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shiftyy Jun 16, 2010 12:33 AM

I was thinking good ambiance and good food.
Ketchup, Katsuya, BLD, vibe meets Blue Velvet, Comme Ca, Grace, etc... good eats.
Didn't like AOC, XIV, and Taste
Please recommend some restaurants and why you like them!

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AOC
8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

BLD Restaurant
7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Blue Velvet
750 S. Garland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Katsuya Hollywood
6300 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

XIV
8117 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

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    antonis Jun 17, 2010 04:23 PM

    The Lazy Ox Canteen is one that I and friends visiting from out of town enjoyed a lot. Smallish plates of what may sound like comfort food on the menu, but superbly done.
    The one dish that was lackluster was a fish collar (hamachi kama) that was not done the traditional Japanese way and I thought didn't quite improve on the classic. Totally subjective take; nothing wrong with it technically.

    Ambiance: noisy busy tavern with open kitchen.
    Service: superb, especially given the crowded room and the many small plates that had to come and go in a hurry.
    Drinks: good wine list, they were helpful and offered a taste to help us decide

    Overall, I would say you get top quality without the attitude and pricing of the "bigger" establishments. It's downtown, just south of Little Tokyo. Street parking seemed easy on a Sunday.
    More on eaterLA: http://la.eater.com/tags/lazy-ox-canteen

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

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      The Food Buster Jun 16, 2010 04:09 PM

      Carlitos Gardel for steak. I just put up a review on chowhound, but the basic gist was that it has the best steak in town (in my book), is located in a pretty hot area on Melrose (though quiet at nights), and is very intimate. I wouldn't call the restaurant really "trendy" in any way, though.

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      Carlitos Gardel
      7963 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046

      1. Phurstluv Jun 16, 2010 03:59 PM

        FYI, Grace is closing, and it's last service is this Saturday, the 19th.

        +1 on Animal

        1. Servorg Jun 16, 2010 05:20 AM

          Animal (and for why I liked it specifically you can go to the place link below and read the many, many reviews (3 of them mine) found there which cover all the specifics) although the most complete review is the one found here by Exilekiss: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6209... and which I'm in total agreement with.

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          Animal
          435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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            cls Jun 16, 2010 04:51 AM

            You should probably elaborate with why you didn't like AOC, XIV, and Taste, and what you are looking for.
            There are many on this board who would list the restaurants you didn't like as qualifying for "good ambiance and good food." I would certainly say AOC is good ambiance and food, and Kasuya, and Ketchup are not.

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            AOC
            8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

            XIV
            8117 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

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