The bf and I are celebrating 5 years soon and I would love to find a good place for dinner. He is a die-hard Westsider, so the best suggestions would be in the 310 area code (though West Hollywood would be ok). We're going to Josie for New Year's and we've been to Zax several times, but something similar would be welcome. I considered, then discarded, Angelini Osteria--I've never been, want to go, but all accounts say that it is very noisy and we'd like to converse, not shout, on this evening.
He also isn't deeply invested in the ultra-schmancy restaurant, though I could go up or down the scale.