Have a 2 week holiday in Aug/Sept, starting San Francisco and ending up in NYC. As keen eating and drinking folk, we usually try to advance book somewhere local and interesting on at least alternate nights when we travel abroad. However, I'm astounded on how exorbitant wine is, even in mid-priced restaurants. Seems even the cheapest "house" starts around $35-40, which is a good 80% more than in most European countries. In the UK, it would have to be a pretty high end place to start their list mid-high £20.
Are there more reasonable places around other than those shown on TA? Food prices are what I would expect, but we are quite boozy, and wine prices are going to make this a very expensive trip!