A little help.....
Need some recommendations for this Tuesday night for a great meal. Entertaining a New Yorker who enjoys good food, wine and ambiance. Prefer the westside, but we have gone as far as the Little Door in previous years, Nothing too pretentious. Thanks in advance.
Okay, I think to entertain a New Yorker based on food alone will be hard, so I'd say what you need is great food/wine, and then great ambiance that you can get only in california. Yes, I'm talking outdoor seating (which Little Door has).
I recommend The Bel Air hotel as a first choice.
Napa Valley Grille and Gardens are good, but I really don't think they are anything special. Il Pastaio has really good lobster linguini and they do have outdoor seating, but they tend to be crowded/loud (so: unpretentious, but maybe not really good for business talk and the like)
701 Stone Canyon Road, Los Angeles, CA 90077