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Near Downtown: Friday Night, Birthday, 5 Ladies, Good Chow

Looking for a fun, girls night out birthday dinner tomorrow night in or around Downtown LA (Silverlake, Los Feliz, Koreatown). Good drinks and desserts always a plus. Aiming for $20 entrees (thereabouts) with final bill including drinks at a max of $40 a person? We dine too often in Little Tokyo so non-Jtown suggestions welcome.

Our tendency is to go for good, cheap grub...but okay to splurge sometime as fun late 20s women should.

Thanks in advance for the help!

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  1. Even though it's getting cooler, Cliff's Edge seems like the right kind of place -- festive and pretty, decent food, good drinks. Most of the other places around that area are not really that "fun." If you want Korean, Chosun Galbi is good for birthdays, as it has a nice patio and is a little dressier than other Korean places. Both of these are in your price range.

    1. I second the Cliff's Edge recommendation. And I really enjoy Cobras & Matadors with a group -- more people = more small plates to try. The french toast dessert is great. They only have wine (and sangria), but it's a great selection and on a Friday night it's a festive spot.

      1. good recs above.

        try OPUS next to the wiltern. great place for a celebration.

        excellent food. chic space. nice vibe. great prices.


        can book on opentable.

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        1. re: revets2

          All things considered an Excellent Idea!

          1. re: revets2

            the link is to a restaurant in canada.
            or maybe my computer is going nuts?

            1. re: westsidegal

              lol. your computer is fine. although that canadian restaurant has some darn good-looking, tasty dishes that will take one day's worth (or more) of your paycheck. i was curious. ;-)


          2. Honestly, I'm not a big Cliff's Edge or Cobra's fan so I tend to steer clear of both places (though, the patio and bar @ Cliff's really is worth visiting) If you're willing to head over near Universal, my call is Mini-Bar on Cahuenga. Stellar food, creative drinks with a fun and cool atmoshphere. They even have a "jungle room" for big groups so you can cut it up in semi-privacy. Way less attitude than the Cobra and the small plates are super tasty and not too pricey. And, the pot of chocolate for dessert is the bomb. Happy birthday!

            1. I love Blair's in Silverlake. It might be a little pricey, but totally worth it. Very cute, great food, but reservations needed.

              1. There is an Italian place called Farfalle in Los Feliz that would probably suit your needs. It has a neighborhood feel, they have good food at reasonable prices, and they have good desserts.

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                1. re: glutton

                  farfalla, but maybe not festive enough for a special occasion splurge. excellent food, but it's kinda our everyday place. and yes, their desserts are very yummy. andreas is the best.

                2. I am tickled by all the quality posts. Thanks for making my first chowhound post warm and comforting.

                  just fyi, we went to shah abbas (persian?) restauraunt next to the Beverly Center (where San Vicente and that other big street criss cross diagonally). The meat flavoring was tasty, but I'm sure we could get that elsewhere for a better price and without the undulating belly dance. I usually am into bigger portions but the food was just enough for us and well within our budget.

                  and I just went to cliff's edge for the first time the other night (on my bosses dime) and the patio was romantic and lovely. the food was "meh". I had the warm seafood salad and it was rather flavorless. otherwise, the ambience is worth the price for a date...but maybe for not a chowhounder?

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                  1. re: ctowngal

                    I enjoy Cliff's Edge. Perhaps it depends on what you order. Next time, try a seafood entree. Their desserts are also delicious.

                  2. sounds good chica. i'll take your recommendation and report back. the patio is so lovely and location so close to my place that i am ready to give it another try. i do recall that my co-diner loved the halibut...and i had a morsel...it was quite lovely. thanks for the reminder.