI.

      Blue Bottle Cafe
      66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    2. Chez Papa Resto is also on Mint Plaza (Mission & 5th). A swanky, sexy space with great cocktails, oysters, etc. Also second GrayElf's reco of Blue Bottle, you can't go wrong there.

      Blue Bottle Cafe
      66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

      Chez Papa Resto
      4 Mint Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94103

      1. Try Hana Zen, two blocks from the Marriott.

        Hana Zen
        115 Cyril Magnin, San Francisco, CA 94102

        1. The Marriot is actually at 4th and Mission, not Market.

          As is stated above, Sanraku at the Metreon is the closest sushi to you. In my opinion it’s decent but not great, but it’s also not very pricey. Depending on your budget, you might also try Ame, which is in the St. Regis at 3rd and Mission and has a sushi bar. Very expensive but quite good, and a block away. If you're willing to walk farther than that, there are numerous recommendations. Hana Zen is good, but you could also search "sushi" on this board and come up with a list of excellent places.

          Blue Bottle is definitely the closest high-end coffee place.

          Beyond that, it’s a little difficult to say, since you’re within walking distance of lots of interesting restaurants. Plus, the Marriott is close to BART and Muni, so you can get to most of the city without walking that far. For example, Thanh Long is about as far away as it’s possible to get and still be in San Francisco, but it’s a straight shot on the N Judah Muni line, and you’d only have to walk about 7 blocks in total. So further recommendations would depend on what you’re looking for.

          Blue Bottle Cafe
          66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

          Thanh Long
          4101 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122

          101 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

          1. Ozumo and Kyo-ya are both in the vicinity (well, Ozumo is a healthy walk but Kyo-ya is just 2+ blocks).

            I'm not a fan of ozumo (overpriced & overblown) but others on here love it.
            I have not been to Kyo-ya for a very long time, but I have eaten there twice and enjoyed it immensely.

            Perhaps others who have been to kyo-ya more recently might care to comment?

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            1. re: pauliface

              Kyo-ya: good sushi, relatively expensive. Best dish, in my opinion, isn't sushi at all, but the butter fish. Inconsistent service. Oddly low-rent atmosphere for what they charge, particularly given that it's in a high-end hotel.

              1. re: johnq

                You will get real wasabi at Kyo-ya, though. It's been years since I have tried it. I need to go back and see how they are doing.

              2. re: pauliface

                A little more detail:
                Once I went and had some kind of set-price multicourse meal. I remember enjoying the chawan mushi particularly.
                The other time I went with a friend, I ordered a bunch of little things and he ordered I think sukiyaki, all good.

                If I recall, the reason my patronage fell off was the expense, not the food. It seemed pricey, and whenever I went in that direction I would opt for kiku of tokyo (now closed) instead. The chef from Kiku is now at Kappou Gomi (excellent, but from from where the OP is staying).