Los Angeles: Top 10 ‘Entourage’ Hotspots

Entourage is back for the sixth season, and Vince and his boys do Los Angeles like no one else can. While not as concerned with flaunting their reservations (that’s so New York), the LA backdrop plays an integral role in the show, proving that they frequent the newest and hottest joints that La La Land has to offer. Between business lunch bites, and late nights, here are the latest, if not greatest LA hot spots, approved by Vinny, E, Turtle, Drama and the rest of his entourage.

Season 6Millennium Biltmore (Downtown) – After the boys attend the premiere for Gatsby, they take their date to this ritzy, gloriously preserved hotel for the after-party. ● Sidebar (Beverly Hills) – Mrs. Ari takes Marlo Klein out to Wolfgang Puck’s latest addition, and sidekick to steakhouse Cut in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. ● Sofitel (Mid-City West) – Kerry Simon’s Angeleno wing serves appropriate American food for Turtle’s birthday at this trendy, tech-friendly hotel, creating the perfect backdrop for Turtle to announce that he’s going back to school.

Season 5The Grill On The Alley (Beverly Hills) – Careers are made while you destroy the not-to-be-missed or messed-with garlic cheese bread course at this grill known for hefty portions — which makes it the perfect place for Vince to meet with Carl Ertz to talk about the project, Danger Beach. ● Urth Caffe (West Hollywood) – This organic latte-loving cafe is as trendy as world conflict. The caffeinated works of art are a favorite of all the pretty people, which is why Urth gets so much screen time in Season 5. Ari pitches Benji to Vince here, Vince and E meet with Josh Weinstein and Frank Darabont to talk shop, and later, Vince bumps into Justin Chapin, the virginal pop-star played by Gossip Girl’s bad seed, Leighton Meester. ● Nate ‘N Al (Beverly Hills) – Vinny knows his sandwiches. Perhaps it’s his New York roots that lure him to this pastrami haven; it is, after all, known as the best Jewish deli in LA. It’s an easy spot where Marvin, Vince’s accountant, begs the actor find some work. ● Cut At The Beverly Wilshire Hotel (Beverly Hills) – Wolfgang Puck’s overpriced chophouse sets the scene for the bidding war between Amanda and E over Ed Norton in the Smokejumpers project that Vince is attached to. Amanda pulls Ed Norton. I wonder if they split the $120 Kobe? ● The Edison (Downtown) – The former power plant is now a hotspot with a laboratory noir setting. Vince and his entourage celebrate closing the deal on Smokejumpers, and Jamie-Lyn Sigler throws a drink in Turtle’s face for gossiping about their hookup. ● Harold and Belle’s (Artesia) – Moguls and Euros craving gumbo have this place packed. A BlackBook favorite and also a fave of Jamie-Lyn Sigler, who takes Turtle here for the jambalaya. ● Whiskey Blue At W Hotel (Westwood) – In this white-hot bar — boasting tons of candles, an open atmosphere chock full of voyeurs on beds and sofas — Vince meets model Natasha to continue their amorous chats after Natasha is fired from Vince’s advertising campaign.

Industry Insiders: Wolfgang Puck, Resto Wizard

Easily one of the most celebrated celebrity chefs in the world, Wolfgang Puck speaks about food with balls, juggling more restaurants than he has fingers, and still finding time to make love.

Where do you love to eat? In France, Beaumaniere. In Italy, Quattro Passi. And in Los Angeles, Matsuhisa. What is your favorite food? Food with some guts or balls, as we would say in the kitchen— no matter what origin. Where are your secret spots? Sidebar at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and Angelini Osteria for true Italian food.

How did you come to LA? I grew up in Austria where I did my apprenticeship. At 17, I went to France and worked there in some of the best restaurants, like Beaumaniere, Maxim’s, Hôtel de Paris. My first job was in Indianapolis, but my dream was always to go to California, Los Angeles, or San Francisco, and I ended up in Los Angeles in 1975 and fell in love with the city, the climate, and the excitement with everything new. I opened Spago in 1982 and Chinois on Main a year later. I think it was the beginning of a new style of cooking in America.

Who do you admire in your industry? The first one, Raymond Thuilier; a true renaissance man who had the passion and love for cooking and who inspired me and taught me many things. Foremost, that great cooking starts with great ingredients. Second, Andre Soltner, because he had the stamina and professionalism to spend every day of his life in his one restaurant, Lutece, in New York. I do not know if he has the perfect wife, but I know he had the perfect restaurant before it closed in 2004.

What is a trend you like in the dining industry these days? I like that many restaurants today have sommeliers who make up many interesting wine lists and serve wine in a professional way. Also, there is a bigger value put on professional service.

Is there anything you dislike in your industry these days? Most young chefs don’t have the patience to learn the basics so they can grow and become chefs with the right foundation.

What is something that we might not know about you? I am involved with many charities from Los Angeles to Cleveland to Las Vegas, and I also love modern art. Robert Rauschenberg and the Los Angeles artist John Baldisarri are two of my favorites.

What’s next? We will open two more restaurants in the first six months of 2009. One is called Five Sixty in Dallas. It will have a great view and Asian-inspired menu. The second one is a Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill in downtown Los Angeles next to the Staples Center at L.A. Live.

And lastly, what are you doing tonight? I will be in my three restaurants in Los Angeles: Spago, Chinois, and Cut. Have dinner with my wife at 11 p.m., then go home, and hopefully we’ll make love.

Photo: Lisa Romerein

Industry Insiders: Rochelle Gores, Winning Big at Arcade

Rochelle Gores, owner of Los Angeles boutique Arcade, on working long days, saying bye bye to boho-chic, and the year of expansion.

Where do you go out? I love Foxtail, a new club in LA. Cut is a great restaurant that I love to go to for a good steak. One of my favorite restaurants that I’ve been going to for like 18 years is Mistral. It’s in the valley. The owner is Henry. I actually really like 1912 in the Beverly Hills Hotel. It’s very casual and just a nice bar to go to.

What’s your favorite aspect of owning Arcade? The buying, obviously, is one of the greatest parts, because that’s the product, and that’s the branding of the company. I am constantly overseeing the big picture and how it’s going to grow. Last year’s focus was creating the boutique, and this year, it’s launching it into doing private label and possibly into another boutique and growing as a brand. I’m really excited about that.

Who are two people that you admire in your industry? There have been so many great women in my industry. Obviously, Coco Chanel. She was the first one to put a woman in pants, and the first person to put a bag over the shoulder as opposed to carrying it in the hand. I look up to her for innovative ideas. Donna Karan is an amazing businesswoman. Stefani Greenfield from Scoop is amazing in the aspect of retail and buying. And then, my father Alec Gores on the business end.

Trends you love in fashion? Color. People are really into bold color in fashion and accessories. People are loving accessorizing everything from earrings to bags to necklaces and layering things. I think my favorite trend is going back to femininity and sophistication. And going back to that 1920’s woman.

Trends you hate? I’m really liking what I’m seeing because it’s going away from boho-chic, which I really didn’t care for. I really like where things are going. That is what Arcade is all about, feminine, womanly, beautiful, a sophisticated, very ladylike look.

One thing that people may not know about you? I work 18 hour days. I think that may shock people.

What are you obsessed with right now? I’m getting married in May so I’m obsessed with my wedding. The ceremony will be at my dad’s estate in Beverly Hills, and the reception will be at the Beverly Wilshire. I’m getting my dresses made by Herve at Carolina Herrera. I am also obsessed with the jewelry collection that I do with Neil Lane. We do these diamond letters. I wear my “R” every day, and the girls in the store wear the letter “A” for Arcade. It’s called Neil Lane for Arcade, and all of the pieces are one of a kind. I’m excited to expand with him.

What’s on the horizon for 2009? This is the year of expansion for me. I’m looking to expand through online selling, doing my own brand, and opening another store. I’m looking to expand into a larger empire.

What’s your favorite item in the boutique right now? My bathing suits. They’re fantastic. I have all Brazilian bathing suits. I have Rosa Cha, I have Lenny. And we’re one of the only places in LA that sells them.

What’s your guiltiest pleasure? Buying cosmetics. I’m very girly in that way.

What are you doing tonight? I’m in New York. We’re going to Charles on Charles Street, and then to Bijoux and Southside.