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nycfoodie5 Jan 21, 2012 09:36 AM

I'm going to LA with some friends in April and I'm looking for trendy restaurants where we can eat or grab a drink or both....Not sure if there's a thread for this, but I thought I'd get personal opinions before making any final decisions. Preferably a place that's young/hip, price doesn't really matter much...a place where we could potentially see celebs could be fun, but that doesn't really matter so much...Thanks!!

  1. A5 KOBE Jan 21, 2012 10:01 AM

    Car? Area? Price range?

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    1. re: A5 KOBE
      Servorg Jan 21, 2012 12:37 PM

      He/she did say price wasn't an issue and I figure if they are "young and hip" they won't be riding the bus (g). I still think Koi in WeHo qualifies. I am still trying to get out to Red Medicine but I wonder if that should be on the list? Or Red O?

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      Koi
      730 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

      Red O
      8155 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

      Red Medicine
      8400 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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      Butter Fight Jan 21, 2012 10:44 AM

      I think Animal on fairfax fits all of your criteria.
      It is small plates, with an eclectic mix of dishes and fusion-y pairings (burrata with tomatillo sauce, hamachi tostada, tandori octopus). Its definitely very meat oriented and not all dishes are for the faint of heart diner (they have veal brains, tongue and pig ear/tail). If you search it here you should find lots of talk about the various dishes.
      The crowd is young, the restaurant is really popular and both times I've been there I've seen mildly famous people.
      If you are going to go I recommend you make a reservation at least a week in advance if you are thinking about going at peak dinner times.
      Good luck!

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      Animal
      435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

      1. ipsedixit Jan 21, 2012 01:31 PM

        STK

        Eva

        Sotto

        Casa Vega

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          maudies5 Jan 21, 2012 02:07 PM

          Among the trendy restaurants my kids love are:
          Son of a Gun
          The Lazy Ox
          Osteria Mozza

        2. A5 KOBE Jan 21, 2012 10:09 PM

          Fig and Olive or Katsuya Hollywood are very trendy, food is just so so.

          I think Bazaar has everything that you are looking for.

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            BSW6490 Jan 23, 2012 11:46 AM

            I had a great meal at Fig and Olive. Have had a lot of fun at Bazaar, although I have heard that the crowd has deteriorated. Katsuya is marginal sushi in my opinion.

            1. re: BSW6490
              Servorg Jan 23, 2012 12:07 PM

              "Katsuya is marginal sushi in my opinion."

              Food quality doesn't appear to enter into the OP's stated requirements.

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            bruinike Jan 22, 2012 07:28 AM

            Mercato di Vetro
            Gjelina
            Cleo
            Fig & Olive
            Ray's & Stark Bar
            The Eveleigh

            1. ellaystingray Jan 23, 2012 04:24 PM

              BOA Hollywood

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                BSW6490 Jan 24, 2012 11:38 AM

                BOA Hollywood is a nice room and bar, but the food and service has declined significantly since the small BOA further east.

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                fbchase Jan 31, 2012 01:30 PM

                Cleo
                Bazaar
                Wood & Vine
                The Public at the Hollywood Roosevelt
                For celebrities, I've seen lots at Craft in Century City (it's the in same building as the best talent agency in L.A.)
                Ray & Starks is awesome, but it doesn't skew very young, since it is in the Museum of Art -- it actually skews kind of Dowager

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