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Friend visiting LA for 2 days, any suggestions?

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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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    1. 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

      1. 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

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

          +1 on Animal

          1. 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