Enjoy a Santa Monica Dining Experience at FIG Restaurant

 

Experience Fig Restaurant

People travel from all over the world to experience Santa Monica’s sunny weather and waterfront attractions. FIG Restaurant is a beachside restaurant that encapsulates the Santa Monica lifestyle with outdoor, poolside seating and a menu of indulgent dishes. During your stay in Los Angeles, book a reservation at this inviting venue to wine and dine in style on the Westside.




Location

FIG Restaurant is located in the stunning Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in the heart of Santa Monica’s Downtown area. Just minutes from the Santa Monica Pier, and steps away from the bustling 3rd Street Promenade, FIG offers a prime location for beginning a day of exploring or starting off a night on the town. Popular neighborhood bar The Bungalow is right next door, giving FIG guests an ideal destination to mix and mingle after dinner. FIG is a favorite for those looking to enjoy a fine dining experience with a California coastal ambiance.




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Atmosphere

Walk through the lobby of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows to check in for your reservation at FIG Restaurant. Enter to find a welcoming atmosphere of rustic furnishings with modern touches. Greenery hangs from above as you dine in the inviting bright and airy dining room. An indoor-outdoor feel is created through floor-to-ceiling windows that open into an unparalleled patio space. Take in the ocean breeze with a seat on the terrace overlooking The Fairmont Miramar’s sparkling swimming pool, surrounded by the classic California backdrop of palm trees and sunny skies.




Menu

The star of FIG Restaurant is a menu of thoughtfully crafted, seasonal cuisine guests can enjoy during breakfast, brunch or dinner. Ingredients come from locally-sourced farmer’s markets and handpicked speciality foragers throughout Southern California. This means FIG dishes may change depending on ingredient availability, placing the quality of the final product as a top priority. The modern style of cooking comes from French-trained Executive Chef Jason Prendergast, who champions his relationships with local farmers to maintain access to the best harvests.

Start your morning with an enticing Smoked Salmon Benedict or Mexican-style Chilaquiles Rojo, or try out more traditional breakfast dishes like pancakes and waffles. Get in the Santa Monica brunch spirit by visiting midday to enjoy their fresh Market Oysters, signature Maine Lobster, or delicious Foraged Mushroom pizza. Dinner will be unforgettable when you feast upon their selection of appetizers like Wagyu Beef Tartare, pastas like the Cacio e Pepe or Maine Lobster Rigatoni, and entrees like the California Halibut or Mary’s Half Roasted Chicken. Top your night off with a scoop of Housemade Sorbet or Ice Cream for a sweet and satisfying dessert.




Poolside Cinema

During the summer, FIG Restaurant adds to the already impressive dining experience to include a Poolside Cinema program. Buy tickets to watch classic, family movie favorites screened around the Fairmont Miramar’s swimming pool. Your ticket is credited towards your meal at FIG and includes complimentary popcorn, with guests of the hotel receiving the extra perk of a complimentary cinema ticket. Enjoy dinner and a movie in a unique way by reserving your spot for this fun, summer experience.

 

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    How to Spend a 21st Birthday in New York City

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    Celebrate your 21st Birthday in NYC

    The City that Never Sleeps is the perfect description of a destination fit for a 21st birthday. New York City is packed with adventure with trendy hotels, inviting restaurants and unparalleled nightlife that will turn your birthday plans into the trip of a lifetime. Pack your bags and get ready to enjoy the best venues when you spend your 21st birthday in New York City at these cool, party-ready destinations.

     

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    Book Your Hotel Room

    Reserve a room for you and your friends to indulge in the high life at a luxury hotel with a dazzling view for your NYC 21st birthday. The Dream Hotel will be your playground with a stylish design and vibrant social scene to match the trendy rooms with portholes looking out onto the city. An expansive view of the Manhattan skyline will be the backdrop to your vacation when you stay at 1Hotel Brooklyn, known for its signature organic feel.

    A former clock tower, the Times Square EDITION places you right in the middle of the hustle and bustle while offering a lavish retreat into birthday pampering. The Sixty LES is filled with eye-catching design including a Warhol filmstrip pool, a lush rooftop hot spot Make Believe, and crisp room stylings that are sure to impress.




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    Birthday Experiences

    There is an endless amount of activities worth exploring in New York City, and your 21st birthday getaway will be the perfect time to explore each nook and cranny of the vivacious metropolis. See the entirety of Manhattan from a bird’s eye view with a helicopter tour over the island. NYC is known worldwide for its Broadway performances, with a variety of plays to choose from each week bringing supremely talented actors to the stage.

    You can also take in some entertainment by seeing an intimate music performance at Gramercy Theater or Irving Plaza, or joining a sea of sports fans at Barclays Center or Madison Square Garden. Take in a spirited experience at SPiN, a ping pong social club, or head to Magic Hour rooftop bar for a game of their mini golf at Foreplay.




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    Dine at the Best Restaurants

    Celebrate the kickoff to your 21st birthday in New York City with a reservation at some of the hottest havens for lively dining. The world-renowned Tao has an awe-inspiring design with an expansive layout filled with Chinese accents. Vandal’s graffiti artwork creates a vibrant backdrop to a menu of global creations, and boasts a matching nightclub for post-dinner partying.

    The same goes for LAVO, with their Italian menu offering flavorful eats before heading to the underground club. The attractive nightspot Catch is known for its crowd of socialites who dine at the seafood restaurant before hitting the town for a night out. 




    Day Partying

    New York City may not have as much sunshine as Los Angeles, but it does still come out on top for the sheer amount of quality rooftop bars to sip a drink on your 21st birthday with a view of the skyline. Mr. Purple is one of the city’s favorites at the top of Hotel Indigo with a lively social scene and a stylish atmosphere. Head to Le Bain in the Meatpacking District for an unparalleled penthouse view with quirky, artistic interiors and plenty of seating.

    If you get a room at the Dream Hotel, you’ll have the perk of being just below the luxurious PH-D Rooftop Lounge, a spot with a youthful crowd that embraces the day drinking lifestyle. Westlight is also an attractive daytime destination for Brooklyn, where you can watch the sunset while enjoying the start to your evening on the expansive rooftop.

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    Bars & Lounges

    Start your NYC 21st birthday night with your first drink at one of the city’s many bars and lounges offering sophisticated places to imbibe. Learn what an expertly-crafted cocktail tastes like at The Nomad Bar, an industry favorite with an award-winning bar program. The 360-degree view at Fleur Room makes for the perfect backdrop for a 21st birthday photoshoot at the top of the Moxy Chelsea.

    Head to the speakeasy Blind Barber to enter through a barbershop and dance with the crowd in this lively bar. Head to the exclusive bar at the Jane Hotel Ballroom to be entertained by the mix of vintage decor and a dancey crowd. Bathtub Gin is known for its speakeasy vibe and iconic bathtub in the middle of the room, while you’ll be partying in a hair salon when you visit the historic Beauty Bar.

     

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    Party at the Best Nightclubs

    Enjoying your first nightclub experience is a must, with New York City being the site of some of the world’s best nightlife destinations. Book 21st birthday bottle service at 1OAK to experience a buzzworthy night at one of the most exclusive hot spots in the city. Avenue can also be the site of a lively 21st birthday in the multi-level space with a celebrity clientele.

    Party the night away at Up&Down in a flashy domain with plenty of live performances by internationally-known artists. Take things up a notch by visiting House of Yes, a cabaret-inspired nightlife spot known for entertaining dancers and vibrant performances in Brooklyn. You’ll also have the experience of a lifetime at Marquee, a haven with sky-high ceilings, entertaining musical guests and a bold design.

     

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      Best Restaurants in LA to Order Delivery and Takeout

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      Best Takeout and Delivery

      In response to the pandemic of the COVID-19 virus and Mayor Garcetti’s ruling to shut down all in-house dining, Los Angeles restaurants have stepped up to offer delivery and takeout options to satisfy their guests’ cravings. You can now dine at home while enjoying some of LA’s finest restaurants along with neighborhood favorites. Have a five-star feast in your own kitchen when you order delivery and takeout from these delicious restaurants in LA.




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      Katsuya

      This Japanese favorite is offering an appetizing curbside pickup menu with items like Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna, Yellowtail Sashimi and Miso-Marinated Black Cod. Guests can order by phone to save 20% from any of their Hollywood, Brentwood and Downtown LA locations.




      Spago

      Order dinner from Spago’s to-go menu in Beverly Hills to enjoy Wolfgang Puck cuisine right in your own home. Choose from a curated selection of appetizers and entrees along with a limited wine list as well as “Bake at Home” desserts.




      Cassia

      Order from Cassia in Santa Monica to enjoy Asian dishes like Organic Chickpea Curry, Spicy Vietnamese Cajun Crawfish Noodles and Smoked Beef Short Ribs. Request takeout, curbside pickup or delivery to dig into their delicious fare.

      The Nice Guy

      If you’re hungry in West Hollywood, The Nice Guy is the place to go with favorites like Rigatoni Bolognese and Chicken Parm available to satisfy your craving. Pizzas are currently 30% off along with free delivery at this go-to hot spot.

      Employees Only

      This lounge in West Hollywood is getting creative with their services and offering both dining options and Cocktail Kits for guests to make their own DIY Employees Only drinks. Just mix their ingredients with the suggested spirit to enjoy a craft cocktail with an Employees Only flair.

      Gwen

      Order delivery or takeout from this in-house butcher shop and restaurant in Hollywood. Serving up delicious items from 10am-7pm, you can enjoy quality meats and flavorful vegetables right in your own home.

      Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe

      You’ll have breakfast in Santa Monica all figured out when you order from Huckleberry’s menu of coffee, pastries, muffins and more. The expanding menu of dishes is available for delivery or takeout for your convenience.

      Tocaya Organica

      Tocaya Organica has been a Los Angeles delivery favorite for years and is the perfect choice for a healthy lunch. Whether you’re in West Hollywood, Venice or Downtown LA, their bowls, burritos and salads will hit the spot, along with meal prep options to keep you full all week long.

      Delilah

      This buzzworthy lounge in West Hollywood is offering free delivery for guests to chow down on their elevated American fare. Get 30% of their popular item “The Burger” or opt for Mac n Cheese or the Cauliflower Steak to satisfy your taste buds. 

      Republique

      This Downtown LA hot spot is offering a limited delivery and takeout menu for you to order some of your favorite dishes. They’re offering items from their breakfast, lunch and dinner menus from 8am-7pm and guests can order via phone or in person.

      Crossroads Kitchen

      You can’t go wrong ordering delivery or takeout from West Hollywood’s Crossroads Kitchen. Their dishes serve a table for two, with pastas like Bolognese, Fettuccine Alfredo and Lasagna packed up as a Meal Kit for you to enjoy right in your own home.

      Sqirl

      Sqirl isn’t just for brunch anymore–you can now order from 8am-8pm from this Silver Lake favorite. Not only can you dine from their classic restaurant selections, but you can also order things like jam and marmalade from their online store.

      Tacos 1986

      Try out the buzzworthy Tacos 1986 for takeout tacos in Westwood Village. Their delicious selection of tacos started as a food truck and are gradually expanding to brick and mortar locations across Los Angeles. Try out their Tijuana-style Mexican cuisine yourself to add some flavor to your night in.

      Milo & Olive

      This Santa Monica favorite is offering up Pasta Meal Kits to keep you filled with delicious Italian cuisine. Stop by for takeout, curbside pickup and delivery of delicious dishes like Spaghetti with Organic Chicken Meatballs. Their selection of mouth-watering pizzas also make for the perfect staying-in dinner.

      Bar Restaurant

      Order from Silver Lake’s Bar Restaurant for a creative selection of dishes and produce boxes to stock your fridge. Produce, meats, spices, pastas and wines can be delivered right to your door for you to make your own Bar Restaurant-style meal.

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        15 of the Best Brunch Spots in Los Angeles

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        Best Brunch in Los Angeles

        The people of Los Angeles have a reputation for laid back work schedules and a weakness for a midday brunch outing. If you’re in town and looking for a spot to quiet your half-breakfast half-lunch craving, the range of options in LA are sure to satisfy. Some of the best brunch spots in Los Angeles are known to turn your average meal into a necessary social event.




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        A.O.C.

        One of the best brunches in Beverly Grove, A.O.C. boasts a delicious food menu along with a quality wine list filled with selections to complement your meal. The spacious, airy dining room with vines covering the walls adds a touch of Spanish inspiration to the environment.




        Rossoblu

        This Italian eatery is a great destination for brunch when you’re in Downtown LA. The breakfast plates and mouth-watering burgers supply you with everything you need to recover from the previous night’s adventures.




        Fia

        Fia has quickly become one of Santa Monica’s best options for a weekend brunch, with an alluring outdoor space perfect for taking in the California sunshine. The Italian and globally-influenced menu means there’s something for everyone at this attractive locale.

        Gjusta

        This sprawling Venice bakery and restaurant offers up a mouth-watering brunch menu of savory bites. Their fresh ingredients sourced from Southern Californian farms ensure a fresh-tasting dining experience to put a quality touch on your day out.

        Yours Truly

        Venice’s beautiful space Yours Truly lures in brunch-goers with unique dishes like Nashville Hot Shrimp and Avocado Hummus, making it a solid choice for a memorable weekend meal.

        Margot

        You’ll get a rooftop view to go with your dining experience at this Culver City spot perfect for brunching. The modern decor with wooden accents lets you nibble and sip in style at their outdoor seating, ideal for taking in the Los Angeles breeze.

        Republique

        This innovative brunch destination will put you in a food coma with their filling dishes of sandwiches, chicken and waffles, pastries and anything else you can think of that’s required for tasty afternoon eats.

        Elephante

        This Santa Monica hot spot is a go-to due to its indoor-outdoor space with an unparalleled view of the Pacific Ocean. Modern, eccentric decor pairs perfectly with signature cocktails and a menu of thoughtful dishes in this trendy space.

        Little Doms

        Head to the Eastside to get a taste of everything that’s best about brunch—the in-house deli at Little Dom’s provides all the best meats along with breakfast pizza that will fulfill your Italian brunch dreams.

        Kismet

        For a Middle Eastern twist on your brunch outing, Kismet in Los Feliz provides a delicious spot for filling up on homemade breads and satisfying egg dishes. Their Turkish-ish breakfast is a signature choice for starting off your day right.

        Sqirl

        This Silver Lake hot spot is known for putting together a tasty selection of unique dishes. The long line will be worth the wait as their signature seasonal spreads are sure to bring something sweet to your afternoon.

        Neighbor

        This hidden Abbott Kinney resraurant boasts a bright outdoor patio for you to take in the breeze as you dine. Their granola is a popular treat to get your day started after recovering from a busy weekend.

        Salts Cure

        The mouth-watering eats at Salt’s Cure come from a collection of ingredients locally sourced from California. Their in-house butchering gives dishes fresh cuts that will make your mouth water.

        Heres Looking at You

        Head to Koreatown to experience the inventive dishes at Here’s Looking at You, a menu filled with seasonal ingredients and soul food-inspired plates. Cocktails are equally innovative making it a great destination to sip and savor.

        Huckleberry

        Waiting in line at Huckleberry is just a part of the experience, but sitting down to dine on their delicious eats makes it all worth it. Their freshly baked pastries are a must-try as the fresh, local ingredients make it easy to indulge.

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          Finest Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Los Angeles

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          Outdoor Dining in LA

          Los Angeles is well known for its sunny skies and breezy afternoons that create the perfect atmosphere for being out and about. If you’re on the hunt for a destination fit for taking advantage of LA’s unparalleled weather, look no further than the many al fresco dining options scattered throughout the city. Whether you’re toasting to Sunday brunch, or enjoying a romantic night under the stars, these outdoor dining restaurants in Los Angeles each have an outdoor space perfect for an unforgettable dining experience.




          Avra

          With a thriving NYC location, Avra is expected to be a go-to for Greek cuisine in Beverly Hills. Their plentiful outdoor seating is sure to be a favorite as guests dine from their fresh seafood menu.




          Perch

          Take in unobstructed views of Downtown LA’s skyline at this rooftop favorite. Their French-inspired menu makes use of seasonal ingredients that will satisfy your senses as their fireplaces and landscaping help set the mood.




          Viviane

          Cozy up by the pool at this intimate, West Hollywood outdoor space. This eatery inside the Avalon Hotel offers up European and American cuisine with a California twist.

          Gracias Madre

          Enjoy a refreshing plant-based meal on Gracias Madre’s outdoor terrace. Umbrellas and greenery provide shade while you feast on delicious plates made with organic ingredients.

          The Rose Café

          This iconic Venice destination poses a refreshing escape into their garden-style, open-air dining. The artsy setting pairs with a menu of Southern California cuisine to complement the atmosphere.

          The Henry

          Stop by this West Hollywood eatery for a meal that’s sure to satisfy. Sit on the outdoor terrace while you enjoy an American-inspired menu and people watch in the Robertson Boulevard neighborhood.

          Salazar

          The minimalist patio seating in this artsy, Southwest-inspired taco spot makes it easy to enjoy the little things. Their mouth-watering menu will keep you satisfied as you take in the Silver Lake sun.

          The Malibu Café

          An ideal Sunday funday destination, The Malibu Café at Calamigos Ranch surrounds you with nature as you enjoy their “noveau barbeque” dining and take a relaxing walk on the lake.

          Rays and Stark Bar

          Stop by to dine at this Mid-Wilshire lounge space on the LACMA property. Their delectable pizzas and pastas are sure to keep you coming back for more than just the art.

          Sunny Spot

          Pop in to this colorful Venice eatery for a bite on the open-air patio. This lively, neighborhood hot spot will revitalize your mood as you choose from their diverse American menu.

          The Highlight Room

          With unmatched landscape views of the Hollywood Hills, The Highlight Room is the perfect escape for Californian cuisine atop the rooftop of The Dream Hotel.

          Alcove

          The garden patio setting makes for a delicious, breezy brunch at this Los Feliz favorite. Their menu of quality, American classics will have you feeling right at home.

          Idle Hour

          This North Hollywood historical building is one-of-a-kind in its architecture, and a go-to for an outdoor meal. The vintage feel will put you in the mood to chow down on the variety of classic, American dishes.

          Barbrix

          Head to this cozy Silver Lake hideaway for an intimate spot to take in a sunny LA day. The outdoor patio is great for catching up with friends with mimosas and Mediterranean-inspired plates.

          Electric Owl

          Duck into this Hollywood neighborhood spot for a nostalgic setting that serves up Californian cuisine with global flavors. The vintage, train station décor will take your palate on a journey in their outdoor space.

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            20 of the Best Event Venues in Los Angeles

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            Best Event Venues in Los Angeles

            Choosing a party venue for your event involves plenty of planning and preparation to create the ideal atmosphere for a memorable experience. Whether it’s a holiday party with friends, a wrap party with colleagues or a company-wide corporate event, Los Angeles offers a variety of beautiful hospitality spaces to set the scene for a special day. The space you select will make all the difference when you choose any of these event venues in Los Angeles to be the site of your good time.




            Warwick

            Large scale parties work great in Warwick’s lavish setting complete with a wrap-around bar and upstairs enclosed glass balcony. The upscale decor makes an impact as your guests will have free-range to mix and mingle in the attractive environment.




            La Descarga

            La Descarga is one of Los Angeles’ favorite speakeasies with an impressive hidden entrance and seductive burlesque performers dancing to the sounds of talented live salsa music. The one-of-a-kind bar has a main room with plenty of space for dancing, a cigar room for smoking and an additional private room perfect for your next lively event.




            Beauty & Essex

            Whether you’re aiming for a full buyout or a semi-private space, Beauty & Essex offers up a sleek, contemporary atmosphere sure to impress your guests. Their variety of spaces for dining, lounging and mingling means the sky’s the limit for your night of revelry.

            Avenue

            This Hollywood nightclub plays host to numerous events throughout the year due to its diversity of spaces including an indoor bar, main room and atrium garden. The seamless space with state-of-the-art equipment will make your event a night to remember.

            Cannabis Cafe

            Those who enjoy relaxing in a cannabis-fueled haze will love an event at Cannabis Cafe, the country’s first cannabis cafe. The rustic decor with an open-air, vintage feel creates a welcoming environment for any type of gathering.

            Delilah

            The vintage style of h. Wood Group’s Delilah makes for a perfectly elegant celebration in the dimly lit space where you can toast to the good life. The venue boasts burlesque shows with talented dancers that are sure to keep your guests entertained.

            Mr. C. Beverly Hills

            Timeless glamour is the main attraction at this elegant hotel perfect for tying the knot with a luxurious backdrop. The 360-degree views of Beverly Hills will put the right touch on your special day.

            Bootsy Bellows

            The recently remodeled Bootsy Bellows is a great place for a full buyout in their Palm-Springs inspired environment. The spacious floor and plush seating is perfect for large group celebrations or smaller bottle service splurges with friends during an exciting night out.

            Katsuya Hollywood

            Katsuya’s intimate dining room makes for a great place to celebrate in privacy, while also being suitable for large-scale events for as many as 400 guests. Their event team and award-winning catering takes your special event to the next level.

            Perch

            This sky-high destination is the perfect backdrop for baby showers, engagement parties and everything in between with their unmatched views of Downtown Los Angeles. The multiple floors available in the building that can accommodate up to 250 guests allow for events of any size.

            Lono

            Embrace the tiki spirit when you host your event at tropical hot spot Lono—an expansive and detailed space with a surprising size given its Hollywood Boulevard location. The sky’s the limit when you choose their quality cocktails and welcoming environment.

            The Highlight Room

            Take the elevator to the top of the Dream Hotel for an event at The Highlight Room, where their outdoor space and indoor lounge both offer up a picturesque view of Hollywood. Their swimming pool makes for a great touch on summer events and can be covered to provide a dancefloor.

            Catch

            Let your guests experience Catch’s garden-inspired atmosphere for seated dinners, cocktail events and everything in between. The trendy West Hollywood rooftop spot makes for the perfect backdrop to your celebration.

            Harriets Rooftop

            A view of West Hollywood can be seen for miles from Harriet’s Rooftop—a great place for a celebration in a chic and stylish lounge. The sophisticated indoor-outdoor setting with makes for California cool festivities at the very top of LA’s 1 Hotel.

            Goya Studios

            If creativity and attention to detail are needed, Goya Studios is the place for your event to succeed offering up all the necessary lighting, sound and visual technology you’ll need to impress your guests.

            The Bungalow Santa Monica

            Watching the sun set over the ocean is the perfect way to celebrate by booking one of The Bungalow’s many indoor and outdoor options for private spaces.

            Rosaline

            Make a reservation for delicious Peruvian-inspired cuisine at West Hollywood’s Rosaline. Their beautiful garden atrium is the perfect place for a dinner party with family or mingling with colleagues for a company event.

            Elephante

            Host an event at Elephante to treat your guests to breezy, coastal surroundings. The rooftop restaurant overlooks the Pacific Ocean making for dazzling sunset soirees and starry-sky dinner parties. Whether its a full buyout or intimate birthday gathering, you’ll enjoy the best of the Westside at this airy hotspot.

            Redbird

            This modern restaurant in Downtown LA has an eclectic variety of private dining spaces for your group to enjoy. Their outdoor garden space brings you in touch with nature while their East and West rooms are ideal for an intimate dinner party.

            Doheny Room

            Doheny Room makes for a great event destination with an upstairs escape perfect for mixing and mingling and a downstairs level to toast drinks over dinner.

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              8 of LA’s Best Women-Owned Hospitality Businesses

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              Women-Owned Hospitality Businesses

              Women’s contribution to the hospitality industry has skyrocketed through the years with numerous bars, restaurants and hotels being run by impressive female owners who bring their expertise to the business. With International Women’s Day being celebrated each year, we’re highlighting some of the best women-owned hospitality businesses bringing diversity and promoting gender equality in the city of Los Angeles.




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              Coolhaus

              Locals of the Los Angeles area will recognize the name Coolhaus as some of the best ice cream you can get in the city. Started in 2008 by Natasha Case and Freya Estreller, the creamery quickly gained popularity prompting the owners to expand to another building and several ice cream trucks.




              Vinovore

              This East Hollywood wine shop features wines made by female winemakers and caters to a female clientele. Founder Coly Den Haan is a certified Sommelier that started Vinovore in hopes to further women’s role in the wine community. She has played a large part in starting multiple wine loving women’s groups that regularly connect to learn more about the industry.




              Genever

              Genever, started by Red Capiz Partners, is one of the only bars owned by a group of women in Los Angeles. Located in Filipinotown, Genever is an intimate escape that highlights gin-related cocktails, but also serves wine and beer as well as non-alcoholic beverages. Genever prides itself on the use of local produce, syrups and shrubs made in the Los Angeles area.

              Kismet

              Kismet is an inviting Mediterranean restaurant that does more than just make food. Sarah Hymanson and Sara Kramer are dedicated to creating opportunities and positive influences within the East Hollywood community. Their wine list of small producers and ingredients sourced from local farmers helps to support other small businesses in the LA area.

              Sqirl

              Head chef Jessica Koslow is an inventive and well-rounded chef whose food has become a staple among Los Angeles’ trendy crowds. You’ll always find a line stretching out the door of Sqirl in East Hollywood as people crave their well-known breakfasts and brunches.

              Lucques

              Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, the head chefs and owners of Lucques, dish out taste and sophistication with their Mediterranean-focused cuisine. Great wine, a warm atmosphere, and wonderful food are always on the menu at this West Hollywood locale.

              Bar Franca

              Bar Franca has made waves as a refined and elegant cocktail bar located on Main Street in Downtown Los Angeles. The drinks are world-class with an atmosphere that transports you to a charming, French hideaway. Owner Rachel Thomas’ vision for a laid back but sophisticated cocktail bar that would fit right in with the historic core of Downtown came to life in this dimly lit escape.

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                The Top 15 Essential NYC Restaurants

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                Experience NYC Dining

                New York City is filled to the brim with quality places to wine and dine. With a diversity of cultures bringing unique flavors to the restaurant landscape, there are a number of options for where to indulge in a satisfying meal during your time in the city. Your cravings will be satisfied as you experience some of the best NYC restaurants.




                Olmsted

                The fun and fresh menu at Brooklyn neighborhood restaurant Olmsted will make your visit worthwhile with whimsical dishes to enjoy in their back garden for a touch of greenery.




                Alta

                The airy ambiance of Atla comes from the bright and trendy Noho environment filled with healthy Mexican dishes for a casual yet refined dining experience.




                Llama Inn

                Head to Llama Inn to take in their quirky design elements fit for the Williamsburg neighborhood as you dine from the Peruvian-inspired menu of delicious and adventurous bites.

                I Sodi

                For pasta and lasagna that will make your mouth water, I Sodi’s minimalist approach to Italian dining makes the delicious food stand out in this cozy West Village destination.

                Oxomoco

                The wood-fired oven at Oxomoco adds to the vibrant flavors of their Mexican cuisine served up in the rustic yet modern dining room or the pleasantly intimate front patio.

                The Grill

                The landmark Seagram Building has gotten an upgrade with The Grill’s menu of chophouse classics drawing in guests for a lively meal amongst the eye-catching interior.

                Lilia

                A pasta lover’s dream, Lilia is a shining star in Williamsburg for the innovative menu of Italian cuisine in a sophisticated industrial-inspired setting.

                Wildair

                Don’t be fooled by the unassuming wine bar concept—Wildair delivers a small plates dining menu that will surpass expectations from the memorable tartare to the mouth-watering desserts.

                La Vara

                Cobble Hill’s La Vara boasts a Michelin-star rating for its Spanish and Jewish influenced cuisine fit for both traditional palates and adventurous tastes.

                Flora Bar

                After visiting the Met Breuer in the Upper East Side, you’ll have to stop by Flora Bar—a restaurant that oozes cool serving up seafood small plates in an upscale, casual environment.

                Win Son

                With a selection of Taiwanese dishes with an American twist, Win Son is a lively choice for a restaurant that mixes tradition with innovation in its trendy Brooklyn locale.

                Le Coucou

                A restaurant inspired by classic elements of French dining, the warmth of Le Coucou can be felt through its stylish yet comforting décor paired with an extravagant selection of tastes.

                Aldea

                This Michelin-starred destination remains approachable and enjoyable as its Portuguese fare and modern setting impresses guests to return again and again.

                Uncle Boons

                Head to Uncle Boons for a creative menu of flavorful (and often spicy) Northern Thai cuisine with an eclectic environment inspired by vintage Thai artistry.

                The Pool

                The former Four Seasons’ iconic pool dining room has been re-imagined through The Pool—a contemporary spot for lavish seafood plates and an impressive wine list.

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                  The Best Vegan Restaurants in Los Angeles

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                  Best Vegan Restaurants in LA

                  Los Angeles’ restaurant scene is one that readily caters to the variety of its citizens’ eating plans. Vegan dining options offer up plant-based dishes that are sure to make your mouth water. Whether you’re sticking to the diet plan wholeheartedly, or just looking to cut down on meat, there are plenty of spots throughout the city serving up tasty vegan selections at the best vegan restaurants in Los Angeles.




                  Crossroads Kitchen

                  This meat-free spot in West Hollywood is one of the best vegan restaurants in Los Angeles, having offered quality Mediterranean-inspired dishes for years. Guests stay satisfied by the unassuming plant-based menu alongside a noteworthy cocktail program.




                  Taco Vega

                  This Mexican food hot spot uses locally-sourced ingredients to create casual, plant based meals in the heart of the Fairfax District. Their tacos, burritos and bowls are filled with flavor while being healthy and organic.




                  Shojin

                  Head to Shojin for a welcoming restaurant with a focus on sharing organic, natural ingredients with the community. With locations in Culver City and Downtown LA, this vegan and gluten-free restaurant embraces alternatives to create soulful, Japanese cuisine.




                  Nics On Beverly

                  Nic’s on Beverly lets guests escape the busy city to enjoy a plant-based meal in an inviting setting. The fusion of Californian dishes offers something for everyone whether you’re searching for brunch, happy hour or dinner at one of the best vegan restaurants in Los Angeles.

                  Double Zero

                  This delicious vegan outpost began in NYC but spread to Venice Beach bringing meatless dishes to the Westside. Mouth-watering pizzas and classic pastas give guests a delectable dining experience no matter their diet plan.

                  Plant Food + Wine

                  One of the best vegan restaurants in Los Angeles, the local ingredients at Venice’s Plant Food + Wine make for a satisfying meal with thoughtful steps taken to ensure eco-friendly sourcing. Just as much attention is paid to the wine, with a curated list that embraces bottles produced through biodynamic farming.

                  Pura Vita

                  Boasting the title of the first plant-based Italian restaurant and wine bar in the country, Pura Vita has much to be proud of with a menu of enticing dishes adapted from known classics. Sustainable ingredients will bring flavor to your palate at this West Hollywood go-to.

                  SunCafe Organic

                  With a menu of dishes all made from scratch, SunCafe’s worldly cuisine of plant-based, dairy-free meals will impress any diner. Ingredients like cheese, mayo and butter are all made in-house to add freshness to your plate in this Studio City eatery.

                  Burgerlords

                  While this burger join accommodates both plant-eaters and meat-eaters alike, their meatless patties are unforgettable with delicious flavors taking your tastebuds on an adventure. They also offer vegan milkshakes to give guests the full American diner experience in a dairy-free way with locations in Chinatown and Highland Park.

                  Montys Good Burger

                  The meat-free comfort food at Monty’s Good Burger uses an Impossible patty coupled with homemade sauces for an artisanal burger at one of the best vegan restaurants in LA. Head to their locations in Echo Park and Koreatown to get a taste of their appetizing, plant-based options.  

                  Sage Vegan Bistro

                  You’ll only find locally-sourced produce in the ingredients for dishes at Sage Vegan Bistro, a restaurant with farm-grown, organic eats in Echo Park, West LA and Pasadena. Taste the freshness from their healthy menu of items like Loaded Nachos, Orange Chicken and Pizza–all completely plant-based.

                  Café Gratitude

                  A Southern California favorite, their locations each serve up gourmet plant-based dishes with a mission statement of sustainability, fresh ingredients and celebrating life.

                  Real Food Daily

                  This spot for creative vegan dishes brings organic ingredients to the table for a fresh and healthy dining experience. Their multiple LA area locations aim to educate guests on the value of quality meals.

                  The Butcher’s Daughter

                  The self-proclaimed “vegetable slaughterhouse” operates as a restaurants, café and juice bar for vegan dining. The menu change daily as chefs carve up fresh veggies into healthy and satisfying plates.

                  Gracias Madre

                  One of LA’s most popular vegan restaurants, this bright and airy destination in West Hollywood serves up a quality plant-based menu. Their outdoor dining and delicious drinks are the cherry on top as you bite into the fresh fare.

                  Kitchen Mouse

                  The bustling cafe Kitchen Mouse offers thoughtful plates of vegetarian and vegan dishes made to serve a diversity of diets without the need to add dairy and meat products. The eye-catching space is the perfect place for a vegan brunch in Highland Park.

                  Doomie’s Home Cookin

                  Visit Doomie’s in Culver City to experience a casual meal made with fresh, appetizing ingredients. The vegan chicken and waffles, burgers and desserts are all dairy-free and meatless making guests do a double take when chowing down in their delicious bites.

                  Bluebird Brasserie

                  This Sherman Oaks restaurant will have you in awe of the renaissance style architecture and vegan-friendly menu. Pair their delicious bites with a beer from their on-site brewery.

                  Wild Living Foods

                  Tasty eats and cold press juices are the specialty at this restaurant and shop Downtown. Their variety of bowls, salads and flavorful juice drinks are sure to make your mouth water.

                  The Stalking Horse Brewery & Freehouse

                  With an onsite brewery and British pub-style atmosphere, this Culver City locale unites vegan dining options with classic European recipes. Take a seat in the bar or reserve a table to enjoy the selection of plant-based eats.

                  Beelmans

                  Bar food doesn’t have to be unhealthy as Beelman’s incorporates plant-based options into pub-style dining. Grab a beer and watch the big game alongside chowing down on their quality vegan eats.

                  Mohawk Bend

                  This modern, Echo Park hot spot offers up vegan pizzas and pub food for any time of day. Their seasonal menu keeps things interesting with organic and locally sourced ingredients.

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                    The Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore Opening in Long Beach

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                    Introducing The Bungalow Kitchen

                    Long Beach is gaining a chic, new restaurant with The Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore–the latest outpost of the Bungalow Hospitality brand. A departure from its Santa Monica and Huntington Beach predecessors, this unique brand concept of a lounge-worthy eatery is the result of a partnership between Bungalow’s Brent Bolthouse and award-winning Chef Michael Mina. The “social dining” space is slated to open its doors on March 4th, 2021 to a community of Long Beach’s Belmont Shore diners.

                    RESERVATIONS


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                    The Bungalow x Michael Mina

                    Brent Bolthouse has established himself as a veteran in the hospitality and nightlife industries through decades of success in Los Angeles. After opening the first Bungalow in 2012, the brand has grown to become a staple in its Santa Monica and later Huntington Beach neighborhoods. Joining with Michelin-starred Chef Michael Mina for The Bungalow Kitchen was a natural collaboration for the two. “Brent is a longtime friend of mine,” notes Mina, “We are so excited to collaborate on our first brand new restaurant concept and to utilize his deep roots in the industry with the launch of The Bungalow Kitchen.”

                    While plans for a Long Beach Bungalow have been in the works for years, the untimely pandemic spurred a shift in plans for the restaurateurs. “The original plans for Belmont Shore was to open the third Bungalow location, but Michael and I quickly shifted gears to rebrand and pivot to The Bungalow Kitchen in response to the pandemic, opting to launch our new brand concept there first,” Bolthouse explained. Plans for a Northern California Bungalow Kitchen in Tiburon are still currently in development.




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                    In the Heart of Belmont Shore

                    Guests of The Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore can expect to be wowed by the living room-like setting, a “community clubhouse” for cocktails, dining and socializing. Perched on the upper floor of the 2nd & PCH shopping center, the eatery overlooks the water of Long Beach’s Alamitos Bay. Similar to other Bungalow locales, eclectic, bohemian decor will make the comfy hideaway perfect for lounging. The 10,000 square foot space, designed by frequent Bungalow collaborator Studio Collective, boasts custom furnishings, stylish artwork and rock and roll-inspired decor reflecting the nostalgia of Long Beach’s punk rock influences. Mixing a traditional bungalow style with sleek, musical elements creates an environment of eccentric refinement for visitors to unwind.




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                    The Space

                    Similar to other Bungalow outposts, the multi-room layout allows for a residential feel that creates a welcoming ambiance of comfort. Rooms in varying sizes and styles add an additional layer to the dining experience, offering multiple backdrops for guests to enjoy themselves. The plush seating in the dining room is perfect for large party visits or cozy date nights, with a fireplace bringing warmth to the space. The game room features a pool table for a fun, post-dinner activity, while the sunroom provides a sophisticated locale for sipping cocktails. No waterfront restaurant would be complete without outdoor seating, making Bungalow Kitchen’s 3,000 square foot patio ideal for al fresco dining with a view of the bay.




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                    A Social Dining Experience

                    The social dining experience at The Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore is elevated by Chef Michael Mina’s dinner and late night menus of California cuisine, with a brunch menu soon to be added. An emphasis on local, seasonal ingredients brings fresh flavors to the variety of indulgent plates. Guests can start their dining experience with table snacks like Crispy Duck Wings or Prosciutto-Wrapped Asian Pears. A raw bar includes items like Tai Snapper Ceviche Verde and Tuna & Tomato Poke, as well as platters that may be shared between 2-4 people. Salads like the King Crab & Endive Caesar are sure to impress, while pastas like the House-Made Rigatoni and Spicy Lobster Spaghetti will be seaside favorites. The Kitchen also offers grilled and roasted selections like Charcoal-Grilled Lamb Tenderloin and Grilled Sea Bream, alongside Chef Michael Mina’ signature Lobster Pot Pie, featuring whole Maine Lobster, Truffle-Lobster Bisque & Petite Root Vegetables. 

                     

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                    Late Night Bites

                    Aside from dinner, the limited late night menu will also satisfy cravings with items like the Bungalow Burger and “Boardwalk” Crinkle-Cut Fries. Bites will be paired with a drink menu of classic cocktails and an expansive wine list of curated selections. Delivery and takeout are also expected to be in The Bungalow Kitchen’s future, soon allowing patrons to enjoy Chef Mina’s creations right at home. Bolthouse and Chef Mina bringing a fresh, new dining destination to Long Beach is sure to attract excited local patrons ready to enjoy their piece of the renowned Bungalow brand. The success of Bungalow Huntington Beach suggests this twist on the widely-acclaimed bars will make waves in the Long Beach restaurant scene for years to come.

                     

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                      The Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore is located at 6400 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 200. Long Beach, CA 90603 in the 2nd & PCH retail center. Current hours of operation are Wed-Sat 5pm-2am and Sun 5pm-10pm. To make dining reservations for March 4th, 2021 and later, contact concierge@zochagroup.com or click here for reservations.

                       

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