I was checking out Dynastea on Hyde and Pacific today. I can say in all the years I've lived here, I have never been on this block. There's six restaurants here and they don't seem to get much press on Chowhound. Are they good or not?
1550 Hyde Restaurant and Wine Bar
Hyde Street Bistro
Hyde Street Seafood House
Nob Hill Cafe
Out of the list, Nob Hill Cafe gets the most posts on chowhound and they are mostly favorable. I would have never guessed it from the look. The deli counter looked tired and the menu was all over the place ... nachos, Baked Brie, dolmas, Calzones, Hot dogs, reubens, Italian Hero, Chai Latte, The Brie Ami was hot pastrami with melted brie on a french roll. Entrees included meat loaf and roasted chicken.
Some trivia I found about the place on Chowhound was that Vivian & Marian Brown (the twins) live in the area and frequent the place.
Nothing on 1550 Hyde, which from the looks of it seems new (the awning had the former restuarant name.
Looked like an interesting menu. Hoffman Chicken under a brick with stinging nettles sounded good and reminded me of Rome where I ate brick pressed chicken. They have a flight of three dessert wines for $12. There's also a list of Chinese leaf tea. The cool marble tables, sleek woooden chairs and unfinished concrete floors are softened by the huge arrangements of flowers on the bar.
U Lee with it's fading reviews of having the best potstickers (and largest) seemed to get one derisive review here. However the place was packed with Chinese people at noon.
I'm guessing that Sun Kwong is just your run of the mill Chinese restuarant.
I found one post on the Hyde Street Seafood House regarding it's Happy Hour when you can get a dozen oysters for $10 and a $2 pint of beer. They seeme to specialize in Seafood en papilote and have really a big seafood menu. They also have cioppino. Anyone tried it?
Hyde Street Bistro gets a postive post now and again. Nice looking Prix fixe menus that include a glass of wine. Here's their website with menu and the prix fixe menu is under promotions.
So what do you folks think of these restuarants? I'm probably going to be stopping by Dynastea frequently and would be interested in knowing if these places are good and what to eat there.