visiting LA with a few friends, coming from NYC-- will be in the city for one night only (a thursday), staying in hollywood.
NYC native, big into food, looking for a fun, fairly casual dinner restaurant, definitely a cool kinda young "hip" place to be (but not obnoxiously so), great food but can be simple. not too pricey (but doesn't have to be dirt cheap). willing to take a little drive for an interesting scene. maybe something like "very LA" or "very california" (in a good way).
if you're familiar with NYC, some of our favorite places here are (in manhattan) cafe habana, corner bistro, veselka, balaboosta, taim, (in brooklyn) roberta's, egg, frankie's 457, fatty cue, m wells
also-- a cool lunch spot straight from the airport thursday? a dazzling spot to grab breakfast to-go on friday morning?
many thanks, california folks!