- tablefor1 Jun 11, 2009 02:13 PM
spending the weekend downtown... what's a chowhound's favorite fabulous place for dinner, bar for drinks/lounge/dancing/view, and hotel?
was recently at the standard, would like to try something new.
love edison, haven't tried varnish. any recs?
for dinner, cuidad, church & state, and drago were my initial thoughts. any others?
thanks in advance!
I endorse all of your dinner choices, but ciudad gets mixed reviews here. I think it really depends on what you order. I haven't been yet, but the new Chaya Downtown (I think it's adjacent to Drago Centro) sounds promising, too. Something to consider.
For dinner, I would add Cafe Pinot and Cicada to your list. Cafe Pinot at night is really charming, esp. if you sit oustide, and it's much quieter (in terms of noise and traffic) because you don't have to deal with the lunch crowd.
Also, what about that new steakhouse at the lobby of the Bonaventure?
Church & State is fabulous! Go if you love french bistro food.
Blue Velvet is supposed to be pretty cool for a poolside, rooftop bar.
I am also partial to the Omni Biltmore, and they too have renovated their lobby & put in a hip steakhouse (I believe)!
750 S. Garland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Church & State
1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles
506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
I would pass on Ciudad. Other than a few dishes, I find it pretty forgettable. (I also find Cafe Pinot incredibly overrated.) Roy's is always very dependable for good food and drinks. Water Grill is a standout for seafood.
here's my rundown:
stay at Hilton Checkers, small rooms, but stunning old world style & high quality
dinner at Rivera, hands down my favorite new restaurant. I love Church & State but Rivera is special, less casual.
drinks at association & varnish, one each (to start), they're right next door to one another.
not sure about dancing, married for 8 years to a non-dancer. you could do the lounge bar at Noe at the Omni to listen to some piano music.
view? love the view atop the Standard if you can stand the line. the rooftop at J Lounge is nice outside...and they probably have dancing there but I have never stayed that late.