Friend of mine, voracious eater from NYC, is coming to LA next week...we've known each other for decades, having gone to grade school together in NYC.
Cut to the chase...where to take him in LA on a Friday night?
CUT is out...he doesn't like steakhouses, and I don't like CUT.
Haven't been to Providence, but every dish that Providence has served at various food/wine functions (meals on wheels/winemasters), I've really disliked. Also, never warmed up to the space when it was patina.
Comme Ca out...NYC has plenty of GOOD bistros.
Japanese....perhaps, Urusawa??? Don't like Matsuhisa's places especially...not a huge fan of Celebrity restaurants in general. Sushi Zo does nothing for me...if I'm going to drop two bills on food, I want some ambiance.
MOZZA's are probably out, for same reason...he's been to all of Mario's places in NYC.
Not a huge fan of Suzanne Goin (sp?) places...solid, but hardly destination worthy.
Frankly, I'm at a total loss!
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