My BF has become a bit of a supah-star at his company so they've offered to buy us dinner. Yay us!
Last time we had dinner on "the Company," we went all out with extended omakase at our beloved Sushi Zo. We were contemplating an encore performance at Zo, but am realizing that there are still SO many LA foodie destinations that have been lingering on our to-do list. In our target price range ($200 or less for two), Hatfield's, Lucques, Craft or Grace (in that order) are topping the list.
I'm leaning towards Hatfield's based on everything I've read here on Chow.
I know Lucques is lauded as an LA institution, and I do want to get there, but my hesitation stems from our underwhelment of Coin's AOC. This was one of the first places we tried when we moved out here almost 3 years ago, and it was good, but I wasn't exactly blown away. (We're from Chicago and AOC isn't quite up there with Avec.)
Actually, BF's brother worked as a sous chef under Tom Colicchio at Gramercy Tavern in NY, so it would interesting to visit for that reason as well.
Would also consider any other recommended venues I haven't listed, though I should probably mention we've already been to and enjoyed Osteria Mozza. Have also been to Fraiche a number of times (I work in Culver City) and the food can be good, but overall feel it's overrated.
Appreciate any and all thoughts and suggestions!!