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Sep 20, 2007 09:31 AM

New (or not so new) downtown restaurant recs?

And on a Monday night, no less! We need a great place to celebrate downtown for a larger crowd (8 or so) -has anyone been to any of the newer spots? We did Zucca last time and the food was good but we are doing Osteria Mozza for the final celebration the next night. Thanks!

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  1. Ciudad is still my downtown favorite. Open Mondays. And great for a large, celebratory group.

    445 S Figueroa St Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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    1. re: wutzizname

      I do like Ciudad, thank you. Have you been to any of the new(er) spots?

      1. re: cinzia

        Alas, I have not, so I'll defer to the Chowhoard.

        1. re: cinzia

          There have been quite a few good reports here on Roy's downtown if you don't mind a "mini" chain.

          1. re: Servorg

            ooh, really enjoyed Roy's on Maui, thanks.

            1. re: Servorg

              I've posted here several times about Roy's - I don't like chains at all in general, but every single time I've gone to Roy's the food and service have been really fantastic. I'm a convert!

              1. re: aching

                ROYS ROCKS!
                I'm so NOT a fan of chains but this place is great...first time while in Hawaii-loved it. It became a chain out here and I refused to go...then my brother made me go to the one in San Diego and it was wonderful.
                Great service. Great cocktails. Great Wine List.
                How can you find anything bad with that?

        2. Went to J Restaurant right after it opened with a large group and everyone loved it. Mixed feelings about Blue Velvet, but was there for lunch and think it might be better for its lounge scene. The waitress tried to impose her opinions of wine on my party and neither of her suggestions ended up being very good. The burger, however, was wonderful. R-23 isn't new, but it is great for sushi.

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          1. re: schmamo

            Blue Velvet NEW good food nice scene $$$
            J's lounge NEW Again nice scene foods good $$$
            Royal clayton's Newish great place overall $$
            Liberty grill Newish good American food by staples $$
            Roy's's Roy's good stuff $$$
            Pete's cafe almost not new anymore but still a fun place for good food $$
            R-32 not new but good sushi $$$
            L'angolo very new , so new they just started dinner service and although it maybe slow or kinda empty, don't let that fool you, the lunch crowd menu is really good and the price is great.

            1. re: afs

              We recently had a celebratory dinner at Blue Velvet for about 14 and they accomodated us very well. As others have pointed out, the portions are quite small, if that's a consideration. Liberty Grill seems to have completely given up on food quality so I really wouldn't go there.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Really? The view is great and it's a lovely setting but I find the food very overpriced and disappointing.

                  1. re: hrhboo

                    Well, the OP was apparently only asking for "a great place to celebrate downtown for a larger crowd (8 or so)" ... no mention of needing great food.

                    So I figured Takami might fit the bill with its cool decor and spectacular view.

                    No doubt Takami is like Yamashiro, about 5 zip codes away.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      I see, good point. The food at Takami is marginally better than Yamashiro!

                      1. re: hrhboo

                        Yeah, food is marginally better, but unfortunately the prices are not only marginally higher but much much much higher than Yamashiro ...

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          I've been to both this summer and I PROMISE, the food at Takami is much much much more than marginally better than Yamashiro. The food at Takami was quite good although not fantastic, while the food at Yamashiro came dangerously close to being inedible.

                      2. re: ipsedixit

                        Sorry, I thought the wanting/needing great food was somewhat implied on this site! I'll take a dive w/ great food over an overpriced and disappointing meal every time.

                    2. re: ipsedixit

                      Takami or Takumi? I get confused about the name - I'm going for the first time within 2 weeks (on the corporate account). What should I get?

                      1. re: J.L.

                        Corporate expense account? That's how dined at Takami. It's the only way to go.

                        I would do this. Stick with the sushi and sashimi side of the menu. The cuts of fish are not super great, but they're not that bad. They are, however, super expensive, but then, who cares, right?

                        I would avoid any of the weird sounding stuff like the Pop Art Crab or the Japanese Taco. They are fun to look at, but the only thing your eyes should be fixed upon at Takami is the view of Los Angeles.


                        1. re: J.L.

                          I liked the spicy crispy tuna very much (then again, I almost always like it, wherever I go)!

                      2. I'd also be grateful for suggestions for a downtown dinner for two. We're not rushing to make a curtain. Thanks.

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                        1. re: MamaJ

                          What type of dining experience you looking for?

                          Water Grill for seafood.

                          Roy's for Hawaiian fusion style food.

                          Wood Spoon or Colori for a casual, bistro-like experience. The former is Brazailian, the latter is Italian.

                        2. You should definitely swing by the Edison for drinks if possible (if only to gawk at the amazing space).

                          But more in line with your topic, I like Ciudad a lot for Latin-American foods, Roy's for Hawaiian, Izayoi for Japanese & Traxx for contemporary american (I think the last one is especially underrated).


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                          1. re: AquaW

                            great idea - thanks! where is the Edison located? we've booked reservations at Roy's and Ciudad, both of which I've been to and really do love the food - not a chain fan either. I posted thinking that some of the newer places I hadn't been to (or even heard of) might have a hidden gem amongst them.

                            1. re: cinzia

                              The Edison is on 2nd near Main (same building as Pitfire PIzza)


                              One of the newer places I've heard really good things about is Blue Velvet, though it's a bit out of the main downtown area (west of the 110