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Hip. Inexpensive. Quiet.

djquinnc Jan 14, 2014 09:48 AM

A friend is looking to have a b-day party for six. The criteria listed in the title of the post are his. He would prefer DTLA, but not beholden to it. The ideas I have thrown at him have been thwarted. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  1. fgrade Jan 20, 2014 03:02 PM

    Hyperion Public. They have a restaurant and to the back, up the stairs, the bar, where food is served as well. Parking is a commodity in that area but they have off-street parking. Staff is friendly and they even remember your name, which is rare at hip spots

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      Dirtywextraolives Jan 19, 2014 04:07 PM

      Can you give us a price range, as 'inexpensive' means different things to different people......

      1. Searching4Dunny Jan 19, 2014 01:32 PM

        How about RivaBella?

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          Thor123 Jan 19, 2014 01:36 PM

          Other than its not inexpensive and the food sucks..

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          yogachik Jan 19, 2014 01:25 PM

          Peking Kitchen. Alma. Macherroni Republic

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          1. re: yogachik
            archer Jan 19, 2014 01:31 PM

            Alma would likely be too $$ ($65 prix fixe)
            In addition to above recommendations, I'd suggest The Park in Echo Park. Low-key, but hip neighborhood feel, not noisy, very reasonable, interesting food. $10 corkage if want to bring own wine.
            Also, Cliff's Edge in Silverlake, but that's more $$ (check out menu to see if price range works). Great patio

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            Bradbury Jan 15, 2014 07:00 AM

            How about Red Hill in Echo Park? Downtown-adjacent (with easier parking), hip without being attitudinal, and very tasty - they have this cauliflower appetizer that actually got me to like cauliflower, so that's saying something. Very well-thought-out wine and tap lists too.

            Small room can be chatty-ambient but they don't blast music so I've never had a problem with hearing conversation there. Not dirt cheap but not ridiculous either.

            1. Mr Taster Jan 14, 2014 12:47 PM

              The formula is Hipsters = expensive + loud.

              Even if you redefined one criteria to be "hip by Chinese standards", you could meet 2 of your 3 criteria by reining in the cost. But, I don't know of any Chinese restaurants which are quiet- hip or not.


              Mr Taster

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              1. re: Mr Taster
                Ciao Bob Jan 14, 2014 02:19 PM

                C'mon - many Chinese restaurants are very quiet. I am thinking smaller, noodle/dumpling, tea houses etc. Most Sichuan's are pretty quiet too. Beijing Restaurant is quiet. Only the large Canto-Taiwanese, dim summaries, big Shanghai (SNN1 or Shanghailander) get cacophonous.

                1. re: Ciao Bob
                  Thor123 Jan 14, 2014 02:58 PM

                  Bao Dim Sum House might work.

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                    Mr Taster Jan 14, 2014 03:24 PM

                    That's actually not a bad idea, especially if they go during happy hour.

                    Mr Taster

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                      Thor123 Jan 14, 2014 03:36 PM

                      Thanks. Every now and then.....

                  2. re: Ciao Bob
                    Mr Taster Jan 14, 2014 03:24 PM

                    You're right, Bob. That was too broad a statement.

                    What I had in my mind was that the trendy + inexpensive Chinese places are going to be full of kids with the Asiapop blaring and lots of loud chatter. JTYH has good food and is quiet, but is not trendy. Elite is cheap with good food, but not quiet (and not particularly hip). 85c is kind of hip with good food and cheap but definitely not quiet. You might hit up one of the quieter Ten Rens when kids are studying there, but they're not exactly known for their food.

                    Mr Taster

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                      Ciao Bob Jan 14, 2014 03:42 PM

                      god I love JTYH...

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                        JeMange Jan 14, 2014 03:50 PM

                        Was planning to head there tonight but just realized they're closed on Tuesdays, damn!

                        Can I hold off until tomorrow?

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                    kainzero Jan 14, 2014 10:42 AM

                    Animal at late hours (like 10-11PM) could fit the bill.

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                      Ciao Bob Jan 14, 2014 11:05 AM

                      animal is not quiet, I suspect even when it is CLOSED it is loud.

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                        ipsedixit Jan 14, 2014 11:15 AM

                        It's also not "inexpensive".

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                          Ciao Bob Jan 14, 2014 11:22 AM

                          Good point, sounds like an anti-trifecta - it's hip qualities probably ran out a few years ago. And I don't need Mr. Taster to me that "hipsters" do not go to places written about in National mags http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/20...

                          1. re: Ciao Bob
                            kainzero Jan 14, 2014 12:36 PM

                            I thought it was cheap because I went with some friends and we ordered family style. And it was quiet because there was no one else there.

                            Maybe I just didn't eat enough, lol.

                            Apparently I am not hip, have money management problems, and am hard of hearing. Thanks guys. =)

                        2. re: Ciao Bob
                          CLowe Jan 19, 2014 12:19 PM


                      2. TonyC Jan 14, 2014 10:32 AM

                        Factory Kitchen or Maccheroni. Factory Kitchen costs a bit more.

                        But he does know the 3 criteria are mutuallly exclusive.

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                          set0312 Jan 14, 2014 11:06 AM

                          I really enjoyed Maccheroni but am not too sure it qualifies as hip.

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                            TonyC Jan 14, 2014 11:50 AM

                            I can see that. But it's in a grudgey part of DTLA, and there's the Biddy Mason "Park" right next to it. That's sorta hip, isn't it? Certainly as hip as Wood Spoon?

                        2. ipsedixit Jan 14, 2014 10:03 AM


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                            jessejames Jan 14, 2014 09:55 AM

                            the prince in ktown?

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                              chrishei Jan 14, 2014 09:55 AM

                              Factory Kitchen? Heard it wasn't very loud, and seems relatively inexpensive.

                              1. Servorg Jan 14, 2014 09:53 AM

                                "Hip. Inexpensive. Quiet."

                                Aren't those 3 criteria mutually exclusive?

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                                1. re: Servorg
                                  djquinnc Jan 14, 2014 10:00 AM

                                  Exactly. It's a tall order. I'm flummoxed.

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                                    Servorg Jan 14, 2014 10:05 AM

                                    What about Baco Mercat? http://bacomercat.com/home.html How close would it come to the criteria? Or was that one of your thwarted ideas? Maybe you should list the discards so folks don't waste time suggesting them?

                                  2. re: Servorg
                                    barryc Jan 14, 2014 01:12 PM

                                    it;s like good, cheap & fast where you get only 2 of the 3.

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                                      Tripeler Jan 14, 2014 05:30 PM

                                      I work as a free-lance translator. When a client asks me to do a job 1) quickly, 2) with high quality and 3) very low-priced, I just tell him to "pick any two".

                                  3. aching Jan 14, 2014 09:52 AM

                                    Hip and quiet are almost mutually exclusive these days, doesn't it seem like?

                                    How about Wood Spoon?

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                                      ns1 Jan 14, 2014 10:11 AM

                                      Any hip restaurant right when they open is probably quiet. The hipsters need to preparty on PBR before they can get out there.

                                      As such...Black Hogg?

                                      1. re: aching
                                        ilysla Jan 14, 2014 10:19 AM

                                        I would normally say that "hip" and "quiet" are indeed mutually exclusive, but I think the Wood Spoon is a great choice. It is VERY echo-y in there, but not particularly "loud," per se.

                                        1. re: ilysla
                                          set0312 Jan 14, 2014 11:05 AM

                                          I third Wood Spoon. Probably my favorite low key restaurant in downtown. Give it a shot--it stays quiet enough unless their is a huge party.

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