I am travelling to San Francisco for a conference, and staying at the Grand Hyatt near Union Square.
I would rather go into a "sure thing" restaurant than walk into one that looks interesting - which I'm sure they almost all will.
I will have 2 dinners, and am ok taking a cable car from my hotel to a place, or walking, although I hear your hills can be brutal. I have a budget of $40 per dinner, including tax/tip/drink. I don't have to spend that much money, though - I just want to eat great food.
I do love Xiu Long Bao, but am a little concerned about going to get it alone... If I can get a group of people from the conference to go for Dim sum with me, I'd be okay with Yank Sing. But are there any places I can get great XLB where I can comfortably eat alone? I'm ok with a hole in the wall.
Thanks for any help you can give!