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Holiday Party for 14

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Lucky number 14!

Once again, I'm trying to set up an office holiday party (dinner for 14, open budget) and am frustrated trying to come up with a place that makes all 7 of our small office happy.

The boss wants "fun, festive, wild." Sounds like trouble! He suggested Asia de Cuba.

The rest of the office wants a comfortable, non threatening environment - meaning no scorn from supermodel waitstaff and hosts.

I want good food.

So, from what I hear about Asia de Cuba, I guess it's out of the running!

I thought it might be good if we were in a location that has a bar or place to dance either within or nearby the establishment, just in case anyone is inclined to continue the party after dinner.

Here are some ideas that we've been tossing about, to give you an idea of the genre I'm working with (Lucky me, and very lucky us - the only things out of our price range are probably L'Orangerie & Ginza Sushi-Ko!!! We are very blessed with a generous boss.):

Hotel Bel Air
Buffalo Club
Josie
Morton's
Lucques
James Beach
Les Deux

I would love to hear if anyone has any ideas/comments/suggestions! Thanks for your help in alleviating my pre-holiday stress.

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    michael (mea culpa)

    Sounds like you are looking Westside. Suggest eating at La Cachette, then going across Santa Monica Blvd to Lunaria for drinks and music. Or, if you are willing to go downtown, Cicada--if it's the right night--might serve as a onestop.

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      Carolyn Tillie

      The one in downtown you are thinking of is Ciudad, I think - opened by Susan Feniger & MarySue Milliken of Border Grill fame. It is one 5th (can't recall the cross street but it literally sits on the 110 - Hope St?).

      1. re: Carolyn Tillie

        Actually, the poster probably meant Cicada. See mea culpa's explanation of restaurant's history above.

        Don't have much to say about party location except that given the circumstances (somebody else footing the bill) I don't think Les Deux is a bad choice. While over-priced and very scenesterish, Les Deux offers good, not too inventive but definitely better than decent french food (fresh ingredients...good filet.. surprisingly good cheese plate) and one of the prettiest patios in town. Under the spooky-but-fabulous gaze of the infamous Michelle Lami, the service isn't great but it's a fun place for a party. A much better restaurant, btw, than Cafe Des Artistes -- which has been recommended on this board, and from which Les Deux is an offshoot (following a professional divorce several yrs ago).

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          michael (mea culpa)

          You are correct, sir. I was contemplating the upstairs bar/dance floor area as meeting the group's needs.

          1. re: michael (mea culpa)

            Funny you should mention Cicada, I was actually thinking about how cool it would be to rent out the penthouse suite of the Oviatt building - but we just don't have enough people to justify the cost.

            Not to mention it's probably booked months in advance!

            And yeah, we'll probably be stuck on the Westside since I'm the only person who lives east of La Cienega.

            I was just thinking of a wonderful meal I had at Canlis the last time I went to Seattle. I wish it was here - it would be the perfect place! Amazing food and mind blowing service, super classy but still cool enough (rock walls and suede booths) to satisfy my boss' hipness requirement.

            La Cachette would be perfect! But every time I bring it up, the boss shoots me down. Guess it's not "wild" enough...

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              michael (mea culpa)

              Sounds like wild and hip are going to win out over a good meal. Another possibility would be Diaghilev in the Bel Age (there's usually some music around there). If he really wants wild and hip, Bar Marmont on Sunset. Can't say much about the food though.

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            Carolyn Tillie

            I think you are right -- I am unfamiliar with Cicada but drive past Ciudad every day and had that "C" thing stuck in my head...