I'm headed to San Francisco for a few days with a bunch of family next Monday. In total we will be 4 adults, 2 college students (myself being one of them), and 5 kids ranging in age from 7 to 17. So here's the deal: My sweet aunt has enthusiastically mapped out the three short days we'll be spending in SF. As this is her first time in the city, she's picked out many of the typical tourist highlights for us to visit. As such, she has planned our three dinners accordingly: one night Chinese in Chinatown, one night Italian in North Beach, and one night seafood somewhere (presumably Fisherman's Wharf area.) I've only been to SF once, and I was a teen then, but those three choices seem to me to be the height of antiquated clichés. If so, forgive us. I imagine these hoods are most likely *not* the spots to find innovative cuisine.
Still, considering that this trip is mostly not at my expense, I am more than happy to follow the whims of my aunt and the rest of my family. However, what would be a nice surprise for all of us would be if I could get recommendations on good, Chow-worthy fare in these neighborhoods. I'm really not too keen on walking into over-priced, tasteless tourist traps every night. Moderate prices and places where a huge group of bumbling tourists wouldn't stick out too much would be big pluses.
So to recap, if anyone has recs for a good Chinese grub in Chinatown (Thai, Viet or Japanese would be sweet too), a nice Italian place in North Beach and good seafood somewhere central would be most appreciated. If there are great places specializing in these cuisines elsewhere in town, post away. (Only reason I ask to keep it central is that we are travelling sans auto and staying near Union Square.) Not looking for anything too traditional; fusion concepts would be great as well.
Thanks in advance for everyone's input.