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L20 or Blackbird for birthday dinner?

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As I was not able to get a reservation at Tru this coming monday, I've narrowed my options down to L20 and Blackbird. I'm completely struck with indecision, and was hoping some advice/comments from chowhounders would help me out. I've been to Blackbird for lunch, but I've heard it can get really crowded at dinner. L20 seems like a more upscale, special occasion place.

Thanks for your help.

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  1. If you are celebrating, choose L2O. Since this is Plan B to Tru, i assume you are already thinking of spending the kind of money at these places. L2O is a very serene space, and the food is both very imaginative, and minimalist zen. Blackbird is great for a more fun and lively night. As you have been there, you know how small the space is, and at night, there is a frenetic, loud energy.

    1. Definitely L2O, it is superior to Blackbird on food, service, ambiance. And for what its worth from my recent experiences with Tru, I would go to L2O over Tru anyway.

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      1. re: cotedor

        I've made reservations at L20. Thanks to both of you for the comments.

        1. re: withaph

          I recently wrote long (picture laden) reviews - just search. L2O, by quite a distance, and that is impressive because Blackbird was excellent.