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West Hollywood/Hollywood first date?

zpincusroth Mar 26, 2008 11:40 AM

Hi, any ideas for an interesting West Hollywood/Hollywood first date? I was thinking Vivoli, or perhaps something more offbeat -- any ideas?

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    bruinike Mar 26, 2008 11:47 AM

    I would recommend TASCA in West Hollywood or LOU in Hollywood. If you want something a lil more lively maybe THE VILLAGE IDIOT or THE 3RD STOP?

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    1. re: bruinike
      wutzizname Mar 26, 2008 12:53 PM

      Why am I even here, with bruinike making such great recs? I second all four.

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      Diana Mar 26, 2008 12:53 PM

      Angeli Caffe is my Go To

      If you could get into Mozza, osteria or pizzaria, she might like that.

      Uzbekistan is definitely "offbeat". Uzbek cuisine in an interesting setting. Take her to mashti malone's after for Ice Cream

      Moun of Tunis is also fun, lounging on couches, eating moroccan food, belly dancers...hmm, good, but maybe too "suggestive" for a first date? I'd find it fub.

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        bruinike Mar 26, 2008 01:17 PM

        Fan of Angeli as well. I would hesitate recommending it for a first date though as the tables are a bit small and cramped.

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          Diana Mar 26, 2008 01:19 PM

          ahh, but one can say they are "intimate"!

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        carter Mar 26, 2008 01:03 PM

        AOC would be a very good choice, in that you order small bites, determine many likes and dislikes asap regarding food issues, wine tastes, and of course have many neighboring tables to compare notes with if things don't work out so well!!!

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          chestercopperpot Mar 26, 2008 01:55 PM

          AOC, while great, isn't a first date spot. You will be setting the expectations too high. It's more a third date type place where you take her to close the deal.

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            Dave and Stuff Mar 26, 2008 04:20 PM

            AOC might be more like the fourth date place, where you go to celebrate the deal having been closed!

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          Dave and Stuff Mar 26, 2008 01:07 PM

          First date you want it to be vibey, but not spend too much, right?

          Try Yatai Asian Tapas (www.yatai-bar.com)...a beautiful 30 seat restaurant on the north side of Sunset, just west of La Cienega. Lots of great sleections,a nd it won't break the bank...plus, it's got nice patio, too, if the weather is nice.

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            New Trial Mar 26, 2008 03:21 PM

            Celadon (pan-Asian small plates), Chameau (Moroccan) and Carlitos Gardel's (Argentinian) are other fun first date spots in that area. Xiomara (Nuevo Cubano) might work, too--great mojito's but kind of an odd location.

            7910 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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

            Carlitos Gardel
            7963 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046

            6101 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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              shaniquanda Mar 26, 2008 06:43 PM

              NO NO NO NO to Celadon. I was there last Saturday night, the restaurant was nearly empty and simply vomit-inducing food, many things were served cold and just looked grimy. Just had a great lunch today at Mozza.

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              zpincusroth Mar 26, 2008 05:26 PM

              Thanks everyone, these are great. I'm favoring Lou, Tasca, or Yatai but I'll ask what kind of food she likes and figure it out from there.

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              1. re: zpincusroth
                mehfactor Mar 26, 2008 06:18 PM

                Don't go to Vivoli on a first date. Food is great but there's not much atmosphere, it tends to get really crowded, and the tables are arranged somewhat oddly and close together.

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                  katydid13 Mar 26, 2008 10:16 PM

                  I love Lou, but it's a small menu. If she likes to have lots and lots of options, you're probably better off going elsewhere.

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