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Going to LA staying downtown

We are New Yorkers and we hit all the NY and Brooklyn hot spots. We are visiting LA and staying downtown at the Biltmore which is where the wedding party is staying, can you give me a great place for dinner close to the downtown area. A place where the food is great anything will do, price is not an issue. Just give me a unique to LA place no chains, it can be classic, it can be California cuisine, or new and inventive, don't care. Thanks

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    1. My oher choices would be Church and State, Drago Centro, Patina, Water Grill, and for more casual, Sushi Gen, Lazy Ox Canteen, and Umamicatessen.

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          1. re: PommeDeGuerre

            +1 for Lazy Ox, UMAMIcatessan or Patina....

            Or consider Baco Mercat or Spice Table.....

          2. I'd rank the restaurants like this (I tend to prefer fine dining/more traditional):

            Water Grill
            Drago Centro
            [gap]
            Patina
            [gap]
            Sushi Gen
            Rivera
            Lazy Ox

            Water Grill (seafood focused) is next door to the Biltmore. Drago Centro and Patina are short walking distance.

            1. Patina would be my first choice.

              Then Water Grill as a fallback.

              1. Sushi Gen will be a long wait. Baco is good if you enjoy eating cubed fat and poor service. Rivera is very good as are the other recs here.

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                  1. re: Thor123

                    Or you can get a reservation and not wait at all. :-) And I've always enjoyed Baco, but it's definitely NOT fine dining, just good eats (IMO).

                    1. re: Thor123

                      Diito on Thor123's comments on Baco. Shoddy service, food that missed the mark, and glasses of vinegar to drink. My vote for the biggest hype of the year.

                      1. re: djquinnc

                        Hmm, too bad you had bad service, etc. I have been hearing nothing but raves for the place. Guess I'll have to venture out of my little westside cave and try them very soon.....