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I'm organizing a small birthday dinner for 5-6 people and I'm looking for a hot, NEW place (like something opened in the last 12 months) that's got something amazing going for it. We're not big drinkers so alcohol is not a major factor. Looking in the central Los Angeles area but willing to travel to the Westside, San Fernando etc. (say within 25 miles of downtown) for a really spectactular place. Shooting for under $75/person not including alcohol. Thanks foodies!

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  1. What does amazing going for it mean to you?
    If the A-factor is food, Hatfield's might just be hot enough for ya.
    If the A-factor is scene, Delphi in the Hollywood W is way up the sizzle-o-meter.
    If the A-factor is location, you can't beat Gjelina or Tasting Kitchen on Abbot Kinney.

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    Gjelina
    1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

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    1. re: Ciao Bob

      Good question! Amazing referring to the food, something different and creative. The scene is not important, location is nice but secondary. For example, Animal on Fairfax was a winner for us a couple of years ago. Great food, location is nothing special (though the restaurant itself is a nice Spartan style).

      1. re: vreiner

        Animal is indeed Amazing.
        Have you been to Gjelina, that hits my A-spot bigtime, when food is the key factor?
        Lazy Ox Canteen might work.
        How far out would you get as far as cuisine? Koreatown options abound that have amazing things going for them foodwise.
        Lou on Vine, as well.

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        Lou on Vine
        724 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

        Gjelina
        1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

        Lazy Ox Canteen
        241 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

        1. re: Ciao Bob

          Thankfully cuisine is flexible, as long as they can accommodate someone on a more-restrictive diet. One person in our group is avoiding gluten and a couple of other things (and even then it's by choice, not an allergy or something). Otherwise wide-open! This dinner is for my fiancee and our first date was Ethiopian (She was testing my culinary open-mindedness, I passed). I'll check those suggestions!

          1. re: Ciao Bob

            I second both Gjelina and Animal.
            http://gjelina.com/
            http://www.animalrestaurant.com/

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            Animal
            435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

            Gjelina
            1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

            1. re: wienermobile

              Third.

              1. re: wienermobile

                Didn't op say he/she already went to Animal?

                1. re: Phurstluv

                  Yep, been to Animal - and really like it.

        2. One more, idea especially as I ruminate on your higher-end criterea, is House Cafe on Beverly.

          1. Bistro LQ might be worth considering: http://www.bistrolq.com/Dinner

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            Bistro LQ
            8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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            1. re: mollyomormon

              Second Bistro LQ

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              Bistro LQ
              8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

            2. Bazaar, Drago Centro, Rivera, LudoBites if it is currently popped up.

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              Drago Centro
              525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

              1. If you haven't done Bazaar yet... I say that's the place.

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                1. re: Jennalynn

                  You and mc michael mentioned Bazaar, but I find 4 of them when I search Chow. Can you point me to which one it is please?

                  1. re: vreiner

                    http://www.thebazaar.com/

                    1. re: vreiner

                      It is Jose Andreas' place at the SLS Hotel.

                      Quite amazing. Quite fun for a great birthday dinner.

                  2. Have you tried Cliff's Edge in Silver Lake yet? Or XIV?

                    There's been mixed talk of Top Chef spin offs, such as Gorbals, and Stefan on Montana.

                    I don't think Rick Bayless' place is up yet. Bouchon has Keller, but not much else going for it. How about Roy of Kogi fame doesn't he have a new place? Probably not fancy enough for your crowd. I would also check into the Tar Pit, Mark Peel's place.

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                    Cliff's Edge
                    3626 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

                    XIV
                    8117 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

                    The Tar Pit
                    609 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                    1. re: Phurstluv

                      I've been to Cliff's, it's good but nothing wow.

                    2. Not sure about the pricing if you're going ala carte (tasting menu starts at $95 pp for 6 courses and goes up from there), but there is the brand new WP 24 http://www.wolfgangpuck.com/restauran... by Wolfie Puck on the 24th floor of the new Ritz-Carlton downtown at LA Live. From the way the menu reads it comes off as Chinois meets Skyscraper. Supposedly killer views. Too new to have much of a review here (I saw one short one) but you might check on Yelp and see how it's measuring up.

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                      1. re: Servorg

                        Re Puck Live: Consider the Jean de Belley rule: Restaurant quality is inversely proportional to its height above ground. Limiting case: Airline food.

                        1. re: Lee by the Sea

                          Then again - consistency (in assuming truth in old school rules) may well be the hobgoblin of small minds: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7074...

                        2. re: Servorg

                          Here's J.L.'s review after going last night.

                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7074...

                          1. re: Phurstluv

                            Right. I'd linked it above in my reply to Lee.

                            1. re: Servorg

                              I know, I know, I realized it after it had posted. Couldn't tell what you were referring to in your cryptic line..........!