While most chowhounds consider XYZ merely decent, nja says some really spectacular dishes are buried in the menu. If you order well, you can have a meal of Myth-like quality. The big news, though, is their wine deal. Through August, any bottle on their list is half price. And the list is deep, with lots of Loire, Burgundy, and domestic Pinot Noir choices. You have to actually dine to get the deal though; it’s not offered at the bar.
Their best dish by the far is corn soup, with an intense, sweet, bright, clear corn flavor, plus a few cockles for garnish. Best of the entrees is scallop with corn risotto. Crab frito is also worthy, and gazpacho (with some smoked prawns) is is clever but the prawns will probably be better a bit further into the season.
The best option might be lunch: the wine deal is in effect, and a lot of the best dishes are available for a lower price.
181 Third St., at Howard St., San Francisco