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Where to take NY Foodie that's visiting?

Hi everyone. I have a friend who is a huge foodie coming to visit from NYC. I'd like to take him somewhere that has a great LA scene and does not have an outpost in NY. Therefore no Koi, Mr Chow, Prime Grill, etc. I am an extremely picky eater and do not like "frou frou" food especially lamb, rabbit, duck, etc. I know that I am making this very difficult but if you could recommend some options that fit into this narrow criteria I would greatly appreciate it. I'd like to be able to take him somewhere with great food but also a chance of being able to spot a celebrity. Thanks in advance for your help!

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    1. Consider Giorgio Baldi near the beach at the bottom of Chatauqua. First-rate Italian food, and a substantial possibility of seeing (in fact, sitting next to, since the place is tiny and the tables are on top of one another) a celebrity. The pasta is outstanding, the deep-fried shitakes with pecorino is to die for, and the spigola is one of the simplest and tastiest fish dishes in town.

      1. A.O.C. is a good option. Great wine list and menu with lots of choices both for those more and less adventurous.

        Agree with TM that Cut might be a good choice.

        If you really want celeb sightings you can go to the Ivy on Robertson. Food is good but way overpriced. I like the fried chicken.

        BTW, Giorgio Baldi is beyond expensive and the food can be hit or miss. You will be likely to see hollywood regulars - but that is do to its location more than the food...

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        1. re: Senor Popusa

          Agree with AOC. It's like Inoteca in NYC but with a LA feel.

          Spago for quintessential LA in terms of scene and food. It'll also fit that possible celeb citing without compromising too much on food.

          Providence for LA's answer to Le Bernardin.

          Agree with the chinese recs. I'll throw in the obligatory Din Tai Fung for dumplings.

          Philippe's for lamb or pork french dipped sandwich and Langer's so they can compare the pastrami to Katz's.

          Skip steak. NYC does steak very well.

        2. On Beverly Blvd. alone, you could choose among Angelini Osteria, Grace, Hatfield's, Jar. Moving up to Melrose, there's Lucques and Table 8. Over on La Brea, there's Campanile. Mako (on S. Beverly in Beverly Hills) and Melisse (on Wilshire and 11th in S.M.) might also work.

          1. The recently opened Gonpachi on La Cienega - New Yorkers always like the allure of a newly opened place! I slaved to it myself for years -