Holiday dinner for Hollywood production company--boss rejected initial suggestions, please help!
Here's the situation:
My boyfriend is in charge of planning his company's holiday dinner, but his initial suggestions of Il Fornaio and Houston's were shot down by his boss. PLEASE help him find better restaurant suggestions for Round 2 (I'm posting on his behalf because I'm in the process of converting him into a CH...)
They're a small production company based in Hollywood and we're looking at dinner for 30-35 people. His boss didn't say how much they were willing to spend, but my boyfriend was estimating $30-$50 a person (although I suspect they could be willing to spend more).
I'm guessing the initial suggestions were shot down because they probably want some place with a certain swank factor. They are all guys mostly in their 30s, after all, and they celebrated the end of their last shoot at Geisha House. So I think they're looking for someplace very "LA" like that, but that can still accommodate such a large group, has good food, but also enough selection to meet everyone's tastes.
Location wise, I'm thinking Hollywood area and westward.
Cobras and Matadors and the outdoor patio at Malo are the right size and price range, and they're both hip. The problem you're going to have is finding a place with a vacant evening between now and Christmas on such short notice. Good luck!
4326 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Cobras & Matadors
4655 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
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I'm not going to stick my neck out for the place - in fact I'm not particularly crazy about it, although I should qualify that I'm a fifty-something who doesn't drink and who knows what malo means in Spanish, so it really doesn't have much to offer.
But I think it fits the OP's needs to a T:
Might also try Bar Marmont. They've got that patio room out front which might be the right size?
While I wouldn't consider it "trendy," these guys might really enjoy kicking back, having a "Moroccan Feast," and watching the belly dancers at Dar Maghreb. It's on Sunset Blvd., a few blocks east of Fairfax. I think that, if you can guarantee a minimum of 35 people, you can arrange for a private or semi-private room and also be eligible for a discount on the meal. It's a fun and unique place. Good luck.