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Nook or Beechwood ?

adevejian Jun 26, 2007 09:52 PM

Celebrating a friend's birthday tomorrow night around Venice.

Also, any recommendations for specific entrees?

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  1. ipsedixit RE: adevejian Jun 26, 2007 10:13 PM


    Get the hanger steak, calamari, smashed potatoes, short ribs.

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      Ernie RE: adevejian Jun 26, 2007 10:44 PM

      I like Nook a lot, solid food at reasonable prices. I like the chicken paillard, short ribs, and mac & cheese the best. Also the rib-eye with crispy onions over sauteed apples is good but has been a little inconsistent on the most recent visit.

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        adevejian RE: Ernie Jun 26, 2007 11:54 PM

        Thanks for the suggestions.

        How's the ambiance at Nook?

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          Pei RE: adevejian Jun 27, 2007 12:24 AM

          The space is very nice because it's relatively new. Minimalist, sleek, you know the drill.

          It is a noisy, slightly crowded restaurant, in case that is a consideration. But Beechwood is much louder if you go on a weekend ! Beechwood is noisy because of the pounding music and club atmosphere. Nook is noisy just from the bustle of normal restaurant noise.

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            yogachik RE: Pei Jun 27, 2007 09:42 AM

            Beechwood definitely does not have pounding music. It's ambient music - Zero 7 and the like.

            For a birthday, Beechwood is more fun (especially on the patio).

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              hrhboo RE: yogachik Jun 27, 2007 09:59 AM

              I agree, no pounding music and isn't particularly clubby either. More of a busy bar/lounge scene.

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                Pei RE: hrhboo Jun 27, 2007 12:38 PM

                Wow, I must be imagining things. I went on an extremely crowded night and all I can remember is loving the food but having to scream at my friends.

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        priscilla2 RE: adevejian Jun 27, 2007 09:33 AM

        Nook for food Beechwood for drinks.

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          LisaStitch RE: adevejian Jun 27, 2007 09:55 AM

          Beechwood is more celebratory, and I've been there on a Wednesday night around 7-8pm and it was not very crowded at all or loud at that point. From my experience, it just gets crazy on weekends.

          Nook is great, and I love the short ribs so much, but it isn't really a particularly fun/celebratory kind of place. Great place, just not really a special occasion or a party atmosphere.

          If it's just you and your friend, Nook would probably be fine. If it's a larger group, I'd go with Beechwood - and get the lamb meatballs and the french fries or sweet potato fries with dipping sauces.

          1. hrhboo RE: adevejian Jun 27, 2007 09:58 AM

            Beechwood is way more fun than Nook, and has more atmosphere.

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              adevejian RE: hrhboo Jun 27, 2007 10:44 AM

              I would personally opt for food over ambiance, but seeing as though we are a group of ten for a birthday dinner... the ambiance could make or break the evening.

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                mollyomormon RE: adevejian Jun 27, 2007 10:50 AM

                The food at Beechwood is definitely good so it's not like you'd be sacrificing anything by opting for that over Nook. Basically another vote for Beechwood because I think it's much more of a celebratory place and I think it will be easier for them to accomodate 10.

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                  a_and_w RE: mollyomormon Jun 27, 2007 11:19 AM

                  I haven't been to Beechwood, but agree that Nook may have trouble accommodating a group that size.

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                    Ernie RE: a_and_w Jun 27, 2007 12:25 PM

                    Yes, good point. 10 people might be too big for Nook, unless they would be willing to reserve the communal table or put several of the 2-tops together.

            2. adevejian RE: adevejian Jun 27, 2007 11:12 AM

              Well, Beechwood is all booked up, should have made the reservation (and this thread) sooner.

              Any other rec's?

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                a_and_w RE: adevejian Jun 27, 2007 11:21 AM

                How about Violet? Upscale comfort food like Nook but with a focus on small plates. Tried them for the first time recently and was impressed.

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                  LisaStitch RE: adevejian Jun 27, 2007 11:27 AM

                  Chaya Venice. I think it gets loud every night (I've only been for lunch and once on a Friday night), but it's definitely fun and the food is great.

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                    adevejian RE: LisaStitch Jun 27, 2007 11:45 AM

                    I don't know if Violet would be best for a rowdy group of ten.

                    Chaya sounds like a good fit. Thanks.

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                    hrhboo RE: adevejian Jun 27, 2007 12:10 PM

                    You don't need a reservation for the lounge/bar/patio at Beechwood, just try to get there on the earlier side. It's more fun than the dining room anyway. I had a birthday (20+ people) there last year and it was great.

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                      purediva RE: hrhboo Jun 27, 2007 12:16 PM

                      Nook has way better food than Beechwood. If you want celebratory, you shouldn't sit in the back room where the dining tables are at Beechwood cuz it's pretty isolated there.

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                        adevejian RE: hrhboo Jun 27, 2007 12:27 PM

                        I'm thinking of dinner at Chaya, then heading to Beechwood for drinks.

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                          yogachik RE: adevejian Jun 27, 2007 05:15 PM

                          You wouldn't want the dining room at Beechwood, anyway, it's the patio and lounge that's so much fun, and they don't take reservations for those areas.. Just go and get the patio table that sits 10 - get there at about 7ish and you'll be fine.

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