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Thoughts on Co Nam? [San Francisco]

There are other Vietnamese restos closed to Co Nam that I can recommend.

Bodega Bistro on Larkin. This is a Northern Vietnamese cuisine. It has excellent quail, crab roll, and beef jerky salad.

On the same block as Bodega is Pagolac. This is a southern cuisine. Anh Hong on Geary (Hyde?) serves pretty much the same as Pagolac: Beef 7 courses.

One block from Bodega is Saigon Sandwich--possibly one of the best places in the US to get the Vietnamese sandwich banh mi.

Annual SF trip- in with the old, and what's new?

State Bird Provisions's dishes have strong Asian flavors, so you may like it there. It is pricey though.

Mission Chinese and Bodega Bistro are excellent asian restos. I like every dish I tried at Mission Chinese except for the Hainan chicken which came with small shredded pieces of chicken but hardly any chicken broth flavor.

Bodega Bistro is a northern Vietnamese place. Do get its quail, crab rolls, and beef jerky salad. Its crabs were pricey and weren't that unique.

Not an Asian place but you may want to check it is Saha. A middle eastern fusion resto down the street from Canteen. It eggplant humus is delicious. And if it still has duck as an entree, one of you should get it.

Visiting with sister - where to eat and drink?

My recommendation:

Torrisi Italian Specialties on Mulberry and Prince St. Superb food for $50/pp.

Xian Famous Noodle Shop in Chinatown near Broadway and under Manhattan Bridge. Excellent cumin flavored noodle.

The Standard Hotel Rooftop in the Meatpacking District. Excellent skyline view of both midtown and downtown plus NJ.

Torrisi Italian Specialties
250 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

Jan 06, 2011
youngsf in Manhattan

Last Unhealthy Meal for a Long Time- Needs Ideas

I had dinner at Torrisi last week. I normally don't like Italian, but if I can experience more Italian restos like Torrisi, I'd change my mind.

Torrisi is incrediblicious--from the first dish to the last dish. The night I went it offered a choice of fish or meat set for $50. I picked meat. It brought out a series of dishes--most of them were just 2-3 bites each, but everyone was well done and most were superbly good--even simple pasta dish. And I wished some of their cookies were sold separately because I want to buy a box home.

Torrisi was the best meal experience I had in my NYC trip--far better than Aquagrill and Balthazar. Highly recommended.

210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

Torrisi Italian Specialties
250 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

Dec 31, 2010
youngsf in Manhattan

Seeking SF recommendations, esp for ethnic food

In addition to Mandalay on California, I'd recommend the following:

Saha on Sutter (inside Carlton Hotel). Great Middle Eastern fusion place. Get the duck if it has it. Eggplant dip is superb.

Bodega Bistro on Larkin. Northern Vietnamese resto. Try squab and papaya salad.

Anh Hong or Pagolac for Vietnamese 7 beef courses.

Bodega Bistro
607 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

655 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Bodega Bistro recommendations?

I ordered their crab once. It wasn't good (too heavy in sauce) so I wouldn't recommend it.

Better to order Nem Cua, egg roll like with crab meat. Bun Cha is good too.

Definitely order papaya salad and squab.

Visiting from Sweden to eat in Bay Area.

I'd consider checking out the Attic in San Mateo. I have not been there and it is relatively new. But it is open by a well know Asian fusion chef (Tim Luym) who used to run the Poleng Lounge which closed this year.


Visiting Belgian seeks information on good lunch places

Aside from checking restos in the Ferry Building, my recommendations:

Saha on Sutter (inside Carlton Hotel). It serves Middle Eastern fusion.
Bodega Bistro on Larkin St. It serves Northern Vietnamese food. Excellent roasted squab, beef jerkey papaya salad, and crab meat rolls.
Nopa on Divisidero. American cuisine. Excellent pork chop and mix drinks.
2223 Restaurant on Market St. American. Excellent cocktails and food supposed to be quite good but I haven't eat there.

Bodega Bistro
607 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Sunday night dinner in Pacific Heights

Consider going up 8 blocks to Presidio Heights neighborhood. There is La Osteria, classic Italian and nearby Garibaldi's and Ella's. 4 blocks from here are Spruce, Sociale, and Magic Flute.

Also, there is Eliza on California near Divisadero

3665 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94118

247 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Proper Chinese Dinner for 6 visting from DC

My personal choice is Ton Kiang on Geary outer Richmond. Excellent standard Cantonese resto.

Koi Palace is excellent too, but it has terrible service for the price range it is in. Also, because of its high price, I believe it is best to have someone who know how to order. Not worth getting something expensive cook in standard way.

Eliza on California is a nice westernized Chinese place.

None Chinese place worth consider including Mandalay (Burmese), Anh Hong (Vietnamese beef 7 courses), and Bodega Bistro (northern Vietnamese).

Koi Palace Restaurant
365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015

Bodega Bistro
607 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Ton Kiang
5821 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

Friday evening, Union Square area?

E&O Trading (Asian fusion) on Sutter St (near Grant) is another great place for happy hour. Also, the Belden Lane alley has a several French/Mediterranean restos--B44, Plouf (excellent mussels), etc.--with outdoor seating.

40 Belden Place, San Francisco, CA 94104

Visiting SF Bay Area for 5 nights

For Mexican, my personal choice is La Taqueria on Mission around 24th/25st. A fast food joint but good food.

If you want atmosphere and upscale, nopalito (opened by Nopa owners) as others suggested. Bocadillos is a great tapas place, so is Isa in Marina and Pesce on upper Polk (my personal favorite chez nous on Filmore closed down).

On Oakland side, the College av from the Rockridge BART station to UC campus has many interesting restos too. Near BART is À Côté, a tapas place. Up by Ashby there is small Italian/Sicilian resto that is quite good. Couldn't remember the name but it has a tiny width and a mezzanine seating. Haven't been there for a long time but I believe it still open for dinner only and cash only too.

Cha Cha Cha is a great social place but not sure I'd go there for food experience.

2227 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

710 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94111

La Taqueria
2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Visiting SF Bay Area for 5 nights

1) Check out Thai resto Lers Ros in the Tenderloin. It opens until midnight.

Nopa serves dinner until 1AM. Good food, great vibe but not close to your hotel.

3) Eliza's on California St is very good (though I haven't been there for a while). Ton Kiang for Chinese food or dim sum is good. Shanghai Dumpling King (3319 Balboa Street) is also good. Better Cantonese dim sum is at Koi Palace in Daly City. Be prepared to wait 1+hours for dim sum at good place.

4) Check out Bistro Jeanty in Yountville.

5) Consider NOPA for good food, drinks, and atmosphere.

6) Consider Saha in the Tenderloin area (inside Carlton Hotel on Sutter). Very good Middle Eastern fusion. Also in the Tenderloin, check out Bodega Bistro on Larkin near Bambuddha Lounge. Excellent northern Vietnamese cuisine. A block across from it is the small Vietnamese Saigon Sandwich shop. Well known for its sandwich (get the special).

In Noe Valley there is Incanto if you like Italian.

You can also head to Marina District's. Many great restos are there including Isa and A16 (Italian).

Koi Palace Restaurant
365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015

Saigon Sandwich Shop
560 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

Bodega Bistro
607 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Bambuddha Lounge
601 Eddy Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Ton Kiang
5821 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

Bistro Jeanty
6510 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

Shanghai Dumpling King
3319 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121