NY hound seeks new SF gems
NY hound who makes semi-annual trips to SF looking for something new or that I've missed in the past. Any price range is fine except the highest level (no Coi/Benu/etc., please...I guess nothing over $75ish pp).
Some of my past favorites from your fine city:
Aziza, Lers Ros, El Farolito/Pancho Villa/etc, Incanto, Zuni, Chez Panisse (upstairs), Koi Palace, Ferry Building Saturdays
Others places that I've enjoyed (sometimes seriously enjoyed) in the past but that are perhaps less novel for a New Yorker or not quite as incredible as those on my favorites list:
Delfina, Pagolac, Ritual, Dopo, Gather (for lunch if you're on Berkeley's campus), Tu Lan (only for bun w/imperial rolls), and yes...the divisive Slanted Door (great for what it is) & Tartine (great on a weekday morning if there's no line and the morning buns are hot)
Not so much: Flora, Bodega Bistro (it was perfectly fine, just not particularly impressive), Bi Rite ice cream
All suggestions will be appreciated although I'm not that interested in eating pizza, sushi, Szechuan, standard Italian, or ramen on this trip (not that SF doesn't have good options in those categories, of course, but simply because I eat a lot of that in NYC). Thanks in advance.
jai yun for sure -- lunch is a lot less expensive than dinner, but both are very interesting. kappa perhaps, but it is near your price limit. plum is a great recommendation. maybe commonwealth too?
re: steve h.
commonwealth -- probably fits what you're looking for, inventive for the price
bar tartine -- try chilled sour cherry soup
cotogna is ok, better Italian in nyc
i think you should get some mexican, mayan, vietnamese, burmese, etc. since those are slightly harder to find in nyc i think
i.e. torta los picudos, poc chuc, ppq dungeness / anh hong, usual burmese board recs, etc
maybe you'd like mochica
popular right now for a higher price and worth a visit are saison and atelier crenn
plum and commis are amazing but you'd have to go outside sf
Definitely Nopalito for high end Mexican...
Also, Nopa and Foreign Cinema for more great CA food. Bar Crudo is very good for raw seafood (not sushi).
Not sure how the Peruvian or Burmese food is in New York, but SF has a lot of good examples of those cuisines.
Try the Ice Cream at Humphry Slocombe (I am not a Bi-Rite fan either).
Also, even though you say no pizza, you should try the deep dish at Little Star some visit... my SO, who is from NY, does not consider it pizza, but still finds it delicious.
Perbacco (Northern Italian)
NOPA (CA Comfort food -- casual)
Papalote (Lunch, my favorite burritos in town)
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We like Quince a lot, Dumpling King, Pagolac and Sotto Mare. Other than Quince, these are mostly just local joints, but have really good food.
As to Plum, I'd rather go to Commis, but it sounds like it might be too close to the price point you are trying to avoid unless you just drink water :)
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