Last hurrah -- where to go?
I'm having a baby in three weeks, and I was thinking I might like to go out for a nice dinner with my husband (grandmother will be happy to babysit big sister, but from experience leisurely meals and babies do not mix for at least a few years). Where should we go? Ideal restaurant would be:
Destination, but not crazy expensive. (from experience, babies are also crazy expensive)
Not impossible to get a reservation with a week or two notice (I was thinking Osteria Mozza, but I don't really want to eat dinner at 5 pm)
Not really predicated on a great wine or cocktail list or raw fish or shellfish (I'm not the most conservative eater when pregnant, but I do have some limits)
Any suggestions? We live on the east side, but we're willing to drive.
Have you seen all the recent hubbub surrounding Red Medicine in Beverly Hills? If not take a gander at some of it here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/840545 We are going in a couple of weeks. We have loved everyone of our dinners at Animal http://animalrestaurant.com/ on Fairfax in the WeHo adjacent area.
Congrats. I had a baby four months ago and had several =Last Hurrah" dinners. Here are the highlights for me: Farm Shop, Lucques, Son of a Gun, Red Medicine, Picca, MB Post, Bazaar. Each is very different from the next, all delicious.
I love Gjelina, which is definitely not crazy expensive, but it may be difficult to get in.
I'd consider Chinois on Main, with bold flavors and everything served to share -- I'll bet you can get in and it is not crazy expensive if you go with the smaller dishes and split one large plate -- definitely either the sliced filet with szechwan sauce or the deep-fried catfish with ponzu.
Thanks! Red Medicine looks perfect. (I have been wanting to try Animal but it sounds pretty heavy) and I was able to get a table for next weekend.