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A great night out in our wonderful city. That’s what you want to give your out-of-town visitors. But what’s the best new place? Or old joint? You know, the combination of food + setting + crowd that will have them singing your praises back at their home watercooler (aka Facebook). Here’s where you need to take them.


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They Want the Hollywood Experience: Sunset Tower Bar Terrace

A big dirty martini and a view of the pool with Hollywood twinkling in the distance. So, so glam.

8358 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; 323-654-7100 or

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They Want the Major View: 71above

Newly opened, this fine-dining spot (think truffle-scented chicken, citrus-marinated hamachi) on the 71st floor of the U.S. Bank building downtown has a cool way of guaranteeing your view: You choose your exact windowside online when you make your reservation.

633 W. Fifth St.; 213-712-2683 or


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They Want Old-School Italian: Rao’s

This satellite of the impossible-to-get-into New York institution founded in 1896 feels super Tony Soprano, from the jukebox to the year-round Christmas lights. Oh, and the Italian-American fare like fusilli arrabbiata and veal piccata is pretty great, too.

1006 Seward St.; 323-962-7267 or

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They Want the Cool Kids’ Spot: Jon and Vinny’s

It's got its own custom-curated wine boutique. The booths are sleek plywood. And the food is newfangled Italian, like thin-crust pizzas (even flower-topped ones) and pistachio cannoli. Yep, it’s like a Pizza Hut for hipsters.

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They Want to Experience L.A.’s Cuisine Boom: Spring

Perfectly executed French dishes such as escargot swimming in fennel and garlic or country pâté made from rabbit and bacon are rare enough in Los Angeles, but served in a glorious courtyard outfitted with an iron roof and fountain, à la Provence? Let’s just say this will impress even the snooty global gourmand.

257 S. Spring St.; 213-372-5189 or

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They Want Authentic Chinese: Din Tai Fung

It's in a mall, but it’s the real deal. This outpost of the Taiwan-based Din Tai Fung empire is known for its precisely handmade dumplings, which you can watch being meticulously made by lab-coat-wearing technicians behind a glass window. Get your guests a serving of the truffle dumplings and explain between mouthfuls that this is the only place outside China you can get these fragrant juicy mouthfuls.

The Americana at Brand, 177 Caruso Ave. Glendale; 818-551-5561 or

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They Want the Beach: Geoffrey’s

Maybe you want to convince someone to move here. Or explain why you live here. Or just create an evening that’s got the seductive powers of a Richard Neutra beach house where you’re served puff pastry with Brie and foie gras risotto. Malibu perfection.

27400 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu; 310-457-1519 or

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They Want That Famous Burger: In-N-Out

This is where Adele went after the Grammys. And what Brie Larson celebrated her Oscar win with. So it’s only natural that everybody wants a piece of this fast-food joint. Even if you’re not packing a statuette.

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