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Staying in West Hollywood for the night and looking for a fabulous meal nearby.

Love the idea of dining at the bar, with a bit of atmosphere/energy.

Not interested in Italian, but open to any other cuisine.

Money not an issue!

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  1. Connie & Ted's has a nice dinning bar and great seafood.
    http://www.connieandteds.com
    Animal has a small bar and is a meat lovers dream.
    http://animalrestaurant.com
    Son of a Gun (seafood and more) has communal tables for solo dinners (from the same chef's as Animal).
    http://sonofagunrestaurant.com
    Welcome to LA.

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    1. re: wienermobile

      Great choices!

    2. How about a steak at the bar at Dan Tanas?

      Pork Chop at bar at Salts Cure.

      Great Peruvian at the bar at Picca.

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      1. re: Thor123

        Come on mr. Thor.

        I Really really really don't want my joint overrun.

        Thank you very much.

        1. re: kevin

          Your joint?

          It's my joint :).

          1. re: latindancer

            Tanas is your joint too ????

            Well, excuse me.

            How come it's your joint ??????? :)

            1. re: kevin

              <How come it's your joint???????:).

              Well, how come it's your joint???? :).

          2. re: kevin

            Sorry

        2. Bar at Lucques is great

          1. Bar at: Jar, Bludsoes BBQ, Dan Tanas (no need to order italian), Sun of a Gun, Matsuhisa sushi bar...

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            1. re: jessejames

              a second vote for Matsuhisa, Nobu's very first restaurant (some of the more inventive dishes are not from the sushi bar). They do have a very good tasting menu.

              1. re: wienermobile

                At Matsuhisa,, try the New Style Sashimi.

                1. re: wienermobile

                  Only in the tempura bar ????

                  I still have to try that and plow through a myriad number of toro tartares.

                2. re: jessejames

                  Son of a Gun.

                  1. re: kevin

                    I love sog but just not very comfortable there. I guess that's the new foodie thing but I like a little more elbow room. Damn the food is good tho. The hush puppies w maple butter and some amazing ham is dynamite. Same w oysters.

                  2. re: jessejames

                    Add bar at mastros. Second floor w piano man band.

                  3. Son of a Gun, no question. Besides great food, it has a long communal table you might like in addition to the bar.

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                    1. re: lesliesue

                      The communal table at SOG is apparently no more but there are regular tables now set aside for walk-ins:

                      http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish...

                    2. Salts Cure.

                      Lovely counter with clear, vivid, lucid sight lines into the tiny yet openly expansive kitchen.

                      1. Making the decision more difficult for saltysnack by adding to the list:

                        Mari Vanna
                        Petrossian
                        Night + Market
                        Ink

                        1. Plus one for:
                          Animal
                          Salts Cure
                          Son of a Gun
                          Dan Tana's (sorry Kev)

                          1. I've done that at Animal a few times.

                            1. Petrossian is fun and quite good.

                              1. Lucques

                                1. This may be done-ski already but I think our fantastic hounds are throwing you a few bones on this thread. And not tasty bones.

                                  As a native New Yorker, but 20-year Angeleno, I would steer clear of Dan Tana's unless you are really homesick. Plus it is Italian-Steakhouse and you clearly say no Italian.
                                  Connie and Teds is New England Seafood. Why would you do that? animal isn't kicking it like it used to - everything used to be great, but now it's 50/50. Jar is so-so.

                                  Others on the thread and in WeHo would seem better for a NYer visiting -
                                  Son of a Gun, Picca, Luques, , Night + Market, Matsuhisa

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                                  1. re: Ciao Bob

                                    Isn't there a Matsuhisa or just as good if not better sushi in NYC?? And, a Petrossian??

                                    Just sayin.

                                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                      Not just sushi there and no if U ask me

                                      I love the petrossians in NYC too

                                      1. re: jessejames

                                        There **must** be a Nobu there.... He's everywhere.....

                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                          There is
                                          But lots of original and awesome non sushi dishes at matsuhisa.

                                          1. re: jessejames

                                            Oh yea, totally. Like for sure. I getcha!

                                          2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                            Yes, but the Beverly Hills flagship remains the one Nobu location with the best food.

                                            N.B. Nobu technically isn't a sushi joint (they serve it cuz people expect it, and it pays the bills) - It's actually a Japanese-Peruvian fusion concept.

                                            1. re: J.L.

                                              Think Hirame Tiradito and new style sashimi.

                                              JL save me a seat at the private enclave know as the eight-seat tempura bar.

                                              Also, it's not actually a Nobu but ratther a Matsuhisa. The eponymous and only one by that name to my limited knowledge.

                                              If I'm not mistaken, the first Nobu opened in TriBeca with the bankrolling prowess of Bobby DeNiro and other Celebes.

                                              1. re: kevin

                                                Aw, man, that reminds me of the joint I went to years ago in battery park that was his, TriBeCa Grill. Snagged a signed menu from it...... Yea, it's his drawing on one side and the menu on the other. It's framed in my powder room. I'm hoping to cash it in for big bucks when he kicks....LOL!

                                              2. re: J.L.

                                                Yes, yes it is. You're absolutely correct.

                                                1. re: J.L.

                                                  IMO: Malibu location has the best food, the best everything.

                                                  1. re: VenusCafe

                                                    IMO, undeniably gorgeous location at Malibu, but the food still lags behind when compared with Matsuhisa La Cienega.

                                          3. re: Ciao Bob

                                            Kind of curious, why do you think Animal is slipping and not SoaG? (They have the same owner chefs after all).