My husband is dining with an old friend, a New York author, on Monday. (I'm out of town that night or I'd join them.) I'd like to steer them to a place with excellent food, good wine by the glass (NY author friend a recovering alcoholic so my husband would order wine by the glass) and a civilized atmosphere where you can hear yourself talk.
I'd pick Musso & Frank's, a fave of ours, but that was where we took this guy LAST time. I love Angelini Osteria but it's noisy. Ditto AOC. Also note Monday night timing.
We're in the Cahuenga Pass so would prefer Hollywood, mid-Wilshire, WeHo or Studio City. Any ideas? Thanks so much in advance.