L.A. has a lot to offer. The City of Angels is always on-the-go and relatively driven by glitz and glamour. And if you want to combat the traffic, you’ll discover some of the world’s best restaurants, shopping and destinations – from studio trips to museums, from beaches to piers.
L.A. is the epitome of big, bold and stunning – and most of the pastimes in this town hover around “the scene”. So, if you have actually had your share of the beach, head inland to visit the star-studded Sunset Boulevard or Melrose Avenue – and keep your eyes out! Because the restaurants and bars own the social hustle n’ bustle, you ‘d much better allow yourself that afternoon power-nap if you wish to keep up with the cool kids. Some of these places they even get their steak knife reviews done along with the food.
Keep in mind: the stars come out at night – this is LA after all. This town appears to shimmer after sundown … you can rock it out on the Sundown Strip or club it up in Hollywood. So, if you like your bars cool, your martinis dry, and your dining establishments mouth watering, make certain you’ve got your wallet, your appetite and your energy for your night on the town Hollywood style.
Here’s our insiders assist to a few of the very best restaurants and nightlife choices. Know this: battles broke out between our editorial staff when someone foolishly suggested we limit our journeyPod Picks in L.A. to only 10 Dining establishments and 10 Bars. We had so much fun tearing it up in Tinseltown that we needed to go with 15 selections in each category. Obviously, another fight taken place when we attempted to assign numbers to all these hotspots– so cooler heads dominated and we have actually given that eliminated the rankings.
Be guaranteed of something … all 30 of these places are extremely fantabulous and need your very own A-game. Perhaps even after a night on the town, you too will comprehend why even people in the biz believe “Entourage” appears so genuine …
1. Koi: (West Hollywood) If your goal is to identify Hollywood’s A-list of celebs, book at L.A.’s hottest Asian-fusion restaurant where you visit and be seen. Though service might be hurried often, who really cares? The food is just too damn great. A welcome remedy for the chaotic Melrose scene, Koi is a sanctuary of feng-shui aspects (candles, water and open outdoor patios). Here’s a tip: request one of the horseshoe booths on the back patio. Located at 730 N. La Cienega Blvd (between Melrose Ave. and Santa Monica Blvd.).
2. Morton’s The Steakhouse: (West Hollywood) Legendary for its Oscar-night parties, star-struck celebrity watchers can frequently see their preferred actors in culinary repose at this Tinseltown power-elite restaurant. Do not, we duplicate – do not confuse this with the Arnie Morton’s of Chicago steakhouse chain. And, if you have adequate room after you’ve chow ‘d down the hearty dry-aged steak you came here for, order the banana-walnut beignets with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce or the warm melt-in-your-mouth chocolate espresso cake. Morton’s can be found at 8764 Melrose Ave. (and Robertson Blvd.).
3. The Ivy: (West Hollywood) Dealmakers and dream-makers dine at this home with white picket fence (this is where most celebs go when they really wish to get photographed by the always-lurking paparazzi). While the shabby-chic home furnishings (think antique French furniture that needs painting) might not be all that inspiring, the standard American comfort-food is. Simply make certain you taste the Caesar salad (the-most-perfect one we’ve ever eaten) before you let yourself be seduced by the decadent desserts. Look closely for the sign (it’s hidden in the ivy) as you walk approximately 113 N. Robertson Blvd. and Alden Dr.
4. Dolce Enoteca: (West Hollywood) Talk about the ultimate celeb-hot area (Ashton Kutcher – and about half the cast of “That 70’s Program” – owns it)! Hollywood heavy-hitters lounge in big cubicles and enjoy the sexy decoration of black leather and marble. Nibble on Italian-style tapas -best for sharing. Make certain you attempt the Risotto entrÃ © e with Gorgonzola, and conserve sufficient space for the sumptuously rich ricotta cheese custard for dessert. Found at 8184 Melrose Ave. and Sweetzer Ave.
5. Dan Tana’s: (West Hollywood) Who states LA does not have great Italian food? Walking into this restaurant resembles going into a time warp back to 1950’s NYC. The old Hollywood atmosphere is matched only by the food (just tasty and filled with garlic). Hollywood moguls, actors, screenwriters (and wannabes in all three aforementioned classifications) flock for Spaghetti Carbonara and Shrimp Diavolo. Considering that a reservation here is still one of the hardest to obtain in the area, be flexible on timing (psst … consuming late here is much better anyway). Located at 9071 Santa Monica Blvd. at Doheny Dr.
6. Asia de Cuba: (West Hollywood) Feel like rubbing elbows with Hollywood’s elite? Then head over to the location that has actually been doing Blend because prior to “combination” was even its own kind of food category. Asia de Cuba is Sundown Strip’s entry for Asian-Latino fusion, the menu choices range from huge (to larger) spending plan portions served family-style (try the savory calamari salad and finger-lickin’ good coconut layer cake). You can choose to sit inside or out – however bear in mind that the outdoor patio uses amazing views and is one of the best in L.A. In the evening, Asia de Cuba is transformed into a luxuriously sexy soiree. Located inside the Mondrian at 8440 Sunset Blvd.
7. Mr. Chows: Another location for elbow-rubbing in Tinseltown. In Beverly Hills, the hotspots cool down quick, but this place has held its see and be-seen for what-seems-like eternity (Mr. Chows opened in 1973). Your Chinese food is “all grown up” and elegant here – Chows offers excellent dishes that will leave you wanting more (you should purchase the green prawns marinated in a spinach dressing and the grilled filet mignon). Psst … the best nights for celeb star-sightings are Wednesdays and Thursdays. And you’ll alwaysknow the quality of celebs inside by the number of paparazzi reading their fortune cookies along the sidewalk. Mr. Chows lies at 344 N. Camden Dr. (and Wilshire Boulevard).
8. The Little Door: (La Brea/Miracle Mile) Looking for a romantic hideaway amid the pressure of L.A.? The Little Door (house-turned-restaurant) is your answer – simply make certain you can find the place. With indoor and outside seating, this little location does not advertise, nor does it allow publicity – yes, it’s that great! After you make your method past the 2 simple wood doors, you’ll find a romantic courtyard with canopy seating, a garden, twinkling candle lights, and a remarkable menu. The Little Door can be discovered at 8164 W. Third St. (Crescent Heights Blvd.).
9. Sushi Nozawa: (Studio City) Yes, it’s in a strip mall (situated at 11288 Ventura Blvd.). And, yes – the lights are brighter than the mid afternoon sun. However, take it from us, the design isn’t really what matters – the sushi is exactly what is essential. And what’s a little abuse as you order (word on the street is somebody was once tossed out for asking for California rolls!), as long as you get to eat a few of the very best sushi this side of Tokyo!
10. Angelini Osteria: (La Brea/Miracle Mile) Mom mia – now that’s amore! From the paper-thin pizza to the garlic-infused lasagna, whatever here is scrumptious – though you might not guess it in the beginning, as you waltz your method into the unassuming, often congested dining space in among L.A.’s most well known Italian restaurants. Not only will you be welcomed like family, you’ll be used a menu filled with some major choices – don’t forget to pay special attention to the desserts. You may even be privy to Justin Timberlake and his girl, Cameron, dining here (since this place tops their list). Located at 7313 Beverly Blvd. and Poinsettia Ave.
11. Sushi Roku: (West Hollywood) The gorgeous interior is as visible as individuals who flock here – numerous Hollywood deals take place over the ingenious and succulent sushi meals. The “Cali touch” appears in every meal, and the sake/beer options are limitless. Do not even think of leaving without tasting the scallop dynamite, the espresso profiteroles and the “Roppongi” (a savory mixture of vodka and sake served with a ginger stick). And, do not bother getting here without a reservation. Found at 8445 W. 3rd St. (between N. La Cienaga Blvd. and S. Croft Ave.).
12. Matsuhisa: (Beverly Hills) If you enjoy your sushi and do not mind experience – do not walk, go to this place. With groundbreaking cuisine, Matsuhisa uses more than 100 dishes. If you let us do your buying, we are opting for the extraordinary omakase tasting menu which begins with master chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature cold meals and ends with a procession of cooked dishes like Kobe beef and black cod in miso. Though the setting is modest, do not be deceived! The sushi here is as-good-as-it-gets. Matsuhisa lies at 129 N. La Cienaga Blvd. (and Wilshire Blvd.).
13. La Terza: (Beverly Hills) Sophisticated – Italian – Simpleness. Connected to the Orlando Hotel (previously the Beverly Plaza), this multi-tiered, multi-faceted restaurant is flawless, in its menu choices and style. Tuesdays are “Tavola Italiana” night, when chef Nancy Silverton cooks up a table of antipasto choices in the middle of the restaurant. No appointments are taken here – so it’s on a first-come, first-serve basis (and certainly worth appearing for!) La Terza lies at 8384 W. Third St. (at Orlando).
14. Massimo Ristorante and Bar: (Beverly Hills) Feel like a taste of Tuscany? Massimo, situated simply off Rodeo Drive in the heart of Beverly Hills (9513 S. Santa Monica Blvd.) is beautified with stars and home entertainment folk who are deep-rooted fans of Chef Massimo Ormani’s authentic fare. Try the popular all-beef Bolognese dish. FYI: Massimo has most just recently been on NBC’s show “Dish T.V.” featuring the world’s biggest Chefs.
15. A.O.C.: (La Brea/Miracle Mile) Possibly not the first tapas restaurant in the city, however definitely the most popular! If grazing is an art type to you, A.O.C. is the location to be … smooth, contemporary and chic, the gang here is pure Hollywood glam. Nearly everyone here looks and parties like a rock star regardless– and they all come for the comprehensive wine list and the Mediterranean-influenced little plates. The menu modifications daily, but be assured that each meal is appreciated by all. A.O.C. lies at 8022 W. 3rd St. (and Crescent Heights).