Thank you for all your suggestions. We ended up choosing Nook over Violet and went there last night and really enjoyed it. I have to say that a lot of places we have tried here is LA have been over hyped but Nook was great. The food was fabulous: Caesar salad, short ribs, chicken paillard and chocolate pot de creme.
I do have two minor issues:
1. I felt that some of the food (shortribs and the smashed potatoes that came with the chicken) could have used a touch more salt. I am all for restaurants not putting salt and pepper on the table but I have to say that last night I was almost tempted to ask for some salt.
2. The chocolate pot de creme although delicious had more of a mousse consistency to it that it should have.
We'll definitely be going back.