Hello Chow people,
I am looking for a recommendation of a place to celebrate my birthday with our closest friends-- 5 other couples. But I'm looking for a place with certain requirements-- I'm not sure what i'm looking for exists, other than the Sky Room in Long Beach.
The requirements are the place has to have good food and dancing-- and I mean REAL dancing (sorry I don't mean to offend any of you who like just wriggling around to the music), but space for at least some swing and cha-cha, if not outright ballroom. While I'm not adverse to skipping good food for an evening for the dancing-- not all our friends dance- so the food quality has to be there too.
I'd like to hear opinions from folks about what I've considered-- as well as any other recommended suitable places-- Thanks ever so much!!!
Here's what I've considered:
I know that Mandaloun in Glendale closed and re-opened. I haven't been there since it closed. Before it closed, the appetizers were great, but the main courses were very dry. I didn't mind, because the appetizers were sufficiently filling. They used to have a variety of music to dance to early in the evening, and then belly dance music and not only did "professional" belly dancers perform, but after that the crowd did belly dancing-- some much better than the performers-- and the whole evening was really fun. Does any one know that status of the dancing and the food?
A couple of years ago, we stumbled into Las Hadras in Northridge. The food was okay Mexican, nothing to write home about. The dance floor was nice and there was dj'd salsa, cha-cha, etc. I read a couple of reviews that said the food was horrible. Does anyone know the current status of the food?
888 Chinese in Rosemead has a combo and a small dance floor. Not so sure about the quality of the food. Now if Newport Seafood had a dance floor, I'd be jazzed.
Does any one know how busy the dance floor is on a Saturday night? We were there early one Friday night and there were only a few people in the room with the music.
The Granada in Alhambra, has a nice live combo, and the dance floor is wonderful, but the food is mediocre at best and it's no place to take my friends who don't dance ( some do and some don't, but they all like good food!) Is there anywhere like this place that has good food?
The Sky Room in Long Beach. The food is generally excellent. The dance floor is small, so only room for slot dancing. It's better when the swing band is there because the non dancers stay off the floor, unless they play something really slow. When the latin band is there, the non dancers clog up the floor jiggling around to the music. The problem with the Sky Room is that it's very expensive to take a large party there, so better kept for my next milestone birthday.
Thoughts, helpful suggestions???