Girlfriends are going out for Saturday night festivities in mid-February. Blue Velvet was recommended. I used to live in LA so we're going out to celebrate me being in town. Thus, most of my girlfriends live in LA and want to see what's recommended out in LA (primarily The Valley, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Hollywood and downtown (if need be) areas.
We're mostly in our mid to late 30's and we desire great food and unpretentious service, fun atmosphere for after dinner (most of the women are single) and we're not into (too) superficial crowds. Looking to spend (from $ to $$$$$) $$$-$$$$.
Open to most cuisines, but not into mideastern or mediterranean.
Any thoughts? Other recommendations??