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torta basilica May 13, 2008 05:02 PM

It's my husband's birthday, but we really hate sitting down to full meals at a table. Strongly prefer sitting at the bar & having a couple of appetizers and splitting an entree. Staying at the Hyatt, anything within 5 miles or so fine. Also, please suggest where there is a liklihood of getting 2 seats at the bar around 8pm Friday night.

Looking for something along the lines of Cut or similar. In Orange County, we enjoy this at Bayside, Bungalow, Gulfstream; in Oahu, Alan Wong's, 3660, etc. to give you an idea of what he likes.

BTW, this plan often works great - couldn't get a resv at a couple of restaurants in Aspen we wanted to dine at, but had no problem and little to no wait getting seats at their bars, where it's often much more fun anyway! (Fingers crossed this doesn't get flak from those who feel bars are for drinking only...)

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    torta basilica May 17, 2008 03:26 PM

    Well, flog me repeatedly for questioning Chowhounder's suggestions...

    Strolled across the street to Craft at about 8:15, found 2 seats at the bar, which cleared out pretty quickly anyway as people were seated. The outside patio was open and it was lovely too. Only complaint are the wine prices - obvious 300% mark-ups, but oh well... DH loves Frank Family Chard, so at $75 it was ours. Had the soft shell crab with green garlic, which was awesome!! Hard to tell how many crabs as they were cut up, but that was a very generous dish. Then the Heirloom tomatoes stuffed with burrata and other goodies. These, too, were delicious, but I think would have been much better cold, as a caprese than au gratin. Split the NY strip steak - not super tender, but the taste was wonderful, the juices to die for and I got the big hunk of marrow all to myself. :)

    Definitely want to get back & try the mixed mushrooms and foie gras with rhubarb with someone who will share those with me.

    Meal ended with a complimentary lovely little passion fruit pate' and something else and we were gifted with muffins to take home for breakfast.

    Our bartender, Vanessa, was absolutely charming and we had a blast chatting away with her most of the evening once the bar slowed down.

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      RicRios May 17, 2008 07:15 PM

      Ain't that amazing, a hifalutin place that's actually good?

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        torta basilica May 17, 2008 10:01 PM

        Amazingly exciting... especially after my last meal at Spago.

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      gph2os May 15, 2008 09:30 AM

      If you like Cut, try Wolfgang's Steakhouse (proprietor is former head waiter at legendary Peter Luger steakhouse in NY) on Canon in Beverly Hills. Steak is amazing. Have a couple of salads, split a porterhouse, and finish with real NY cheesecake with schlag (real semi-whipped cream, great).

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        torta basilica May 15, 2008 09:59 AM

        Mit Schlag - you just sold me :)

      2. Fresser May 14, 2008 11:09 PM

        Carmine's II. If you go early on a weeknight you should have no problem getting a seat at the bar.

        1. Servorg May 14, 2008 08:02 AM

          I take it you have been to the bar at Cut, (Sidebar) from your comment above? If not that would be a great option. I don't know if the brand new Beverly Hills steakhouse, Wolfgang's would be an option or not, but it would probably be worth checking into.

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            torta basilica May 15, 2008 10:00 AM

            I was thinking about that, but the Sidebar menu seemed rather limited. Can you order from the regular menu there?

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              Servorg May 15, 2008 10:29 AM

              As long as you sit directly at the bar, rather than at one of the tables in the bar area, the rule has always been that you have access to the entire Cut menu.

          2. SauceSupreme May 14, 2008 12:56 AM

            Craft offers the full menu at the bar, which I've done there a couple of times (though I prefer the full pampering of the tables).

            1. Phurstluv May 13, 2008 08:19 PM

              Try Fraiche in Culver City - great bar, but a little small, but I believe the full menu is available.

              I assume you mean the Hyatt in Century City and that hotel has a good restaurant you might try one night, Breeze.

              Also try Beverly hills, right next to you, Crustacean has a nice bar, as does all of the Beverly Hills hotels in the area, the hilton , the regency and the hotel bel air. All are very nice.

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                lakeshow318 May 13, 2008 09:43 PM

                agree with fraiche. but the whole menu is not available. they have a special bar menu...but i think the bar menu is better. steak, cheese fondue, moules frites, etc.

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                torta basilica May 13, 2008 08:16 PM

                Craft is getting so many mixed reviews and the food may be just a little out there for him. Looking for some good app's & a great piece of fish or steak, so if I'm off base on it not being right, please tell me... On the other hand, Gulfstream is the same old, but thanks for the info. Will go check out Mako's menu...

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                  Debbie W May 13, 2008 09:49 PM

                  With all due respect, I think you're off base on rejecting Craft. You can put together a meal ranging from quite simple to much more challenging. I'd highly recommend it. Their bar would be perfect for what you're looking for. Plus, it's walking distance from your hotel.

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                  RicRios May 13, 2008 07:01 PM

                  Craft!

                  1. hrhboo May 13, 2008 06:02 PM

                    Mako is about 5 minutes away and excellent.

                    1. Bob Brooks May 13, 2008 05:59 PM

                      Just for the record, you do know that there is a Gulfstream in Century City.

                      1. mollyomormon May 13, 2008 05:20 PM

                        How about Craft?

                        1. perk May 13, 2008 05:18 PM

                          I think Craft has a bar.....that might work.

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