My husband and I are coming to LA from SF to see his best friends on his birthday. We're just coming for one night and I want to pick a great restaurant. Although I would like to try Providence, I'm not sure it's in the budget for some of his friends. I would like somewhere with a cool ambiance (less romantic and more lively). We are big foodies and loved Hatfields and Lucques on our last visit and would like something with that quality food and ambiance (we liked the bustle of Osteriz Mozza but were underwhelmed foodwise). These are the places I am thinking about and would love some feedback:
I've seen a lot of reviews for AOC and it seems like a solid choice. Is Bazaar too out there for those in the group who are not big time foodies? Is Tower Bar overrated and too sedate?