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cinzia Sep 20, 2007 09:31 AM

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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    AquaW Sep 21, 2007 09:18 PM

    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).

    ~H.C.
    http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

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      cinzia Sep 25, 2007 07:54 AM

      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.

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        AquaW Sep 25, 2007 08:31 AM

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

        www.edisondowntown.com

        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

        )

        http://www.bluevelvetrestaurant.com/

        ~H.C.
        http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

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      MamaJ Sep 20, 2007 09:58 PM

      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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        ipsedixit Sep 20, 2007 10:12 PM

        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. ipsedixit Sep 20, 2007 09:46 PM

        Takami

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          hrhboo Sep 20, 2007 09:51 PM

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

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            ipsedixit Sep 20, 2007 10:08 PM

            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.

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              hrhboo Sep 20, 2007 10:59 PM

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

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                ipsedixit Sep 21, 2007 11:23 AM

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

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                  aching Sep 21, 2007 08:57 PM

                  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.

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                cinzia Sep 25, 2007 07:51 AM

                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.

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              J.L. Sep 21, 2007 12:41 AM

              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?

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                ipsedixit Sep 21, 2007 11:22 AM

                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.

                Enjoy.

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                  aching Sep 21, 2007 08:58 PM

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

              2. schmamo Sep 20, 2007 10:27 AM

                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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                  afs Sep 20, 2007 01:06 PM

                  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 ..it'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.

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                    mollyomormon Sep 20, 2007 01:52 PM

                    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.

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                      cinzia Sep 25, 2007 07:49 AM

                      great list - thank you!!!

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                        eberhard49 Oct 1, 2007 03:53 PM

                        stay away from Royal Claytons

                    2. wutzizname Sep 20, 2007 09:51 AM

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

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

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                        cinzia Sep 20, 2007 10:03 AM

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

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                          wutzizname Sep 20, 2007 10:07 AM

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

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                            Servorg Sep 20, 2007 10:07 AM

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

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                              cinzia Sep 20, 2007 10:10 AM

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

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                                aching Sep 21, 2007 08:55 PM

                                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!

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                                  tatertotsrock Sep 21, 2007 09:10 PM

                                  Yep,
                                  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?

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