A Perfect Brasserie-Style Restaurant

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[youtube id=”e4oeLHCtkio”] by Sophie Gayot In our latest Annual Restaurant Issue, we introduced a new award category: our Top 10 Insider Picks in the U.S. For ten different cities, we recommend one restaurant where readers should go if they only have one night to pick a place for dinner. For San Francisco, Michael Mina’s RN74 was our choice. People may argue that there are some classic fine dining establishments in SF that should be the destination for that one special night, and some of them are on our Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. list. But people already know about those places, while I think RN74 is somewhat of a hidden gem. Chef Michael Mina, our 2011 Best Restaurateur in the U.S., along with his executive chef Jason Berthold, has composed a French brasserie menu with very strong California influences that can not really be any better for the genre. Watch my exclusive video interview with Berthold, and see pictures of the dishes from the menu below. Let us not forget the amazing wine list of over 3,000 bottles and the “train station” board that displays some of them. For more video interviews, including with chef Michael Mina, go to the GAYOT.com interview page. Find more about San Francisco restaurants, SF restaurant news, SF culinary events, Bay Area wine dinners. You can click on each photo to enlarge to see dishes from RN74 restaurant menu. All photos by Sophie Gayot. RN74 on Urbanspoon