Philadelphia chowhound reporting in after a recent business trip, and thanking folks for the Plouf recc.
The concierge at the Handlery was WONDERFUL - I've had bad experiences with concierges who are clearly shilling the restaurants who take care of them in some way - this guy made some really stellar suggestions.
He recommended Fino's in the Andrews Hotel for Sunday night, and it was lovely - I was well taken-care of, the beef carpaccio was as good as I've ever had, and the mushroom raviolis were quite nice - not really in a sauce, but more of a stewed onion and tomato preparation - very tasty. And the prices were quite modest - will cause NO grief at expense report time.
He also recommended Sanraku, which was a hotly debated topic here on the Chowhound board. Went, and enjoyed sitting at the bar - no stringy sashimi, and a very pleasant sushi chef to keep me company. It was a Monday night, and there was a line out into the street!
Plouf on Belden Alley was last, and very enjoyable. Got the New Zealand sea bass in a pastry wrap - very nice and tender, although the sauce was a little overwhelming (sweet and balsamicky) Mobbed with people who seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely, and was treated like a Queen.
My only complaint was that I hiked to Dottie's Monday morning around 10 (based on good reccs here on CH), and there was A LONG LINE OUT THE DOOR - at least 15 people waiting to get in!! On Monday morning! Tried "La Scene" in the Warwick on Geary, and no one came into sight in 5 minutes (no waiter, no host/hostess - not a good sign). Ended up at the Daily Grille in my hotel, which was fine.
Thanks for all the advice on this board - both direct (Ploufs) and indirect (Sanraku). Best source of info on the web!