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help choosing a restaurant

ok, my parents are coming for another visit from ny, and dining out is always an issue with them...they have high standards, and have gotten very particular over the years. one of the biggest issues is the noise factor - they can't handle extremely noisy restaurants. plus, they're used to new york city quality & service.

dad & i are going to providence the first night, but mom is deathly allergic to seafood, so she won't be joining us for that one, and i'd like to do one more really nice meal that she can enjoy - obviously the menu can't be too seafood-centric.

i can't get a table at cut, and craft is pointless because they have it back east.

they've already been to spago, josie, valentino, angelini osteria...i'd like it to be high-end food, but not fussy, and preferably not too much of a schlep from their hotel in beverly hills, which pretty much disqualifies saddle peak lodge or anyplace downtown.

right now i'm thinking jar, mélisse, grace or lucques. which one would you choose?

i'm also open to other suggestions...maybe all' angelo?

or should i just go for the tried & true steak - arnie morton's or the grill on the alley? [we hate mastro's.]

they always torture me with these decisions...help!

thanks :)

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  1. Much as I love Jar, with noise as a factor, I'd have to lean towards Grace or Luques (haven't been to Mélisse) either of which I think would be perfect.

    1. Of your choices listed, I would opt for All' Angelo.

      I wouldn't do steaks, there are so many of those in NYC.

      1. Go sit at the bar at Cut and order up some bone marrow flan a steak and some veggies and enjoy.

        1. What about Korean BBQ? Not so high end, but fun and nice.

          How about trying ethiopian? MEssob or Rahel? In LA near the miracle mile/wLA on Fairfax

          You don't have to break the bank every time!

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          1. re: Diana

            I also though about recommending Chameau on Fairfax, for a lovely, quiet room, and something a little different but still fairly "high-end."

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            Chameau Restaurant
            339 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

            1. re: Diana

              trust me, it's not my choice to go so pricey all the time. i'd love to just have a relaxed, casual meal. unfortunately, when they come to visit they're "on vacation," and always want to do the special occasion dining thing.

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                Silly. Try to instead get them to enjoy thier vacation by sampling what makes where they're vacating to an interesting place.

                Cash does not always a special occasion make. Still, more ritzy Ethiopian can be had at Meals by Genet.

                Moun of Tunis is fun...Cahmeau is fancier. Azeens looks nice inside, from the website. I am chomping at the bit to go, myself.

            2. I would definitely choose Grace. Lucques and Jar are both great, but the food at Grace is better, and Jar can be loud. Haven't been to Melisse. but I've heard that it is fussy, so that might not work for you. Agree that steaks won't be impressive to New Yorkers...they can get the same or better back home.