Where to take friend visiting from NYC?
One of my oldest friends is visiting this weekend from NYC. I want to go out to dinner on Friday night in Beverly Hills/West Hollywood or Santa Monica. We both like all kinds of food, don't mind spending money for a great meal (we care less about the scene) but I'm pregnant so no sushi.
What would you recommend? I don't get out much either (having kids kind of slowed down our eating out :)) so I am having a hard time deciding.
I used to live in NYC and IMO the food won't compare. In which case, go with the scene...with pretty good food. I love SLS Hotel and The Bazaar is a great way to splurge- Jose Andres isn't yet an NYC establishment (to my probably outdated knowledge) and the hotel is GORGEOUS. There is another SBE establishment at Redbury Hotel, located on Vine and Hollywood. Just ate at Cleo which was pretty delicious fare, depending on what you order. And the rooms there are just beautiful.
not exactly what you asked for, but:
here are a couple of places i'd AVOID for a New Yorker:
Italien or Pizza places. this type of restaurant is nyc's strong suit.
Blue Oysterette. same story.
why pay more for the same kind of food they can get every day better and cheaper at home
I have to tell you as a NYer who has lived in LA for nearly 20 years, Id cry or threaten to "moida" someone if i was taken to the 3rd St Promenade...I dont go there and i live here! I 2nd Cafe Del Rey...maybe Gjelina in Venice...
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA
The Lobster has amazing views of the Santa Monica pier and is best around sunset. Gjilna's on Abbot Kinney is a hidden gem. You must make a reservation a week in advance though. Blue Plate Oysterette and The Ivy on Ocean are also amazing. Good Luck!
1415 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Good Luck Bar
1514 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
I always think taking out-of-town guests to the ocean is a nice California experience. Not really up to speed, though, on the best places at the beach.
I think a couple of the hotels have good restaurants with lovely views. Maybe someone else can fill in the blanks.
If you stick to Beverly HIlls....Spago is always a nice Southern Cal experience.
And, as always, Providence for the food. I also read really good things about Playa, Jonathon Sedlar's new place. I really like Rivera, and the food is always creative and tasty!