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3 nights - 3 fabulous restaurants in LA

JMRB Apr 23, 2007 04:33 PM

I will be in LA for 3 nights and I am looking for 3 of the best restaurants/dining experiences. I love all types of food and cost and location are not issues. What would be your 3 choices so that we have 3 of the best meals in LA but 3 different different types of meals/experiences. Thanks.

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    LisaStitch RE: JMRB Apr 23, 2007 04:39 PM

    Mastro's in Beverly Hills for steak - hands down the best I've had (and I've eaten at Arnie Morton's and at Peter Luger in NY). Served still sizzling on a 400-degree plate. Great sides - lobster mashed potatoes, sauteed spinach, french fries. Great service. If you sit upstairs it's pretty loud and lively, and some, maybe most, nights they have a piano player. Downstairs seating is much more subdued and quieter.

    1. Bob Brooks RE: JMRB Apr 23, 2007 04:48 PM

      Spago (get the tasting menu)
      Providence (also get the tasting menu).

      There are many posts about all of these places so just do a search.

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        dansk RE: JMRB Apr 23, 2007 06:52 PM

        opus for tasting, hungry cat for cocktails, and providence for adult dining.

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          tatertotsrock RE: dansk Apr 23, 2007 07:07 PM

          Great suggestions, but what about Grace? I'm a sucker for great service, the Roof Garden Cocktail, the wine list, and of course, all the amazing dishes. Maybe they should start at Hungry cat for a cocktail and food hop after that..or end the weekend with a Hungry Cat brunch...those f-ing bloody marys-yum!

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          mc michael RE: JMRB Apr 23, 2007 07:00 PM

          It appears you are coming from NYC. The recs you've been given are all excellent, but I think they can all be replicated or exceeded in your town. If you want the familiar, there you go. If you want different, I think you should consider Chinese, Korean, Mexican, possibly Middle Eastern. What's your pleasure?

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            hungrygirl106 RE: JMRB Apr 23, 2007 07:08 PM

            For dinner: Hatfield's, AOC, and Shan in Artesia (for Indian)

            For lunch: Sasabune for sushi, Tacos Baja Ensenada for fish tacos (or a full-on taco tour: http://infinitefress.blogspot.com/200...), and Soot Bull Jeep for Korean BBQ.



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              hpsquared RE: JMRB Apr 23, 2007 07:14 PM

              My votes/suggestions are:

              Pizzeria Mozza and/or Angeli Cafe

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                hpsquared RE: JMRB Apr 23, 2007 07:14 PM

                Then again, I did forget AOC, didn't I? :) And...well, I mean, Spago.

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                  nimo RE: JMRB Apr 23, 2007 07:17 PM

                  Urasawa is by far the best dining experience in LA, although prohibitedly expensive for most.

                  I'd also suggest Providence's tasting menu, and then one classic Mexican - maybe Babita, La Serenata, Guelaguetza, or Tacos Baja Ensenada.

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                    Pablo RE: nimo Apr 24, 2007 09:07 AM

                    I will second Urasawa.. best meal ever!

                  2. mcmal RE: JMRB Apr 23, 2007 07:19 PM

                    I agree with the poster who says go for Chinese et al. The high end American/European places are frankly not better than what you get in New York.

                    The diversity and awesomeness of many of the Chinese places is only matched by Taiwan and China.

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                      cfylong RE: mcmal Apr 24, 2007 10:27 AM

                      Chinese dimsum at Mission 261, Elite, Triumphal Palace, The Kitchen. Dumplings at DTF.

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                      brandygirl RE: JMRB Apr 23, 2007 07:39 PM

                      A few nights ago I had the tasting menu at Melisse, and I would put that in my list, along with Spago.

                      1. ipsedixit RE: JMRB Apr 23, 2007 09:43 PM

                        Babita for Mexican

                        Urasawa for Japanese

                        Sea Harbour for HK/Chinese

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