I post a lot on the SF board. I'm hoping, once, that CH can help me instead of the other way around.
Here's the specs:
* Tuesday night (tonight). Will be ready to venture starting in midtown around 7pm, but willing to slide in late somewhere on the 10pm side. Will travel for food.
* No reservations. I've checked a lot of the common recs like wd-50 and they're booked. (Ducasse has a seat, though)
* No real price limit. $200/pp out the door might be my upper limit. Might. No lower limit, either.
* Dining alone. A fancy place with bar seating would be about right.
* I like small places.
* I eat everything. Except primate brains and poi.
What do I want?
Something innovative. Something different.
Either a high-end new place doing innovative food ("modern" or whatever you call it), or a regional place that's new to me.
No chinese. We get *great* chinese here. No mexican - I live near one of the mexican areas (Redwood City). No Korean. No indian. *maybe* japanese, but it better be the absolute best. I *love* these kinds of food, but if I'm travelling, I want something different, eh? Like real spanish.
As a reference, my best meal this year was Ubuntu in Napa. They only occasionally serve a 10 course tasting menu; I got lucky. They serve veggies from their back yard garden I'd never seen, like Beetberries. Best this month was probably the scotch egg (house smoked ham minced and pressed around a wee quail egg, deep fried so the yolk still runs, served sustainably in a cup made from yesterday's menu) at a place called Martin's West. Last month would be the tea leaf beef app at Tamerine (Cal/Viet). Best cocktail was a rosemary - honey - absinthe concoction at Serpentine, runner up was a "local Sazerac" with Old Potrero Whiskey and St George Absinthe at Flea Street. Jones of the month is the tacos maize hecho a mano at Los Gemelos for $1 each, Al Pastor. I am dying to go to Commis and try the Shizo leaf soda amuse - I'm a massive fan of shizo.
Will report back.