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suggestions for a birthday dinner for 19 yr old

CathieC May 24, 2007 04:25 PM

Looking for a fun hipplace to take my 19 yr old. She prefers a steak place, but I want to make sure the atmosphere is fun. Can be anywhere in Hollywood, the Westside, Beverly Hills...


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    torta basilica May 24, 2007 04:45 PM

    How about Cobras & Matadors? Definitely not a steak place, but would be fun & I seem to recall having something there that involved beef & was delicious.

    1. mollyomormon May 24, 2007 04:46 PM

      Do you have a price range? If price is not an object, then Cut. You'd have a pretty good chance of celeb siting too.

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        CathieC May 24, 2007 04:56 PM

        price isn't too much of a factor. We are not going with too many people and I want it to be special.

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          mollyomormon May 24, 2007 05:02 PM

          Another option that might be perfect for you is Dakota steakhouse in the Roosevelt.

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        Obessed May 24, 2007 04:57 PM

        Table 8 (on Melrose) is trendy & hip. They have a porterhouse steak special for 2 --- you need to order it in advance when you make the reservation. The Palm in West Hollywood has a fun atmosphere (and yummy steaks too).

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        1. re: Obessed
          marinapenn May 24, 2007 05:12 PM

          JAR on Beverly Boulevard in West Hollywood.

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          woofer May 24, 2007 05:27 PM

          social in hollywood.

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            Emme May 24, 2007 10:44 PM

            Social or Citizen Smith would be my picks.

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              SauceSupreme May 24, 2007 11:10 PM

              I think Citizen Smith is a great spot to take a young person. No, they won't be able to partake in cocktails, but it's a hip scene that's lots of fun, and quite often a celeb hangout, too.

          2. aching May 24, 2007 05:32 PM

            Geisha House has a really fun/hip atmosphere that could (and does) appeal to 19-year-olds.

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              Diana May 24, 2007 06:40 PM

              Yeah, but too much of a bar scene for the undereage. A lot of the vibe is in the drinks!

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                westsidegal May 25, 2007 09:00 AM

                my 16 year old had her birthday party at geisha house and loved it.
                everyone stuck to soft drinks and it didn't seem to be a problem.
                food quality was not at all what she was after, so i can't really speak to that issue.
                certainly the quantity was acceptable to the group.
                dunno what things will be like when she turns 19.

                1. re: Diana
                  aching May 25, 2007 10:00 AM

                  Although older than 19, I don't drink, so I can attest that it IS possible to have a fun time at GH without alcohol! And while I didn't try the whole menu, I actually thought their spicy tuna thingys were really delicious! I don't think most 19-year-olds would care too much about the food anyway - it sounds like Cathie is just looking for fun.

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                NYCnowLA May 24, 2007 06:36 PM

                Whist @ The Viceroy.

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                  Diana May 24, 2007 06:40 PM

                  Take her to Cut or Spago.

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                    Bite Me May 24, 2007 08:43 PM

                    I'm reading some of the suggestions and, this is obviously just my opinion, by places like Cut or Spago or even the Palm would not be fun for a 19 year old. They are for old farts. Sorry, but only old farts can afford these places. I would lean toward the hipper suggestions that you're received --I've heard of those hipper places but I am an old fart and too old to have been to any of them (though I would sure like to try them) so I can't vouch for the food. But, at 19, the scene is a big deal. Let us know what you choose!

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                    1. re: Bite Me
                      Diana May 25, 2007 08:37 AM

                      Actually, some of the "hipper" places are just as pricey, if not more.

                      They DIEFINITELY revolve around alcohol consumption, which isn't a good thing for a 19 year old.

                      19 is tough. You want to go to the cool places, but the coolest requires legal drinking age, or that is part of the fun.

                      I'm not an old fart, and I found Spago very hip. there were old farts and young toots there-the food was good, too.

                      Still, if he wants more excitement, I have to admit spago is more of a sit down eat dinner palce.

                      But Giesha House is too much abut the booze, the food is mediocre and tiny in portion for a huge price.

                      I thought Cut becase of the OP's steak indication, and because it has hype..but it is a steak place. Steak places are not really a 19 year olds idea of hip and happening-no matter who dines there.

                      I think the best option wold be to send her to a show in say, the Viper Room or someplace, and do dinner elsewhere.

                      1. re: Diana
                        Bite Me May 26, 2007 09:01 AM

                        I am feeling vey square now, because I've never heard of Giesha House or Citizen Smith!!! (Now, I want to go!). And, you're right, some of the hipper places are very pricey....I also like Asia de Cuba on Sunset in the garden --beautiful view. Hip crowd (I think).

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                      cata May 25, 2007 09:01 AM

                      Luna Park would be a fun place for a birthday dinner. It's pretty hip and although there is a bar, I don't think it's too much of a bar scene. http://www.lunaparkla.com/

                      Or if you're going to be on Sunset, Boa is a hipper steak place. http://www.boasteak.com/balboa/

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                        CathieC May 25, 2007 07:56 PM

                        I love all these replies! Thank you. It was actually my (19 yr old) daughter that is requesting a steak dinner. We are going with 7-9 people. I made a reservation at Jar, BOA and the Palm (an old family favorite). But I am still open to suggestions. I'm going to look up Citizen Smith too - I like th sound of it. :)

                        Thanks again!

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                          Bria Silbert May 26, 2007 09:41 PM

                          We took our son (22) to Chaya Venice for his birthday and he loved the food and the atmosphere. None of us had steak but the waiter said that is one of their best dishes. Very hip, very happening, and not outrageously expensive in my opinion.

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