A friend of mine has offered to take me out to dinner here in LA as a thank you for my letting him crash with me for a week. We are both from NY and we are both foodies although I am a bit more adventurous than he. I ate at Mozza (both the pizzeria and osteria) and while both were good, I found them similar to Otto and Lupa in NY. I was blown away by Babita and had very good sushi at Sushi Gen. Again though, I've been told that for higher end sushi, NYC and LA may be close in quality. I'd like to do something uniquely LA.
I'd like to keep the budget around $75-100 for 2 people. He does not drink at all. We are more than willing to travel as far as neccessary for a fun experience. I hope this is a specific enough request. Thanks in advance for your help.
P.S. I'll post my amusing story about my 5 minute wait at the Mozzas on weekend nights with no reservation, and no, I am not some kind of VIP. : )