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Nice Italian dinner, limited wordrobe

Thanks for the advice! Sounds like Babbo got the most votes. Will try to see about getting a reservation there!

Jul 31, 2013
linjudy in Manhattan

Nice Italian dinner, limited wordrobe

Hi all, we plan to stop in NYC for a few days after a vacation in Argentina and Peru in September. We have one evening for a nice dinner, and after some research, was thinking about Scarpetta, Marea, or Babbo.

However, since we travel very light and the vacation is a lot of hiking, our wardrobe will be very limited. I will have one reasonable "go-to-diner" dress but likely something in jersey and casual, and the husband will have khakis and a nice shirt. But definitely no suit, tie, cocktail dress, high heels, etc. Will we be ok and not out of place? Coming from SF, normally I don't worry about such things, but we did have one dinner on the Upper East Side (I think one of the Boulud) restaurants, where we definitely felt under-dressed.

Thanks in advance for any help! Recommendation on a nice Italian place with great food and more casual vibe would be greatly appreciated!

Jul 11, 2013
linjudy in Manhattan

Solo meals near Hyatt Regency

There are many options in this area for single female diner. Some of my favorites are listed below. I would opt to sit at the bar at most these places. You'll get great food and friendly service

* La Mar: Great Peruvian food. Large beautiful bar where they serve food.
* Perbacco: Awesome northern Italian. Go for a pasta dish, and the warm custard cakes if they're on the menu
* Barbacco: Perbacco's little sister right next door. Less expensive, more like a Roman trattoria. Has TV at the bar usually tuned to sports if that's important to you (it is to me :)
* Plant Cafe: An organic/vegetarian type place. Very mellow. My sister-in-law the vegan loves it. The Plant Burger is pretty tasty even to carnivores.
* One Market: Solid California food and another nice, big bar area.
* Other options in the Ferry Building: Market Bar for happy-hour price drinks/appetizers, great outdoor seats on a nice day. Slanted Door, I don't really like this place but it's the most popular restaurant in SF. Il Cano Rosso, great 3-course dinner for $25.

Hope you have a great time! The area is pretty safe. I routinely walk/run on the Embarcadero after dark. There's usually lots of people around.

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Slanted Door
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

Perbacco
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

One Market Restaurant
1 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Barbacco
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

'Dress code', walking & taxis to / from restaurants - and area safety

Have you considered combining Muni with walking? that's what we usually do. It's faster, cheaper, and hassle free. The Haight/Laguna location has good transit. If it gets too late when we finish dinner, we would take a cab home. I've never had a problem getting the restaurant to call a cab after dinner unless it's in a very busy area on a very busy night (ie, mission or castro gay pride weekend).

In terms of places to try, I'll add a couple of Italian places to your list: Perbacco and SPQR. Very different but we love both.

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Perbacco
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

SPQR
1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Recommendations for Casual Restaurants Near Market & 4th?

Marlowe is a few blocks south of your hotel on Townsend near 4th. It's a friendly casual place with good food. They're famous for their burger. Also try the bone marrow and brussel spout chips.