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Jun 11, 2009 02:13 PM

downtown affair

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!

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  1. 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.

    1. 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?

      1. 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)!

        Blue Velvet
        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

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        1. re: Phurstluv

          is the biltmore where they have the black dahlia? i've heard of this black martini drink that is supposed to be an old time signature of theirs?

        2. Dinner comments.

          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.

          1. Takami, at the 811 Wilshire bldg.

            The food is less than stellar, but the views are decent, and the Elevate lounge can be quite happening for hanging out.


            Maybe you can also try Chaya Downtown. I haven't yet been, though. Please report back!

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            1. re: J.L.

              I agree with all of this except that the views at Takami are more than decent.

              Chaya Downtown was great when I went for lunch.