I posted a couple of weeks ago-another NYer comes to SF- and got a rec for Bar Tartine. It was fabulous! One of the best meals I've had recently. Food, service and ambience were above average. It was worth every penny, and a pleasure. DH even noticed, and he's an Italian with a hearty, less-than-picky appetite. Also spent time in Sonoma and Napa. The Girl and the Fig was fun:unpretentious and very tasty. Ubuntu in Napa was very good also, but perhaps too much hype led to unreasonable expectations. I didn't feel wowed like I did at Bar Tartine. We had a great time on our eating and drinking tour of Northern Cal and I would be very comfy living in SF, should the opp every arise.
Thanks again, especially rworange(?)