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ISO late-night dinner to take NYC visitors

My sister and her boyfriend are going to be in town this weekend from New York, coming into LAX at 9:30 pm. They wanted to stop for food and drinks somewhere, but I am really not that familiar with the Los Angeles restaurant and bar scene (even after more than a year living here).

They're going to want to check into their hotel first and shower, so we'd be eating around 10:30 or 11 at night. I know there's Magnolia on Sunset, but the reviews here and other places seem mixed. Are there any other options for late at night in the area? Good foods, good drinks, late dining?

Price range: I'd like to keep it around Magnolia's prices or cheaper.

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  1. Where is their hotel? There's no really easy way to get from LAX at 9:30 to Hollywood at 10:30 after a check-in and shower unless you're staying at the Renaissance or Roosevelt or something.

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    1. re: SauceSupreme

      Yeah. I think you're right. That would really be pushing it now that I think about it, and they're not staying in that area. (I do live near there, so possibly?) They're staying downtown. I remember there was a thread about late-night dining downtown. Maybe I should steer them in that direction instead. I've had a lot of fun going out for drinks downtown.

      Really they want food and maybe barhopping. They have one more night here, Sunday. It's short trip, so we have to make the most of our time, either way.

      1. re: alliebear

        If they are staying in downtown LA, there's always the Pacific Dining Car.

        Or, if they are into the hipster scene, the restaurant at The Standard Hotel serves pretty decent food, late.

        Pacific Dining Car
        1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

        Standard Hotel
        550 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

    2. Thai food. In Thai Town or North Hollywood. I can't speak for Thai Town, but most of the NoHo places on Sherman Way are open until at least 3 AM... and cheap? You can't believe how cheap it is... but still excellent.

      1. Again, depends on where their hotel is... if you don't want to stray too far from LAX, there are lots of good options on Main St. in Santa Monica... Lula (Mexican, great drinks, interesting regional choices besides the usual), World Cafe (is what it sounds like), Library Alehouse, take your pick.

        In Hollywood, I'm a big fan of Falcon -- hip, fun, good food and drink.

        Library Alehouse
        2911 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

        Falcon Restaurant
        7213 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

        Lula Cocina Mexicana
        2722 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

        World Cafe
        2820 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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        1. re: nick_r

          I've been to Falcon before, but it was just for drinks. I forgot they also served food there. Thanks for reminding me of this place.

        2. In n Out, that's where all my ny peeps want to go when they arrive.

          1. I'd take them to Lucques, which serves off their bar menu until 11, I think. Kick ass steak frites, and pretty much everything else. It's the prefect California late night meal, if you ask me. Bar menu is on their website: http://www.lucques.com .

            8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

            1. 25 Degrees has great burgers and is open 24/7. In the heart of the Hollywood scene and traffic.

              Bossa Nova, at least the location in Hollywood, on Sunset Blvd, is open til 4am. Great food, really busy most of the time.

              If they'll be in the Downtown or Los Feliz areas, drink at the Dresden or 4100 Bar and then eat afterwards at Fred 62. There's also the 101 Coffee Shop on Franklin Ave off the 101 freeway, a pretty basic diner that gets lots of hispters late night, not sure fi they serve booze though.

              25 Degrees Restaurant
              7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

              101 Coffee Shop
              6145 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

              Bossa Nova Brazilian Cuisine
              7181 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

              Dresden Room Restaurant
              1760 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

              Fred 62
              1854 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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              1. re: LisaStitch

                Don't knock yourself out. East coasters usually crash when they get here at night....after all, their bodies are three hours ahead.
                Find a good breakfast place instead, because the next morning they're likely to wake up starving, around 4am.

                1. re: jackattack

                  Cool. That may be the case. I know I'd probably just want some In n Out and a comfy bed. Any breakfast or brunch suggestions? Willing to go anywhere from Pasadena to Santa Monica.

                  1. re: alliebear

                    If they're staying downtown, you gotta take' em to The Original Pantry for the classic L.A. breakfast. If you're not familiar with the place, just google it or do a Chowhound search.

              2. Ok, if Pete's is till open when they get to DTLA, try there for a bite...not my favorite food (I'd much rather go to Pacific Dining Car) but it has a decent bar that can get you ready for something a little more fun and dirty... see, Pete's in not even a block away from a great bar that we stumbled upon on Saturday night after a night of way too much good food and wine at Shiro. We were a bit "tipsy" by the time we found it, but fell in love instantly...tall cans of PBR and TECATE and a great juke box with the most random mix of people and a great photo booth..fun! It was on 4th, jujst a hint (not even a block) west of Main, on the north side of the street.
                Good luck.

                1. Open late...

                  Pacific Dining Car
                  Fred 62
                  Sanam Luang or Ruen Pair for Thai
                  25 degrees at the Roosevelt
                  The Restaurant at the Standard downtown
                  Koraku for Ramen