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One Night in SF—Where Would You Go?

loratliff Oct 4, 2013 01:25 PM

We are unexpectedly heading to SFO next week and while one night's dinner is taken care of, we have one free night. Budget is about $125 for two people after tax + tip, so not necessarily cheap eats, but not breaking the bank either.

We like all kinds of food, although my SO is the not the biggest fan of Vietnamese and Indian—otherwise good ethnic (especially anything we can't find here in NYC) is appreciated.

It's been almost three years since we were in SF, but last time we enjoyed Flour & Water, Foreign Cinema, Slanted Door, and Rosamunde, among others.

  1. Robert Lauriston Oct 4, 2013 01:57 PM

    La Ciccia (Sardinian)
    Mandalay (Burmese)
    Lers Ros (Thai)
    Namu Gaji (Cal-Korean)
    Izakaya Yuzuki

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston
      od_sf Oct 4, 2013 03:35 PM

      Izakaya Yuzuki will be tough at a budget of $125 for two people including tax + tip. It's very easy to spend $200+ on dinner for two there. Well worth it, though.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston
        dunstable Oct 4, 2013 03:42 PM

        Unless you mean that Yuzuki is of an unparalleled quality not available elsewhere, NYC has like a gazillion izakaya places.

        I still say Nopa, if you have only one night.

        1. re: dunstable
          Robert Lauriston Oct 4, 2013 04:16 PM

          Yuzuki's not typical izakaya food. I don't know that NYC has anything like it.


          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            pauliface Oct 6, 2013 10:43 AM

            Well, Yuzuki may be my favorite here in SF but in NYC for things just as good or better you can go to Omen, Blue Ribbon Sushi, Kyoya, Rosanjin, Sugiyama. And that's what I know of even without knowing about whatever the newest wave of additions is out there.

            I'm afraid NYC has us beat in this department.

            1. re: pauliface
              loratliff Oct 6, 2013 07:18 PM

              Yes, I live right down the street from Blue Ribbon Sushi so I think we'll skip izakaya in SF.

              Keeping tabs on all of the other suggestions so far—thanks!

              1. re: pauliface
                Robert Lauriston Oct 7, 2013 08:56 AM

                Are those places using koji and making their own tofu and miso from scratch?

                1. re: Robert Lauriston
                  pauliface Oct 7, 2013 10:12 AM

                  You know, I kind of regret my previous posting. I'm just missing some of my NYC favorites at the moment.

                  Go to Yuzuki, especially if you are partial to Japanese food.

                  I'd certainly I'd pick it before anything else yet mentioned on this thread.

                  loratiff, since you know Blue Ribbon, I can perhaps put Yuzuki in context for you. If you were to go to Blue Ribbon and ignore the sushi/sashimi on the menu, and instead put together a dinner from all the other parts of the menu, it would begin to resemble a yuzuki dinner.

                  But the cooking at Yuzuki is more refined, (yet highly soulful in a japanese way). More like omen at its peak than Blue Ribbon. Have you had the set course at omen? It tends to begin with a little trio of appetizers? This resembles what would be the first item on Yuzuki's menu, which is always a little trio of dishes.

                  P.S. Sugiyama has had housemade sesame tofu as part of their dinner in the past. Don't know about the Koji. I can say that Omen has the best assorted pickle (tsukemono) plate. Better even than Yuzuki's koji pickles, although I have been to Omen since the rise of Yuzuki; I will be at omen soon and I can report back on that claim.

        2. loratliff Oct 4, 2013 04:12 PM

          Forgot to mention that State Bird Provisions would have been my first choice, but it says they are closed until early October. Anyone know when they'll be reopening?

          Also, Rich Table but no reservations available. (I know that's a stretch with the amount I gave, but that's not hard and fast for the right place.)

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          1. re: loratliff
            Robert Lauriston Oct 4, 2013 04:16 PM

            How about AQ or Bar Jules?

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            karenfinan Oct 4, 2013 04:23 PM


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            1. re: karenfinan
              CarrieWas218 Oct 5, 2013 03:56 PM

              Hard to do Aziza for $125 for two people any more...

              The tasting menu for one is now $95.

            2. foietographer Oct 7, 2013 09:42 PM

              Burma Superstar

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                Thomas Nash Oct 8, 2013 07:59 AM

                Delfina, Bar Tartine are closer to $150 with a reasonably careful wine choice, but worth the slight over budget.

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                  od_sf Oct 8, 2013 09:36 AM

                  Local's Corner is a good option at that price point.


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                    kellyransford Oct 10, 2013 03:04 PM

                    burma superstar

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                    1. re: kellyransford
                      Civil Bear Oct 10, 2013 04:10 PM

                      If Indian and Vitnamese are out, then don't see why Burmese would be in.

                      1. re: Civil Bear
                        Robert Lauriston Oct 10, 2013 04:48 PM

                        For Burmese, I'd go to Mandalay over Burma Superstar. They're at least as good and they take reservations.

                    2. bbulkow Oct 11, 2013 11:51 AM

                      Classic recommendations here might be:
                      State Bird
                      St Vincent

                      1. loratliff Oct 12, 2013 01:06 PM

                        Just wanted to update... We only had two nights in San Francisco, but on the first night we were so exhausted that we ended up just eating downstairs at the hotel—Trace at the W. Pricey, like any hotel restaurant, but it was a satisfying meal and was better than we expected. I am disappointed that I didn't get to take advantage of the great and much appreciated recommendations here, but all the more reason to return soon.

                        Last night was the one dinner that was for sure planned—we went to Tosca, as we're friends of the house at the Bloomfield restaurants in NYC. It was great and I think they'll be tremendously successful.

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