My boyfriend and I are meeting on New Years in LA, staying downtown. We are coming from long flights from Europe and Asia, so I'm looking for an intimate place that is well-regarded and not big or too formal, preferably downtown or on the east side. (Need to avoid Italian and Cantonese.) I've been looking at the past threads and most of the places that are making the "best" lists are a bit bigger and more imposing than what I am hoping for. Mexican would really be my first choice - I am thinking about Malo, maybe, because I love the tacos but it's still a bit bigger than what i had in mind - but if somebody has a favorite candelit neighborhood hole in wall, I would love to hear about it. Many thanks.