Yaqo Homo, a Brooklyn native, is visiting San Francisco for 3 nights and two days later this month and has a number of gastronomical and oenological tasks to accomplish in a limited timeframe.
1) Late night dining: Given when our flight arrives on Friday evening, we probably won't be able to eat until 10:30. I guess that's not super-late for a weekend, but we'd still like to know which places are known for their-late night food scene. I'm especially fond of wine bars (as long at they have real food menu), but am open to anyplace with delightful food and atmosphere.
2) Visit a wine store. YH loves wine stores and would love to know the best SF establishments are. I'm not necessarily looking for the most prestigious/acclaimed store (though that's certainly not a bad thing); what's important is a friendly, brainy staff to speak to and an impressive selection of perhaps lesser-known California wines that I might not encounter NYC.
3) Inexpensive lunches: Day 1: Where do I get the best burritos in the city? Day 2: Looking for some serious, authentic, memorable ethnic cuisine of any sort.
4) Splurge on a 4-star joint. Where do you people go on special occasions?. The ideal restaurant would still have reservations available 3 weeks in advance—so please don't suggest impossible-to-get-a-table places. I was thumbing through a magazine and the following restaurants caught my eye: Fifth Floor, Michael Mina and Gary Danko. However, I trust you chowhounds more than I trust slick food writers, so tell me what you think of any of those restaurants, or please suggest others instead.
5) Neighborhood bistro/brasserie (sorry to say I never learned the difference) serving dead-serious food in a relaxed atmopshere. A uniquely "Californian" vibe would be nice; I don't want to feel like I'm still in NYC
I love you chowhounds and will appreciate any suggestions.