People come from across the city, country and world to take in the sights along Rodeo Drive. And even if you can't afford a Julia Roberts a la Pretty Woman shopping spree, there's more than enough to see and do along this extra-upscale stretch of Beverly Hills. There are also plenty of dining options—some of the city's best restaurants call 90210 home, and the area's many hotel bars are perfect for a post-shopping (or window shopping) drink. And yes, window-shopping is how most visitors spend their time; though along Two Rodeo—Rodeo Drive's $200-million faux cobbled walkway—browsing tourists mingle with serious spenders. A hop away is Anderson Court, which is the only shopping mall designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
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Even before Spago reopened in October after its three-month facelift, everyone was buzzing about the reveal of Wolfgang Puck’s rebooted fine dining staple. With the restaurant’s success over 30 years, of which both James Beard and Michelin have taken note, a built-in audience arrives, perhaps all too eager to "ooh" and "aah" over executive chef Lee Hefter’s reworked, cross-cultural bill of fare. In addition to California—whose cuisine Puck reinvented and reigns as the godfather of—the far reaches of Asia, Italy and France stamp the menu. An appetizer of "BBQ" skate wing brushed with a bright, spicy sambal seems like a prelude to greatness, but medallions of beautiful crimson-brown venison fillet languish in a slightly too sweet, though pleasantly spiced, reduction. But, did anyone notice that a napkin was missing or a side of caramelized Brussels sprouts emerged from the kitchen after entrées were already finished? Service isn't perfect—if a bit sloppy—but at a restaurant charging, sometimes, $79 for an entrée, it very well should be. Clean lines and blocks of black and white define Spago's modernized dining room, whose makeunder includes ditching garish dressings in favor of minimalist dishware and contemporary, if a bit incongruous, wall art with a nod to the obvious—Puck is really trying to hammer his point home: this is the new Spago. Vitals What to eat: The chirashi sushi—a terra cotta bowl filled with crushed ice and a traditional wooden box with slices of impeccabl
Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery arrives in Los Angeles (there are locations in Napa Valley and New York City) with a posh 90210 address. The tiny storefront offers traditional French pastries and viennoisseries from buttery croissants to delicate and elegant tarts on the first floor of Bouchon Bistro.
With locations all over town, Kazunori Nozawa's mini-empire favors straightforward, no-nonsense sushi over the usual 'Dragon' and 'Rainbow' rolls—as exemplified by Noawa's trademark "Trust Me" menu, which decides diners' sushi dishes for them. The confidence of the kitchen goes even further, in that servers will respectfully decline requests for extra soy sauce or bowls of rice. Don't worry—you won't need either. The sushi is outstanding enough on its own.
If you're coming to Nic's Beverly Hills for one thing—and one thing only—it's probably for the vodka. Nic's has a lot of it, including an entire menu dedicated to vodka martinis, plus the VODBOX, a walk-in freezer where guests don faux-fur coats and sip on vodka to their heart's content. There's food at Nic's, too—caviar and lobster beignets, oysters and duck, filet mignon and the house burger. But we wouldn't blame you if you just ordered martinis.
Sure, there’s exotic tea, caviar service and backgammon. But The Garden Bar, the Montage Beverly Hills’ ground-level lounge, is anything but stodgy. There’s a palpable sense of style from the moment guests step inside: Mid-century modern sofas, posh brass light fixtures, rich finished wood and verdant indoor palms give the former Parq Bar space a chic, contemporary vibe, like you’re visiting the swinging pad of a ‘60s socialite instead of the antiquated abode of a rich ol’ auntie. No stale, contaminated nuts here. Gratis bar food comes in the form of cubed salami and housemade potato chips; in case you weren’t aware, this is Food Network personality and New York chef-superstar Geoffrey Zakarian’s first West Coast joint, and he’s pulling out all the stops. White-jacketed bartenders craft cocktails with only the finest ingredients, which is why the going rate for a sidecar is $22 (made with top-shelf Hennessy Vsop Cognac, if it’s any consolation). You may gawk at the price, but you’ll gawk even more at the bar’s 35-page wine collection covering the globe from British Columbia to the Canary Islands. Sip your crystal glass of Italian orange wine (yes, it’s a thing) as you gaze upon the hoi polloi beyond closed glass doors.
Macrobiotic food tends to have rather muted flavors; it's to the kitchen's immense credit that M Café de Chaya has managed to popularize it. The stylish room is, of course, popular with vegetarians and vegans, but it also serves exceptional sushi and a mild but tasty version of bibimbap, a Korean rice dish. It's not unusual to see diners taking pictures of the beautifully prepared food.
The stylish restaurant located in the Beverly Hills triangle opened in 1974 and has since been an institution for Hollywood's elite. Although the restaurant's upscale decor doesn't exactly exude an authentic Chinese establishment, owner Michael Chow offers guests a one-of-a-kind dining experience with the restaurant's signature black-and-white motif and a high-priced menu. Executive chef Yi Jia Qian serves guests a combination of authentic Beijing and original recipes, along with popular items including the Beijing duck, Mr Chow noodles and ma mignon.
Nate 'n Al isn't the best Jewish deli in greater LA, but 60 years of service have certainly made it an institution. The food is heavy but good, and the servers are seasoned veterans who've seen everything and treat punks, millionaires, families and elderly Jewish matrons exactly the same.
Enter this 7,500-square-foot space and you'll feel like you're walking through a shiny new hotel lobby. The Nespresso coffee "boutique," as they like to call it in 90210, is the largest US flagship in the US. With several seating areas and even a hostess stand, the space is perfect for all occasions—whether you're going solo, on a date or with a large group. Sit at the high-top tables and order hot or cold espresso drinks, venture to the bar area for a tasting of 21 "Grand Cru" coffees, or cozy up on a couch for one of nine "Iconic Creations". On warmer days, the 16-seat alfresco patio is the place to be. While coffee—espresso, specifically—is king here, the fancy-pants shop features a full menu (think: breakfast items, salads, soups, sandwiches and desserts) plus wine and other beverages. On almost every visit you will find someone sipping a large glass of a creamy, chocolaty coffee drink topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings—this is the must-order Espresso Milkshake. The best part? The back wall showcases colorful stacks of Nespresso coffee pods and machines so that you could take the java home. And if you need to brush up on your coffee-making skills, sign up for the shop's coffee mixology classes.
Step inside Il Fornaio and take a culinary journey through Italy. Early mornings bring rustic, crisp crusted bread hot from the oven accompanied by the scent of fresh brewed espresso. During lunch and dinner hours, pastas and flavorful sauces simmer while meats and vegetables roast over hot coals. Bottles of wine from small, regional wineries are uncorked to complement the dishes, which have been crafted in the custom of Italy's chefs, bakers and homemakers (Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian).
LA is awash with sushi bars, but Urasawa is at the top of the heap. Flown in daily, the fish is prepared by chef Hiroyuki Urasawa and one assistant. Meals stretch to 25 artfully prepared courses; the experience will be amazing and expensive. Booking is imperative (there are no walk-ins), and an early-evening slot is best: if you arrive at 8pm, each course will arrive as soon as you've finished the previous tidbit.