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Jul 26, 2010 05:35 PM

Where to take hubby on his b-day?

We've been out of town these past few months and don't know what's new and good. We're east-siders but will go anywhere. Looking for upscale but not outrageously pricey (dinner for two $100-150, not big drinkers). We're open food-wise. Thanks!

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  1. Nearby in Downtown are several good, new options for upscale. A few of them are Drago Centro (alta cucina Italian), First & Hope (Southern-influenced Supper Club), Rivera (John Sedlar's pan-Latin), and WP24 (Puck's pan-Asian in the new Ritz-Carlton).

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

    Rivera Restaurant
    1050 S. Flower Street, #102, Los Angeles, CA 90015

    900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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    1. re: New Trial

      Thanks! I was just doing a search on Rivera as we speak!!! My husband loves Babita, what room do you suggest? I'm confused!

      1. re: Silverlaker

        I have only eaten there solo so I have only been seated at the communal table and at the nearby counter. Those can be fun if you like to socialize with strangers and much less so if you do not. If you and your husband would prefer a quieter, more romantic experience, there is a separate room at the South end of the restaurant that would be best. If your husband loves Babita, he should enjoy Rivera--I like the food better at Babita but Sedlar produces (mostly) delicious and interesting dishes with a lot of visual flair (the simplest example may be the tortillas flor de calabeza). Design-wise, Babita does not hold a candle to Rivera.

    2. I think Rivera will be suit you just fine. Some of my recs would be Animal (casual, but the best food in the city at this time), Lucques, Bazaar (you have to experience it once, but get a couple drinks...they are great), Drago Centro, Laxy Ox Canteen (more casual again), Patina (more expensive, but just got a 4 star LA Time review), Osteria Mozza (pasta and apps only).

      You can see pics on this blog. I find pics give you a good idea of what to expect. All the places mentioned are on this blog and I believe he just went to Lucques this past weekend. Let me know if you have other questions...


      8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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

      Osteria Mozza
      6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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      1. re: albatruffles

        Thanks for the recs! We've gone to all except Drago and the Laxy Ox. I think we're going to try Rivera -- a bit confused about the diff rooms but we're going on a Sunday night and I don't anticipate it will be too busy for us to change if we want.

        Drago Restaurant
        2628 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403