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Lesley Balla | Photo: Hakkasan Beverly Hills | November 13, 2013
Tis the season to sip and sup! Here, some of the city’s hottest new restaurants and lounges set the stage for a holiday season of feasts and fetes.
Steal away for a private pasta dinner in two rooms at this new downtowner. Behind the stairs, 10 to 30 people can sit amid Italian wines and dry goods, while upstairs avails a more private setting, featuring seating for up to 12, and fantastic arched windows—leftovers from the original bank built here in 1923. 802 S. Spring St., L.A., 323.954.0300
This venue’s electric, Chinois-chic blues, intricately patterned screens, white marble and oak accents create a slick setting for dim sum and more. The very private Lotus Room, meanwhile, seats up to 20, but sits in the back of the restaurant with its own elevator for discreet arrivals and departures. 233 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.888.8661, hakkasan.com
Clink glasses of Prosecco while noshing on nests of pasta and Gino Angelini’s antipasti in the wine cave at RivaBella. Arched ceilings and brick walls would recall a hidden-away Tuscan vineyard, were it not for the space’s generous seating capacity. 9201 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.278.2060, rivabellarestaurant.com
4. Petty Cash
For a fun and funky party, the back room at Petty Cash sports bright-yellow walls and a chalkboard for shuffleboard score-keeping (though you’re welcome to render anything to customize your night). Used for both cocktail parties and sit-down dinners for up to 25, chef Walter Manzke’s sea urchin guacamole, al pastor tacos and ceviche negro are hits. And yes, the shuffleboard stays. 7360 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323-933-5300, pettycashtaqueria.com
The perennial go-to for parties of all sizes, from 10 to 500, last year’s contemporary redesign is even more accommodating. Now brighter and lighter with a new hand-painted mural, the private dining rooms have been expanded and walls can be adjusted to host an intimate group of 20 to 150 with a private bar, which you’ll need, as new signature cocktails pair perfectly with equally fresh seasonal small-plates. 176 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.385.0880, wolfgangpuck.com