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Hi all. Opportunity to try one of the great downtown place at last. Will be around the USC area. Have a car, will be with friends from work, money not really an issue, just great food and a nice atmosphere (somewhere between stuffy and scene-y :). Open as far as cuisine except one friend is allergic to fish so if it's a seafood place, it should have other great stuff too. Appreciate any help. Thanks

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  1. Fleming's Steakhouse (at L.A. Live)
    Raku Plus (in Little Tokyo, on 2nd St.)
    Blue Velvet (on Garland)
    Church and State (in the Arts District)

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    1. re: J.L.

      Second Church & State and Blue Velvet. Would add Rivera and Drago Centro, both new. Had delicious apps at Rivera recently and a wonderful full meal at the new Italian Drago location.

    2. Drago Centro or Chaya which opened on 3/16/09. Both are great.

      1. I'll second, third, whatever, the recs for both Church & State (my personal fave) and Drago Centro. I haven't been to the new Chaya yet, but if it's anything like the other ones, it's a good bet, too.

        1. Drago Centro is on the ground floor of the building I work in, at 5th and Flower. I have not tried it yet, but it looks beautiful and sure gets some good reviews. I mention it because you would not need to drive your car from the USC area: take the "F" Dash, which will drop you right in front of the restaurant. Fare is 25 cents each way, which beats paying for parking.

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          1. re: ozhead

            The DASH stops running around 6 or 6:30, so unless this is a very early dinner, it's unlikely the shuttle would be available for the ride back.

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