Today In L.A.: Carson House Opens, David Nayfield Hosts Dinner At Ink., Bamboo Izakaya’s Sushi Stuns

Carson House in Beverly Hills is so casual, there’s no need to pop the collar. And you won’t find fine china, fussy menus, or celebrity chefs that franchise grocery stores. The new restaurant, opening today (Tuesday), is all about no-frills, peeled-back comfort in a massive shiny space with red leather sofas, hardwood floors, and banks of natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows. It’s like the home of your dad’s cultured, swanky home – equipped with den, dining room, bar, and living room. At some point, you won’t even remember you’re in Beverly Hills.

The former principles of Vice nightclub (which turned into The Cosmo last week) are less theatrical with the opening of this upscale pub that focuses on an American menu like pretzel burgers, short-rib pizza, and Philly cheesesteak pot stickers. Oh, and of course, a 60+ beer menu, 20 on tap.

Over at ink., winner Michael Voltaggio’s restaurant in West Hollywood—former Eleven Madison Park’s David Nayfield is flying in today to host a one-time, six-course collaborative dinner. Who doesn’t like to fork into an east coast-meets-west coast epicurean affair? Nayfield will be no stranger to the LA dining scene. He’s already partnered up with Cardiff Giant (The Churchill, The Hudson) for an unnamed project downtown slated for late summer/early fall. Tickets for the dinner are $125.

If you haven’t already, trek over to Santa Monica for the recent opening of Bamboo Izakaya. Larry David did. There’s plenty of sushi restaurants on the beach, but Bamboo Izakaya can dish out some fresh and tasty rolls, and the crispy rice is epic. Expect a flow from the private member’s club 41 Ocean (behind the restaurant), which shares one of the same owners—Jeremy Umland—for the restaurant.

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L.A. Happenings: Former Spaces Opened & Marilyn Monroe Resurrected

Former spaces (and celebrities) are resurrected this week to bring some of the most notable happenings in Los Angeles.

Tomorrow marks the official opening of The Cosmo, an intimate 2,400-square foot nightclub that’s been almost a year in the works. What was formerly the Vice is now luring tourists (The Cosmo is right on Hollywood Boulevard’s famous Walk of Fame) to its wildly Gothic interiors with pointed arch windows, vaulted ceilings, and crystal chandeliers. You’ll feel like you’re going to church in the Renaissance era, only scantily clad waitresses will be serving you all sorts of booze.
Details: The Cosmo (6364 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood) opens tomorrow. To make reservations, visit the listing at BlackBook Guides.

In Venice, Bank of Venice opened this past weekend inside the space of an actual bank (the original Bank of Venice from 1905) but most notably the former Dry Tour wine bar that sorta didn’t work out. On the coveted corner of Windward and Pacific, Bank of Venice is serving up a Pacific Rim meets Pacific Northwest menu with organic, sustainable and GM-free dishes (from meatloaf to seared scallop) and 30 local beers on tap.
Details: Bank of Venice (80 Winward Ave, Venice) is now open. For more information on the restaurant/bar, visit the listing at BlackBook Guides.

With Hollywood’s iconic actress Marilyn Monroe’s birthday coming up on June 1, it only makes sense that Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (where Marilyn lived for two years and also home to many Marilyn sightings in more recent years) pay tribute to the "blonde bombshell." In the hotel’s Public Kitchen & Bar, executive chef Tim Goodell has created a "Marilyn, Always Remembered" menu that includes a Marilyn Suite specialty cocktail, Strawberry Blonde cupcakes and Neapolitan Meatballs (a dish Marilyn learned to cook while married to Joe DiMaggio).
Details: Marilyn, Always Remembered menu is offered all month long at Public Kitchen & Bar (7000 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood). For more information on Public Kitchen, visit the BlackBook Guides.

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This Week’s L.A. Happenings: Chi Lin & Altitude Pool at SLS Opens, New Burgers At LA Market

NOW OPEN: Chi Lin For The Sexy-Rocker Types
Get your chopstick etiquette in check because Chi Lin is now officially open on Sunset. Brought to you by Innovative Dining Group (the folks behind Boa and Sushi Roku), Chi Lin is a sexy, intimate new dining spot dishing out creative Hong Kong cuisine like Pin Pei Chicken served with hand-made porbien crepes and Leaves of Wild Yam in Lemon Zest, a superfood dark green leaves of wild yam. Insane. Expect lanterns, mirrored ceilings, sleek booths, and a whole lot of neck-craning. Oh, and good Chinese food, of course. 

Chi Lin (9201 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood) is now open. To make a reservation, visit the listing at BlackBook Guides. 
NOW OPEN: ALTITUDE Pool Deck at SLS Beverly Hills
All abs on deck! The rooftop pool at SLS Hotel At Beverly Hills is officially open to guests and locals. Grab a bite from the menu created by Jose Andres, book a cabana, and get all sorts of wet at their new weekend rooftop parties. 
ALTITUDE at SLS Hotel is open to the public during the weekdays between 11 am and 3 pm. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by visiting the hotel’s listing at BlackBook Guides. 
TUESDAY: Animal Cracker & Iron Chef Burgers at LA Market Restaurant
In celebration of National Burger Month, celebrity chef Kerry Simon is serving up some creative burgers at LA Market Restaurant to flaunt his street cred. Until May 31st, guests can get a mouthful of his Chocolate Double Animal (Cracker)-Style Burger or reunite with the Iron Chef Burger, which appeared on Food Network’s Iron Chef America. 
Both burgers are available at LA Market Restaurant by Kerry Simon until the end of the month. For more information on the restaurant, visit the listing at BlackBook Guides. 
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This Week’s L.A. Happenings: Stella Barra Opens, George Clooney’s Tequila, & The Coen Brothers

WEDNESDAY: Jeff Mahin’s Stella Barra Opens In Hollywood 
ABC’s The Taste may have been disappointing, but contestant Jeff Mahin’s new pizza joint Stella Barra in Hollywood is redemptive. Expect a bigger menu and plates than his Stella Rossa Pizza Bar in Santa Monica, in addition to handmade pastas. The 120-seat restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. While you won’t find a wood-fire grill, Chef Mahin is all about perfecting his popular dish: burrata with wood-grilled grapes. That’s good enough for us.

Stella Barra (6372 West Sunset Blvd., Hollywood) opens on Wednesday the 8th. To make a reservation, visit the listing at BlackBook Guides.

MONDAY: George Clooney, Tequila, & Four Seasons
In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, The Spa at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills has partnered with ultra-premium Casamigos Tequila, owned by longtime friends George Clooney, Rande Gerber, and Mike Meldman. Until May 12th, guests can choose from two exclusive Punta Mita treatments and enjoy the Casamigos Reposado Tequila either topically in the treatments or served in a margarita afterward. We say go for both.

The Punta Mita Casamigos Tequila promotion is available May 5th to 12th and based on availability at The Spa at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills (300 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills). To make a reservation, visit the Four Seasons listing at BlackBook Guides.

MONDAY: The Coen Brothers (Sorta) At Rockwell LA
It’s not often you make it out to Los Feliz, but we’ll give you two good reasons: Coen. Brothers. For The Record—a fusion of theater, community and supper club—Rockwell L.A. brings the directors’ movies to life in a 360-degree live, theatrical concert experience, featuring O Brother, Where Art ThoughFargoHudsucker Proxy and The Big Lebowski.

For the Record at Rockwell L.A. (1714 Vermont Ave., Los Feliz) runs until May 19. To book tickets, visit their web site. For more information on Rockwell, visit the listing at BlackBook Guides.

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This Week’s L.A. Happenings: Trois Mec & Bronzed Aussie Open, Jack Black At Largo

NOW: Trois Mec
Get familiar with Trois Mec’s web site. In fact, bookmark it now. It’s the only way you can get "tickets" to Ludo Lefebvre’s new restaurant inside a former pizza joint. The French king of pop-up restaurants and the familiar face on any of those food shows (Top Chef Masters, The Taste, his own Ludo Bites America) is dishing out a prix-fixe tasting menu for a maximum 26 guests a night.

Tickets to Trois Mec (716 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood) are $75 per person. Tickets must be bought on the web site every other Friday for the immediate following two-week period. For more information on Trois Mec, visit the BlackBook Guides.

MONDAY: Bronzed Aussie Opens Downtown
How to speak Australian: eat a freakin’ meat pie. Apparently it’s a thing in the motherland, and now Angelenos can get their hands on savory, puff pastries with the opening of the new, tiny joint Bronzed Aussie. Expect plenty of meat (pepper steak, lamb, etc) with veggie options to boot. 

Bronzed Aussie (714A S. Los Angeles St., Downtown) is now open. For more information, visit the listing at BlackBook Guides.

SUNDAY: Jack Black At Largo
The second annual “A Night of (At Least) 18 Laughs” at Largo features top comedians like Jack Black, Dana Gould, Will Forte, Jeffrey Ross, and surprise guests (rumors include Kristen Wiig). Proceeds go to OneKid OneWorld.

Tickets to “A Night of (At Least) 18 Laughs” at Largo (366 N. La Cienega Blvd., W. Hollywood) are $100/$150 for VIP tickets. For more information on Largo and to buy a ticket, visit the listing at BlackBook Guides. 

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L.A. Happenings: p.s. beverly hills & Tin Roof Bistro Debut New Cocktails, Partida Tequila Tasting

NOW: p.s. beverly hills Serving Girly Boy/Boyish Girl Cocktails
If you haven’t heard, Beverly Hills just banged out a new boutique hotel last week: The Sirtaj. There’s 32 stylish rooms, but a notable highlight is the 50-seat indoor/outdoor p.s. beverly hills restaurant and bar, now serving three meals a day. Wes Lieberher is behind the culinary program and inventing cool, gender-bending cocktails like Butcher’s Daughter (girly yet masculine) and Tiger’s Milk (masculine yet girly).

Sirtaj Hoteland p.s. beverly hills (120 South Reeves Dr., Beverly Hills) are now open. Book a hotel reservation here and a restaurant reservation here, courtesy of BlackBook Guides.

MONDAY: Cocktails Unveiled At Tin Roof
There’s always a booze-happy, label-centric cocktail crowd in Manhattan Beach, which means it’s never too late to curate a new drinks menu. Tin Roof Bistro has just launched a cocktail program with house-made bitters, shrubs, handcrafted spirits and Neve ice that’s a little more modern than their last menu. Gin & tonic what?

Tin Roof Bistro (3500 N. Sepulveda Blvd., South Bay) is now serving craft cocktails. To make a reservation, visit the listing at BlackBook Guides.

WEDNESDAY: Partida Tequila Tasting At Tortilla Republic
Tequila lovers may need to designate a driver tonight. The sexy, modern Mexican-cuisine Tortilla Republic is hosting a tequila tasting event with Partida, which is made from 100-percent blue agave. There’s a special menu showcasing signature Mexican tapas like pineapple avocado ceviche, swordfish rock shrimp and other hearty bites, best washed down with Jäger. We’re joking. Tequila, of course.

The Partida Tequila tasting at Tortilla Republic (616 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood) is $40 per guest and $75 for two guests. To make reservations, visit the listing at BlackBook Guides.

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This Week’s L.A. Happenings: Paiche Opens, Celebrity Chef Joins Culina, The Lash Dance Party

TUESDAY: Paiche Opens In Marina Del Rey
No chef in LA knows gourmet Peruvian cuisine like Ricardo Zarate, the man behind hot spots like Mo-Chica and Picca. His newest venture Paiche, named after the tender whitefish that’s headlining the menu, is a contemporary Peruvian izakaya, so expect some Japanese elements like small plates, plain-view fresh fish on the other side of the open kitchen, tons of booze, and a dash of zen.

Paicha(13488 Maxella Ave., Marina Del Ray) opens Tuesday, April 2nd. To make a reservation, visit Paiche’s BlackBook listing here.  

TODAY: Mette Willams At Four Seasons’ Culina
Mette Williams has brains (winner of Food Network’s Chef Wanted), talent (sous chef at Spago and exec. sous chef at Soho House West Hollywood) and she’s super hot (on Eater’s Hottest Chef 2012). Dig into her culinary magic at her new home, Four Seasons Los Angeles’ restaurant Culina, with new menu items debuting today.

Culina at Four Seasons Los Angeles is open for breakfast, brunch (Sundays), lunch, and dinner. To make reservations, visit the Culina’s BlackBook listing here.

WEDNESDAYDance Party At The Lash
Our favorite new downtown hangout The Lash kicks up a Wednesday night, FREE dance party: Shot/Down with DJs Jeremy Price and Short Shorts. Get buzzed on "special" rum punch ($6) and a shot and a beer for ten bucks.

The Lash (117 Winston St., Downtown) Shot/Down dance party starts at 9pm every Wednesday. It’s free. Get the inside-scoop on The Lash by visiting the BlackBook Guides listing.

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This Week’s L.A. Happenings: BYOBurger, The Canvas Cooler Project, All Bands On Deck

Now: BYOBurger Hits Downtown LA
Conceived by the guys who brought California-based The Counter, BUILT is giving guests the same premium burger with the luxury of creating their own in a new, fast-serve environment, which means cheaper burgers. Expect a college-age crowd (thanks to its location near USC) and, best of all, free on-site parking. Wait. Best of all: cheaper burgers.

BUILT Custom Burgers (3584 Figueroa St., Downtown) is now open. For more information, check out the listings at BlackBook Guides.

Thursday: The Canvas Cooler Project At Factory West
Red Bull invades West Hollywood with their Canvas Cooler Project at Factory West, giving 20 emerging LA artists the opportunity to showcase works. All artists will be given wings and caffeine buzzes, but only two winners will be sent to SCOPE Miami.

The Canvas Cooler Project is open to the public from 9pm to 12am. For more information on the Canvas Cooler Project, check out the site. For more information on Factory West, visit the listing at our BlackBook Guides.

Saturday: All Bands On Deck! At Santa Monica Pier
This 98.7 sponsored event is bringing all the cool cats to the Santa Monica Pier with a line-up that includes current buzz bands Poolside, Yacht, Baio, and Guns in the Sun. BYOPBR.

All Bands on Deck! begins at 4pm. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased here. For more information on Santa Monica Pier, visit the listing at BlackBook Guides.

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This Week’s L.A. Happenings: Crossroads Opens, Black Lips, AdultCon

NOW: Crossroads Opens On Melrose
Located in the space that once housed Dolce and Philippe Chow, the highbrow restaurant Crossroads woos the entertainment industry pack, so bring your headshot. Crossroads is designed by award-winning Studio Collective, so don’t be surprised to find a refined and inclusive space with luxury furnishings. Handcrafted chandeliers and an antique glasswork bar are highlights. Mediterranean small plates are complemented by chef-driven libations.

Crossroads (8284 Melrose Ave., W. Hollywood) is now open. For more information, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

THURSDAY: Black Lips At El Rey Theatre
A little bit of garage band, part punk rock, and something White Stripes-ish, the Black Lips are on the road with Beach Party and Night Beats. You may remember when Val Kilmer joined them onstage and did some crazy shit. In any case, their shows have a reputation to be wild, and they’ll be at El Ray Theatre.

Black Lips, Beach Party, and Night Beats perform at El Rey Theatre (5515 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown) on Thursday the 21st, 8pm. Tickets are $22. To find out more about El Rey, visit the listing at BlackBook Guides.

ALL WEEKEND: AdultCon At L.A. Convention Center
Get your frisky fix at AdultCon, happening all weekend long at the L.A. Convention Center. Tons of porn stars and exhibitors will be present to show their products and videos. Make room on your camera memory bank: people wait an entire year for this moment, but of course you and I are attending because we like the intelligent keynote speakers. Right.

AdultCon takes place Friday through Sunday, the 22nd to the 24th. For more information on the L.A. Convention Center (1201 S. Figueroa St., Downtown), visit the listing at BlackBook Guides.

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