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Drinks & Small Plates/Appetizers Sat Night in Century City?

torta basilica Aug 6, 2009 02:47 PM

At the Hyatt, don't want to make reservations. Would like a bar preferably within walking distance where it won't be a huge hassle to get 3 seats at the bar or there's available table seating in the bar area. I love Craft, but haven't been for ages & it was packed the last time I was there - admittedly, it's been awhile. I'm also a bit fearful of the final bill there. Do you think we'll have a problem around 8 on a Sat night or somewhere else you would recommend? Any kind of food - just so it's good & good/reasonable wine selection.

  1. Phurstluv Aug 6, 2009 03:46 PM

    Did you try Craftbar, where you sit in the bar & get small bites? Heard some like it better than the restaurant itself.

    Also, and haven't been so take it with a grain, Rocksugar Pan Asian has a full bar. In the mall.

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    1. re: Phurstluv
      perk Oct 8, 2009 05:55 PM

      I agree that Craftbar is your best bet, but also think Rocksugar is worth mentioning. The food there is really surprisingly good. I wouldn't make it a destination, but I'm certainly happy to go there after a movie. Did that last night with friend who live within walking distance and eat there a lot. The hostess was incredibly rude, so they asked for the manager. (they aren't the type to complain, unless there's a really good reason) They told the manager they came there a lot (they'd even been there earlier in the week) and didn't appreciate the attitude; in fact, said everyone there had always been very nice. The manager apologized and gave my friends his card and cell number for the next time they want to come "spur of the moment." The chef came out, brought an extra dish, and apologized. At least they made an effort to rectify the situation. The food was good and the cocktails were excellent!

      1. re: perk
        Phurstluv Oct 9, 2009 08:11 AM

        Good to know. Wonder if it's the same experience in the MDR location, which is actually closer to me. Will have to check them out. Thanks.

        1. re: Phurstluv
          New Trial Oct 9, 2009 11:22 PM

          I believe you are thinking of SugarFish, the sushi place from Nozawa (locations in MDR and Brentwood). Perk is referring to the Pan-Asian RockSugar in the Century City Mall.

          1. re: New Trial
            Phurstluv Oct 10, 2009 02:33 PM

            You're right and they are incredibly confusing!!! Got it!

    2. Bob Brooks Aug 6, 2009 03:47 PM

      Craftbar should be aperfect solution. They now feature a bar menu of small plates at very affordable prices. The food is excellent. Don't know how busy they would be on a Saturday night, but you can always call and ask.

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      1. re: Bob Brooks
        mstinawu Oct 8, 2009 05:02 PM

        Went to do the bar menu @ Craft recently. Loved it!


        10100 Constellation Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90067

        1. re: mstinawu
          mollyomormon Oct 8, 2009 05:17 PM

          Me too! I went last Friday and had a great meal for an excellent value. I think we each got three dishes, shared a dessert and each had a cocktail from the bar menu and it came out to $35pp pre-tip.

          1. re: mollyomormon
            Phurstluv Oct 8, 2009 05:33 PM

            Okay, that's it, I've gotta go!!!

            1. re: Phurstluv
              mollyomormon Oct 8, 2009 05:43 PM

              I know the menu rotates very frequently, but if it happens to be on there when you go, get the chicken liver mousse!

              1. re: mollyomormon
                Phurstluv Oct 8, 2009 05:48 PM

                Oh, it's the only way I eat chicken livers! YUM! Okay, I'm calling the gf's for a girl's night at the bar! Thanks! ;))

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