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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.

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        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.

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        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 .

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            Lucques
            8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069