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I'm taking a client out for dinner, please help! As a reference, I love Momofuku Ssam bar in NYC and the Publican in Chicago. Merci !

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  1. If you liked Ssam Bar and the tasty small plates dining in a more casual and lively atmosphere, I would recommend AOC. I just went back myself and rediscovered how much I enjoy it.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/622586
    http://www.aocwinebar.com/

    Urasawa, Providence, etc are more high end and formal.

    1. how is the atmosphere at Animal? I understand the food is fantastic, but have been told the decor is minimalist.

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      1. re: lotta_cox

        While it's true that the physical space is not going to wow anyone the atmosphere is actually very nice because of one major factor: the service. And the lighting is low enough (without making you wish you had brought your mini maglite) to give it some atmospheric charm as well.

      2. location might matter -- are you downtown? Hollywood? Westisde?

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        1. re: JPomer

          west Hollywood would be ideal, thanks

          1. re: mtlfoodie

            Ortolan
            A.O.C.
            Luques
            Bazaar

            1. re: mtlfoodie

              Animal
              Lucques
              Comme-ca
              Bazaar

              1. re: JPomer

                thank you I have been to Lucques last August and I really liked it

                1. re: JPomer

                  Much as I Love Animal (can't emphasize that enough), the OP's looking to take a client to dinner. With the acoustics in that place, it would be hard to carry on any sort of business conversation.

                  1. re: FranklinJefferson

                    I agree, I love the food at Animal, but it really has no ambience other than being horribly loud.

                2. re: mtlfoodie

                  Grace or AOC.

              2. Skip Lucques.
                Ortolan is too romantic for a client dinner.

                Can't rec to your references, but look up these trendy & delicious spots in that 'hood:

                Bar Marmont 8171 Sunset Blvd
                Or the Chateau Marmont at 8221 Sunset
                Chaya Brasserie 8741 Alden Dr, BH
                Comme Ca 8479 Melrose
                The Foundry (live Jazz) 7465 Melrose
                Grace 7360 Beverly Blvd

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                1. re: Phurstluv

                  Although Ortolan can definitely be romantic, I have taken business acquaintances (co-workers and clients) who have an interest in great food there for dinner several times and they have all loved it. However, as it is a small kitchen, service can be leisurely so not ideal if the client is time-sensitive. I find Animal, AOC, and Comme Ca too crowded and noisy for clients (though I love the first two for casual dining with friends) but The Foundry, Grace, Lucques (where OP has already been) and Providence are all good suggestions for the West Hollywood area. While I like Bazaar, it is a tough reservation at the moment and it would depend on the client's tastes whether it would work.