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!
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
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!
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.