obviously, this is quite a subjective question, but here's what i'm looking for:
i've been to san francisco numerous times, but my girlfriend's never been. i'm taking her for her birthday. i'd like to show her around chinatown one evening, and i'm looking for a memorable restaurant. i'm staying at the pan pacific, so i believe that chinatown is withing walking distance. there will be either 2 or 4 people. price doesn't really matter, as long as a higher-placed restaurant is worth it.
i'm NOT looking for the hole in the wall that serves great food. i'd like the restaurant to have a great atmosphere as well as having great food. if anyone knows of any interesting chinatown bars for before/after, that would be fantastic as well.
many thanks. i'll be sure to post a followup letting everyone know how things go.