Having been a huge fan of the food at Broken Record, I was eager to check out their new incarnation. I'm happy to say that I think the food is just as good as ever.
Both my dining partner and I had the lobster mac and cheese on our minds prior to arrival, and neither of us budged once we saw the full menu. For only $12, it had a generous portion of lobster, and was as creamy and decadent as I recalled. Really a great dish at a great price.
We also ordered a roasted beet salad with fried oysters that was really lovely. It had grapefruit, greens (arugula, I think) in a light vinaigrette, and a little bit of ranch dressing directly under the oysters. The oysters were an add-on option, and I'm glad we got them. They were lightly fried yet greaseless, and had been cooked perfectly.
Lastly, despite knowing it would be too much food, we ordered the sweet potato tots. These are perfectly crispy on the outside and meltingly soft and sweet on the inside. I love these things, and they should have a takeout window that just serves them and their bacon/beef burgers.
The set up of the restaurant pretty much guarantees that unless you are with a large group that you will be sitting with (and interacting with) fellow diners. In our case we got to know a family of three from the neighborhood, and we ended up sharing our all our dishes with them.
Right now they are waiting for their wine/beer license, so they encourage people to bring their own. Somehow that seemed to add to the friendly character of the place--people were sharing wine and beer with each other quite freely it seemed.
400 Haight St. at the corner of Webster.