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griffinmad Jan 18, 2011 08:02 AM

and they are "fabulous". need recommendations for drinks, for dinner - design and scene as important as the food. price not an object. thanks much.

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    mlgb Jan 19, 2011 01:08 PM

    I hate the idea of fabulous but I think Rivera is a good suggestion.

    If they are a bit more adventurous I would agree one of the nicer Korean restaurants (my favorites are in OC so likely geographically undesirable).

    And perhaps something Peruvian..would they be too fabulous for Mo Chica?

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      Nicole Jan 19, 2011 08:27 PM

      Mo-Chica is located in a food court in an unfabulous area. I love their food, but this place is about as unfabulous as it gets.

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      Mo-Chica
      3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

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      mc michael Jan 19, 2011 10:03 AM

      Dinner at the Tower Bar at the Sunset Tower Hotel might be just the ticket. Lots of history there and the occasional celeb.

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        cls Jan 19, 2011 07:08 AM

        Fabulous how? Fashion fabulous?
        I hate to say it, but although some fine restaurants are mentioned here, in my experience fabulous European guests are looking for more of an LA experience than fine dining or even unique to the area food.
        Chataeu Marmont, never disappoints (that is food aside.) Great place for drinks even if you don't eat there.
        Bazaar would be a good rec, but the style of food is a bit "common" nowadays. i.e. every major city seems to have it's own molecular gastronomy experimental restaurant.
        Drago Centro, and other downtown restaurants are great if your friend's already know LA and want something a bit different. I usually can't get the fashion crowd that far East.
        Mexican, Korean, Chinese? Tough sell if you want "fab."
        Sushi is also a pretty reliable choice, Nishimura, WA, and Yabu, all have atmosphere and good food with Nishimura at the top of the food list.
        Over the top for Europeans are Cut, and Mastros. They can be a lot of fun and will have a good scene.

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        Yabu Restaurant
        521 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048

        Nishimura
        8684 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

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

        Mastros Restaurant
        2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

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          maudies5 Jan 19, 2011 09:27 AM

          I can not think of a more spectacular setting than the Getty.

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            wienermobile Jan 19, 2011 01:33 PM

            A second vote for Cut. Wolfgang Puck, movie stars and meat. What more could you ask for?

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            Cut
            9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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              yinyangdi Jan 19, 2011 09:13 PM

              2nd Nishimura for fabulous-price-not-an-object sushi dinner prepared by a master itamae (served on ceramics by Mineo Mizuno) in a beautiful minimalist room across the street from PDC. Plenty of places close by for trendy mixology with beautiful, fabulous people. ;)

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              Nishimura
              8684 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

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              jenn_grey Jan 19, 2011 12:01 AM

              Providence...amazing food there, The Bazaar at the SLS...eclectic food and good scene, STK, Red O, Bottega Louie, Izaka-ya by Katsuya...good sushi, Zengo at the Santa Monica mall, Hatfield's, Pizzeria Mozza...I can keep going...these are all pretty places with good food and eye candy!

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              Bottega Louie
              700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

              Red O
              8155 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

              Zengo
              395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401

              1. raytamsgv Jan 18, 2011 10:55 PM

                Do they like Chinese or Vietnamese food?

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                  Bradbury Jan 18, 2011 12:06 PM

                  I'm inclined to suggest Rivera. (Though, in the interest of full disclosure, I've only had cocktail/appetizer there).

                  Every decade or so, Mexican food becomes trendy again in Paris. And - speaking from some experience from my years living in Europe - Parisian Mexican is dreadful, even (perhaps especially?) at the high end.

                  1. Delucacheesemonger Jan 18, 2011 09:51 AM

                    R23, Pizzeria Mozza, Providence, and Langers

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                    R23
                    923 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                    Pizzeria Mozza
                    641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                      Clyde Jan 18, 2011 09:29 AM

                      we have good friends from paris who come to town once a year. they always want to eat mexican food & korean bbq. they are in love with soot bull jeep but it sounds like you need nicer so i'd recommend Parks bbq.

                      1. ipsedixit Jan 18, 2011 08:42 AM

                        The Prince

                        Indian Restaurant

                        Musso & Frank

                        Philippe's

                        Food Trucks at either 7th+Fig (downtown LA) or at LACMA

                        Ocean Star for dim sum on the weekends

                        Parks BBQ

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                          griffinmad Jan 18, 2011 08:53 AM

                          fabulous in quotes because beautiful people and great room are in order - but food has to be good too. was thinking bazaar or downtown - havent been to rivera. are church and state or bottega louis options? chateau is fun but hate the food and the service. love saddle peak, too far out, we're making a night of it. thanks much.

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                            mc michael Jan 18, 2011 08:58 AM

                            Ix-nay on Bottega Louie. Nice room, but noisy and so-so food.

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                            Bottega Louie
                            700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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                              Nicole Jan 18, 2011 09:36 AM

                              Bazaar is where I would bring "fabulous" people.

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                                bad nono Jan 18, 2011 12:52 PM

                                I wouldn't take French people to Church & State. I'm French and I avoid it like the plague.
                                Take them to a great sushi place.
                                Sushi & Japanese food are ordinarily (with a few exceptions) dreadful in Paris.
                                I really like to take French friends drinking the best dry martinis in the world (to my French palate, at least, we're not big on cocktails back home) at Musso & Frank, or have drinks at the Dresden Room when Marty & Elaine are playing.

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                                Dresden Room Restaurant
                                1760 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                Church & State
                                1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

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                                  J.L. Jan 18, 2011 11:10 PM

                                  Parisian sushi is quite dreadful, I agree.

                                  Marty & Elayne? Absolument.

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                                    Maxmillion Jan 19, 2011 09:52 AM

                                    Yes, great sushi or even fantastic Mexican? Both would be hard to find in Paris.

                                    Katsuya Hollywood -- stylish & sceney resto -- I enjoy the Cai-sushi fare.

                                    Katsuya Studio City used to be good for celeb spotting.

                                    Drinks -- rooftop of Standard Hotel, Downtown -- used to be if you got there before 7pm you could get in without paying the $20 cover charge. Lovely place to watch the sun set and the city light up.

                                    Fancy Mexican in a stylish location -- Mas Malo sounds like it would fit the bill -- I haven't gone there myself, yet...

                                    Maybe Everleigh on Sunset -- nice views out back, Aussie fare (again, untried but I've heard it's great.)

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                                    Standard Hotel
                                    550 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                                    Katsuya Hollywood
                                    6300 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                                    Mas Malo
                                    515 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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                                mc michael Jan 18, 2011 08:25 AM

                                In the old days you could take Parisians to Disneyland and they were happy. Now that they have EuroDisney, this gets problematic. Answers might include some of these: Getty Center, WP24, R23, Bazaar, Rivera, Yamashiro, Cicada, Drago Centro, Cut, Geoffrey's, Chateau Marmont.

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                                Chateau Marmont
                                8221 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

                                Getty Center
                                1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049

                                R23
                                923 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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

                                Yamashiro
                                1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

                                WP24
                                900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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                                  Servorg Jan 18, 2011 08:34 AM

                                  Maybe even someplace that is unique to the whole LA area like Saddle Peak Lodge.

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                                  Saddle Peak Lodge
                                  419 Cold Canyon Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302

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                                    Maxine Faulk Jan 18, 2011 09:33 PM

                                    In addition to Saddle Peak, I will add my reqs from this thread

                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/760437

                                    The Inn of the Seventh Ray or you could drive up the coast to Neptune's Net for the leather/beach vibe.

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