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chalz Aug 9, 2007 10:32 AM

NJ Foodie going to be in Los Angeles form 12/29 to 1/1/08. Fine dining and some place really cool to bring our 17 & 14 year old daughters that is not a tourist trap.

Also, what would be some really cool places to be at midnight new years eve?
Thanks

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    Diana Aug 9, 2007 01:45 PM

    If they are open

    Spago
    Providence
    Josie
    Opus
    Inn Of the Seventh Ray
    Saddle Ranch
    Mozza
    Osteria Mozza
    Village Idiot
    Third Stop
    Musha
    Gonpachi
    Upstairs 2
    Cube
    West

    Are all poplar fancy palces.

    It might be more fun to have dinner and go to some other place for dessert. Hard to reccomend a lot of places, as your girld are underdrinking age.

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      hrhboo Aug 9, 2007 01:51 PM

      For the most part I agree with all your recs and heartily second most of them, but Saddle Ranch?! Please tell me you mean Saddle Peak Lodge?

      I'd add Grace, Angelini Osteria, Valentino and Melisse to your list.

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        Wolfgang Aug 9, 2007 03:37 PM

        The kids can play with the bull while mom and dad take shots of tequila.

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          Diana Aug 9, 2007 04:05 PM

          oop, yeah, sorry, brain fart...Saddle Peak us what I meant!

      2. ashleytrailrunner Aug 9, 2007 01:50 PM

        One very special restaurant you might enjoy is "Cafe des Artistes." It's in Hollywood, has a great menu, and a lot of ambiance.
        http://www.cafedesartistes.info/clien...

        One bonus that will be special to you (coming from chilly New Jersey) is that most of the restaurant is in a "backyard-like" setting outside. There are heaters if it gets really chilly (and it's covered if it's raining) but for the quintessential Los Angeles dining experience, I think it's hard to beat.

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          Diana Aug 9, 2007 04:05 PM

          Nah, Inn of the seventh Ray ha an older and way more "LA" experience outdoor dining area. It is quite lovely...

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          woofer Aug 9, 2007 03:49 PM

          i think a place the kids might like would be fogo de chao

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            Diana Aug 9, 2007 04:06 PM

            Or Picania for less expensive Brazilian BBQ. But I agree, Brazilian bbq is a fun way to go, if you can take HUUUUGGGEE aounts of really yummy meat!

            Some teenage girls love it. it's PERFECT for teenage boys, who eat like there's no tomorrow.

            1. re: Diana
              Emme Aug 9, 2007 10:26 PM

              for fine dining,
              grace can't be beat.
              recently, i had a great 11 course tasting menu at bin 8945.
              i also love going to providence.

              I think fogo would definitely be fun, but not necessarily fine dining. asia de cuba is equally as fun, but again, not fine dining.

              this might sound like an odd rec, but given the high celeb factor and the age of your girls, The Ivy (on Robertson) might be ideal; plus i can't pass up their grilled veggie salad and tarte tatin.

              the girls might also like mouns of tunis.

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                chalz Aug 10, 2007 10:04 AM

                Wow
                Thanks everybody I start my reserch to firstly see if any of these are on OpenTable..Love it!... Then choose a great spot. I hear so much about "The Ivy" full of celebrities. Is the food any good? The white picket fence is intriguing. We have a cafe des artistes in NYC, hev not been lately but have heard bad things over the last couple of months. Certainly no comparison but wondered if it is a LA outpost of the NYC restaurant, if so it's our kind of place, at least 1 night.

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                  jbeecher Aug 10, 2007 10:56 AM

                  don't think they're related but i second the recommendation, CdA has good food and a great ambience. right in the heart of hollywood as well which is revitalized from a few years ago and a fun place to be. for a sleek dining experience, esp. for the girls, i second asia -- again food is good not great but it's a very cool spot at the ultramodern mondrian. they do have an outpost in NYC though.
                  no one really goes to the ivy for food -- it's serviceable though really expensive for what it is -- but it's pleasant and a fun way to sample the celebs-inside-paparazzi-waiting-out-front breed of L.A. restaurant, if that's what you're after. do lunch if you go.

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                    Diana Aug 10, 2007 01:12 PM

                    Not sure The Ivy will be open that late. It's better "to lunch" there for celebrity watching. Also, I just find the food pretty bleh, and the prices too high for bleh food.

                    Why go to a place you have in New York?

                    If you come to LA, eat LA.

                    When I get to NY, I will be sure to try places that are totally NY.

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                      chalz Aug 13, 2007 05:19 AM

                      Yes and please ask me for recommendations when you arrive if you need them!

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              brandygirl Aug 13, 2007 10:42 AM

              This may seem a little strange, but I like eating Asian food on New Years Eve--it's become a tradition for me. With that in mind, my ultimate New Year's Eve restaurant in LA would be Crustacean in Beverly Hills.

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