My City: Indie flicks, wontons and chefs with gangster flair 

Faves and raves by Nate Valentine

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AGE: 32

YEARS IN CITY: 10

NEIGHBORHOOD: Cole Valley

OCCUPATION: Co-owner of Vintage 415, a culture marketing firm that operates two restaurants, two nightclubs and a clothing boutique

SELF-DESCRIPTION: Living the San Francisco dream

FAVORITE CHEAP EATS

Rosamunde Sausage Grill

WHERE: 545 Haight St. (between Fillmore and Steiner streets)

WHAT: Lunch on Burger Tuesdays, the only day of the week Rosamunde serves burgers

INFO: (415) 437-6851

"You have to get there early because the burgers sell out. The best thing to do is to get a burger or sausage, then head next door to Toronado and eat it with a beer."

FAVORITE COCKTAIL

Umami

WHERE: 2909 Webster St. (between Union and Filbert streets)

WHAT: The Faded Crane: seasonal citrus fruit muddled with orange bitters and mixed with Ketel One Vodka and a splash of soda

INFO: (415) 346-3431 or www.umamisf.com

"Umami is one of our restaurants, but this really is my favorite cocktail in town. It’s the grown-up version of vodka and orange juice. Plus, our bartender, Eric, doesn’t even drink, and he creates the most incredible cocktails through the sense of smell."

FAVORITE MOVIE THEATER

Sundance Kabuki Cinema

WHERE: 1881 Post St. (at Fillmore Street)

WHAT: Dinner and a movie

INFO: (415) 346-3243 or www.sundancecinemas.com/kabuki.html

"I respect their philosophy as a venue for independent films, and I love that you can get food and wine right at your seats."

FAVORITE BAR BITES

Boulevard

WHERE: 1 Mission St. (at Steuart Street)

WHAT: Anything made by chef de cuisine Ravi Kapur

INFO: (415) 543-6084 or www.boulevardrestaurant.com

"Ravi is gangster. It’s amazing to watch him cook. I went there for a birthday dinner and sat at the bar with my mom and just had the most incredible meal."

FAVORITE PRIVATE ROOM

Farina

WHERE: 3560 18th St. (between Valencia and Guerrero streets)

WHAT: Drinks in the upstairs dining room

INFO: (415) 565-0360 or www.farinafoods.com

"The private room at Farina is the perfect place for birthday cocktails and appetizers. It’s not only a gorgeous restaurant, but you get access to an outdoor patio."

FAVORITE LATE-NIGHT SNACK

Osha Thai

WHERE: 696 Geary St. (at Leavenworth Street)

WHAT: Fried wontons made with pork, shrimp and vegetables and served with sweet and sour sauce

INFO: (415) 673-2368 or www.oshathai.com

"I love the wontons, but I try to stay away from them because they’re so addictive. Everything at Osha is just really good drunk food."

FAVORITE DATE SPOT

Slow Club

WHERE: 2501 Mariposa St. (at Hampshire Street)

WHAT: A relaxed dinner at the Mission standby

INFO: (415) 241-9390 or www.slowclub.com

"I actually think the best dates are being out with friends in a more social setting, but Slow Club is kind of out of the way and has a great atmosphere. It’s really comfortable and chill."

FAVORITE LIVE MUSIC VENUE

Greek Theatre

WHERE: UC Berkeley

WHAT: Outdoor concerts

INFO: www.berkeley.edu

"I actually graduated from high school at the Greek Theatre. It’s everything you’d want in a music venue: It’s outdoors and everyone who works there is really nice."

FAVORITE HANGOVER CURE

Foreign Cinema

WHERE: 2534 Mission St. between 21st and 22nd streets

WHAT: Brunch outside on the restaurant’s open patio

INFO: (415) 648-7600 or www.foreigncinema.com

"My fiancée, Kelly, and I order Champagne, some oysters and their homemade Pop Tarts, and we’re good to go."

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