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NY hound seeks new SF gems


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NY hound seeks new SF gems

alex m | | Aug 4, 2011 07:47 AM

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.

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