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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!!

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    1. re: A5 KOBE

      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

    2. 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. re: ipsedixit

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

        2. 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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          1. re: A5 KOBE

            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

              "Katsuya is marginal sushi in my opinion."

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

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

              1. re: ellaystingray

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

              2. 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