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Jan 10, 2011 08:06 AM

NYC hound with 2 days

Hello all,
I'm going to be in town for a couple days at the end of the month and am looking for some lunch/dinner recs.

For lunch: I'm attending a conference, so I'll need some places close to the center (it's at the Intercontinental, at Howard & 4th) that I can get to, get fed and get back in <1 hour. I get to have 3 of these!

For dinner: I have reservations at Flour & Water, and I only have one more night so I'm looking for the can't-miss moderately-priced SF locale. This doesn't have to be close to the conference center, but I'd like to be able to get there via public transit if possible.

A little about what I like: um, everything! Allergic to or afraid of: nothing!

Thanks!! I'm hungry already!!

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  1. Here are a couple for lunch:
    Mochica (Peruvian) - on Harrison near 5tj
    Zero Zero - on Folsom between 5th and 4th
    54 Mint - in Mint Plaza near 5th and Mission
    Chez Papa Mint Plaza
    Out the Door (Vietnamese) - in Westfield Center lower level (enter on Mission between 5th & 4th

    937 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

    54 Mint
    54 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Zero Zero
    826 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107

    2 Replies
    1. re: bobpantzer

      I'm dubious about getting to Mochica, eating, and getting back in under an hour. Or are they more efficient at lunch?

      937 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        I work just a few blocks away and have only been there for lunch. It has never been crowded and I think if OP told them she was on a schedule, she'd have no problem. Probably she needs to be a fast walker, though, because those south of Market blocks are kind of long.

    2. Some places I like:
      Cotogna, at the bar. Wonderful pasta, drinks and wine.
      Bar Crudo. It's small, noisy, crowded and very good if you like seafood small plates. Service is spotty but I don't care.
      Barbacco. Sitting at the bar, chatting with server/neighbors is good. Food and wine is very good.
      SPQR has wonderful food, very good wine. Small, noisy but well worth a cab ride.
      I get to most of these places by mass transit.

      Edited to add: Pizza in San Francisco is undergoing a bit of a renaissance.