We will be visiting LA from San Francisco. Looking for a good place to have dinner New Years Eve, ideally walking distance from our hotel (near Wilshire and Grand). We want to go relatively early (around 7 PM) and avoid the hats and noisemakers and overpriced special menus. I already called Cafe Pinot and Cicada, but they didn't work out. We like most things, but prefer "fusion" type cuisine, French- Asian, "California," Pacific Rim, or unusual and creative restaurants. From Zagat, I was considering Checkers Downtown or Water Grill. Would appreciate any comments or suggestions.