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Al_in_Venice May 10, 2007 09:19 PM

Please help...I heard this board gives great recommendations. My client wants to take his clients to a happening, trendy, excellent restaurant in LA. Price doesn't matter. Would you be so kind to offer your top 5 suggestions? Thanks!

  1. russkar May 10, 2007 09:21 PM


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      ml22 May 10, 2007 09:46 PM


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        maudies5 May 10, 2007 09:50 PM

        Spago and Cut

        1. ipsedixit May 10, 2007 09:52 PM

          Spago is fine, but I wouldn't really call it "happening" or "trendy".

          Some others to consider (in no particular order):
          ALL' ANGELO

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            Snoopy May 10, 2007 09:57 PM

            I'd say Cut.

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              herculesmulligan May 10, 2007 09:59 PM

              Table 8
              Blue Velvet (weekend)

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              1. re: herculesmulligan
                radman123 May 10, 2007 10:32 PM

                food is better at Spago but Cut for what you are looking

                Mozza is my personal favorite

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                  rickym13 May 11, 2007 12:07 AM

                  what about places like:


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                    msbadkittie May 11, 2007 03:42 PM

                    LOVE AOC! great cheeses/small plates/grilled meats + fish, impressive wine selection, beautiful space, always packed. more of a sophisticated crowd. clients would be impressed.

                  2. re: radman123
                    markethej May 11, 2007 06:35 PM

                    I love Mozza and it is happening, but in my humble opinion, not really right to impress a client. Some of the other recomendations are much more what you're looking for.

                  3. re: herculesmulligan
                    dkrocks May 11, 2007 09:26 AM

                    I think Table 8 has gone down...

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                    LisaStitch May 11, 2007 09:18 AM

                    Koi, Cut, Mozza

                    Dan Tana's - it's old-school but very happening and I've spotted celebs there - great food (pastas and steaks)

                    Mastro's - best steak I've ever had. Older crowd. Definitely very happening especially if you sit upstairs.

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                      dkrocks May 11, 2007 09:25 AM

                      The Lodge on La Cienega is pretty trendy also... but I second what Lisastitch says..
                      all very good calls

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                        Al_in_Venice May 11, 2007 03:21 PM

                        Thanks to everyone who replied!

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                          yogachik May 11, 2007 03:29 PM

                          Best and trendiest in town right now: Katsuya

                          Abode is hopping, lots of celebs. Rustic Canyon is also hopping. Whist at Viceroy, can't get much trendier.

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                          bodie May 12, 2007 12:11 AM

                          I would say Lodge, Social, Koi or Cut.

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                          mc michael May 11, 2007 03:30 PM

                          Maybe Hatfield's.

                          1. SauceSupreme May 11, 2007 03:32 PM

                            Happening restaurants right now, I'd probably say AOC, Mozza, Providence and Cut. Beyond that, my favorite restaurants in that stratosphere are Grace, Hatfields, Lucques and of course, Spago.

                            1. perk May 11, 2007 05:29 PM

                              Nobu in Malibu.
                              Katsuya in Brentwood.
                              And, as previously mentioned, Cut.

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                                fricaseequeen May 11, 2007 05:38 PM

                                Spago still has "it." Also consider Les Deux in Hollywood, Il Cielo, or Koi in West Hollywood.

                                1. modernist May 11, 2007 06:16 PM

                                  while not really trendy, "price doesn't matter" screams out urasawa. sometimes exclusive outweighs trendy. very very fine japanese cuisine including sushi...

                                  $250 pp w/o tax tip or drinks. did the price go up recently?

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                                  1. re: modernist
                                    russkar May 12, 2007 07:22 AM

                                    Yes it did. Urasawa is now 275-ea plus 30-per bottle corkage.

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                                      tony michaels May 12, 2007 07:46 AM

                                      Except if you are looking for a place where you are going to be having more of a relaxed social interaction with your clients, instead of concentrating on the temple of cuisine and the food artistry that Ursawa represents (and how it commands your attention to the exclusion of other, more mundane things).

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                                      wendean May 12, 2007 10:53 AM

                                      CUT and KOI- most trendy but Cut older crowd, better service and better food if they want steakhouse. SONA and HATFIELD'S personal faves (Sona more client impressive). Hatfield's -foodie dream with best desserts anywhere (chef trained by Jean-Georges). Blue Velvet very cool off beaten track for clients. All Angelo new/good but OLDER crowd. Mozza (fab and trendy) but too imited menu. AOC multi-age, always trendy, always great but they need a table downstairs. Westside newbie ABODE (from all the buzz) seems like new foodie place to be!

                                      1. hrhboo May 12, 2007 07:15 PM

                                        The Penthouse at The Huntley is ridiculously happening.

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