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Jul 16, 2013 03:10 PM

New Yorker visiting San Fran, I'd love some help!

I like anything and everything but my weakness is anything asian (mostly vietnamese and Korean). What are your suggestions?

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  1. You could try Slanted Door and its offspring (many on this board find it overrated but it may be good to go once)

    Namu Gaji in the Mission may be worth checking out.

    A lot of the vietnamese and korean spots are in the suburbs sadly.

    If you want to to go all all out - Benu

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    1. re: goldangl95

      Thank you! what do you recommend ordering at Benu?

      1. re: Katdragon

        Benu is only a la carte Tues Wed Thurs. I've only had the tasting menu and generally found the food very creative while still being satisfying - their wine/beer/sake program is excellent.

        1. re: Katdragon

          get the full monty. you are only going to go once. the beverage pairing is really inspired too. the som. there is as talented as the chef

      2. I would not get Korean food here if you are from New York. With the possible exception of Santa Clara, the Bay Area lags far behind New York (and upper New Jersey) in Korean food.

        But Namu Gaji might be a good choice for you, because it's not really Korean food. More like Korean-influenced food.

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        1. re: dunstable

          i agree with dunstable. when i'm in NY I make a bee line for west 32nd street for some very great Korean food not to be found in the Bay Area.

        2. Fusebox in Oakland is worth the schlep.

          Do you have much Burmese in NY?

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Seconding considering Burmese during your visit - we dont have much/any of it in NYC.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Check Fusebox days/hours and with unique location car a must.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                You don't need a car to go to Fusebox. The AC Transit NL transbay bus stops a block away.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  Timewise, Fusebox is about the same distance from Union Square as Mandalay so it wouldn't be absurd to recommend it travel-wise.

                  neighborhoodwise though... they'd be fine for lunch, but I wouldn't send any tourist there on public transportation at night. Not the most fun place to wait for a bus for someone unfamiliar with the area. Take a look at google streetview between the NL stop and Fusebox. Hardly a post-card...

                  1. re: hyperbowler

                    It's an industrial neighborhood, dead quiet at all times I've been there. Take a cab after.

                    1. re: hyperbowler

                      I have not been to Fusebox but I have been to Sweet Maria's at 21st and Adeline (about two blocks away) via the NL bus in daytime. About the worst that can be said of the experience of getting there and back via public transit is that it's boring.

                2. look into jai yun (chinese) -- it is pretty unique.

                  1. pagolac (larkin and ellis i think) 6 courses of beef, cheap and very good and fun.
                    pho tran hoa (jones at ofarrell) is the best pho in the city in my opinion
                    saigon sandwich (larkin and eddy) is the best banh mi in the city, in my opinion.
                    these are all within walking distance of each other in the tenderloin. if you time your walk correctly you meander a bit, you probably can do all three. note, not the cleanest neighborhood, so, um, yeah.

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                    1. re: frontzNskrontz

                      Saigon Sandwich is great.

                      Bodega Bistro does a very good job with some standards.

                      I'm not sure there's any Vietnamese or Korean in SF that's as much of a standout as Lers Ros is for Thai, though. Could be disappointing for someone from NYC.

                      1. re: frontzNskrontz

                        Saigon Sandwich compares favourably to Banh Mi Saigon in NYC. My favourite of the two seems to be the one I ate last at.