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Picca or Bazaar? looking for small plates place for anniversary dinner

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3rd anniversary coming up.
first one, we went to Providence. 2nd one we went to Hatfields.
For 3rd, im deciding between Picca and Bazaar. Thinking we do small plates style this time around.

I like Picca since the plates around around $7-10 each and we could easily do like 10-12 small plates + a couple drinks each for $150.

But Bazaar intriugues me due to the high praises it rec'd. Only thing that worries me is the hype and scene factor there..although some people have said it has changed for the better.

Any suggestions?
price: $100-200 total
Food: any type. we are open to all styles. just looking to try small plates.

Thanks!

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Picca
9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

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  1. I've been to Picca a few times now, and while I enjoy the food and drink, it can be loud in there. The two of you could probably secure a corner spot or by one of the windows to take you out of the middle of the room, but the acoustics might be magnified there. Never been to Bazaar - sorry.

    Someone's got to be working on restaurant acoustics. Seems as a rule, restaurants don't consider or care about this issue...

    1. Bazaar is certainly more scene-y than Picca, but they're both quite good at what they do.

      I think Bazaar is more of a special occasion restaurant than Picca, but you'd be hard-pressed to get out of there in your desired price range without still being hungry - the total really starts to add up when you include cocktails or any of the cart selections. I had a birthday meal there a few years back and it stands as one of the most expensive meals for two still (over $350 after tax and tip I think).

      Since you've already tried Picca, other good small plates spots are Lazy Ox Canteen, AOC, Matushisa, maybe an izakaya if you don't mind a more casual setting (Aburiya Toranoko, Furaibo, Musha, Torihei).

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

      Musha
      424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

      Torihei
      1757 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501

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

      Picca
      9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

      1. Mako on Beveryly has wonderful small plates, mostly Asian and great service. At least that has been my experience. Haven't been in a while and I hope they are still as good as I remember.

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        1. Based on the previous anniversaries, I think SAAM at Bazaar would be more fitting. Unfortunately, that will be out of your price range (way out of the price range if you got some drinks/wine). It's throwing me off a bit that your first 2 anniversaries took place in more romantic settings. Both Picca and Bazaar don't really fit that bill.

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          Picca
          9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

          1. Personally, I think Bazaar is crap. Everything about it: crap. Style over substance to the hilt. Except I kind of like the fake olives.

            1. I agree with the other comments for the most part and Bazaar will set you back beyond your price range. I think a lot of the food is very good, but you have to be "wow-ed" by the unexpected. If dry ice in a drink doesn't impress you...it's a lot of money to spend.

              Have been to picca twice now and while I like it a lot, it does not feel particularly memorable or certainly special. Good food, good drinks, just not "special occasion" worthy by my judgement.

              For my money, and desire of small plates...I'm a loyal devotee of Vinny & Jonny. I never end up ordering the larger plates at either Animal or Son of a Gun, and I think their best dishes are the small bites. Animal is a bit more intimate than SOG...but SOG has a full bar if that is part of your deciding criteria.

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              Animal
              435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

              Son of a Gun
              8370 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

              1. In the same general area as Bazaar, you might try Mezze, on La Cienega, in the former Sona space. Very very good mezze/mezze/pps. with a very knowledgable food and wine staff.

                Owner there every night. Special setting - on the patio farthest from the front door. Entire restaurant in your perspective, yet you are basically by yourselves.
                www.mezzeLA.com