Next Week’s L.A. Happenings: Connie And Ted’s, Robert Zemeckis, & Spago’s New Bar Menu

Opening a trendy restaurant in West Hollywood during Gay Pride Week is genius, but even more brilliant is the restaurant itself. Connie and Ted’s, a new seafood spot by celeb Top Chef Michael Cimarusti, is a trendy little joint that, well, may serve the best seafood this side of Santa Monica. Connie & Ted’s is Michael’s dressed-down seafood joint to his formal Providence, just a short drive away. It’s named in honor of his grandparents, who taught Michael everything there is to know about preparing fish.

The modern-day seafood shack is bright and cheerful and totally fun. There’s an outdoor patio, nautical-themed cocktails, a fire-engine-red booth, and chairs with blonde wood tabletops. Expect raw bar options, three types of chowder (red, white, and cream-based) and even burgers, in addition to the usual suspects (lobster, clams, and—wait for it—fish).

If you haven’t already, nab a front-row seat at Rockwell: Table & Stage for its insanely wild and theatrical live performance called For The Record that pays tribute to a notable director. Playing until July 20th is For The Record: Zemeckis, where the talented (and, let’s face it, easy on the eyes) cast sings, dances and performs creative takes from Robert Zemeckis’ films like Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Flight, and Death Becomes Her.

The shows have been garnering a cult following and even the directors and actors from the movies themselves show up in the audience, in addition to A-list fans like Demi Moore, who attended opening night with her daughter Rumer.

Can’t get a table at Spago in Beverly Hills? The bar is just as impressive, especially now, since it’s just launched its new bar menu, offering sweet and intensely savory dishes like Bincho Grilled Chicken Wings and Spaghettini with little neck and razor clams. Wash it all down during the Tuesday to Saturday, 9pm to 11pm happy hour, which features specialty martinis for only $10 and premium wine pours starting at $8.

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This Week’s L.A. Happenings: Nozawa Bar & Rooftop Pool Opens, Taylor Boudreaux Feeds Napa

NOW OPEN: Secret Sushi Nozawa Bar in Beverly Hills
It feels like a speakeasy, only the highlight at the new Nozawa Bar is sushi. Weirdly, it’s a secret sushi restaurant in the back room of an existing sushi restaurant but with its own chef: Osamu Fujita. There are only two seatings at lunch and two seatings at dinner, so reservations are a must. And no need to fuss over a menu—there is none! It’s a true omakase experience, each course served simultaneously to everyone, and dishes like sashimi and hand rolls are based entirely on the day’s fresh market catch. 

Nozawa Bar (212 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills) is now open. Lunch is $130 per person; dinner $150 per person. To make a reservation, visit the listing at BlackBook Guides. 

 

MONDAY: London West Hollywood’s Rooftop Pool Opens to Public

After kicking off its fifth anniversary last week, the London West Hollywood has cooled its pool rules. Now, anyone (not just registered guests) can officially and legally throw on their thongs and lounge on the rooftop pool. Several intimate cabanas, sweeping city views, and a delicious Gordon Ramsey menu await. 

 

The rooftop pool at London West Hollywood (1020 N. San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood) is now open to the public. To book a cabana or a guest room, visit the listing at BlackBook Guides. 

 

WEDNESDAY: Trefethen Family Vineyards at Napa Valley Grille

You may recognize the young executive chef Taylor Boudreaux as one of LA’s Hottest Chefs. Or maybe the fact he won the annual Tavistock Restaurant Group’s first Top Chef of the Year. Either way, he’s prepared an exclusive, four-course rustic menu for at Napa Valley Grille, paired with wines from Trefethen Family Vineyards, Napa region’s leading sustainable winegrower. You can eat well, see a hot chef, and get drunk on great wine. 

 

The four-course rustic menu is $75 per person and only available today at Napa Valley Grille (1100 Glendon Ave, Westwood). To make a reservation, visit the listing at BlackBook Guides. 

This Week’s LA Happenings: John Allan’s Men’s Club, Graham Elliot at Son of a Gun, and Passion Pit

NOW: After 25 years on the cutting edge of men’s grooming, John Allan’s has finally opened a Men’s Club in Beverly Hills. Located at the Saks Men’s Store, it’s the type of place metrosexuals, homosexuals, and girlfriend’s boyfriends crash for a manly makeover. Here, it’s all about the haircuts (John Allan trained under Jean Louis David back in the day), though the signature service package includes a shoe shine, scalp massage, manicure, and hot towel. Come early for your appointment: there’s a lounge with a pool table, craft beer, and TVs to help you chill the eff out. No offense, buddy, but you could use it.

DETAILS: John Allan’s (9634 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills) is now accepting reservations and memberships. For more information on booking, check out the BlackBook Guides listing.

MONDAY: It’s not often a two-Michelin-starred chef from Chicago cameos in LA. Graham Elliot—who will be appearing on Fox’s Master Chef Season 4 next month—is making a guest appearance at Son of a Gun tonight and tomorrow with a special, five-course tasting menu. Expect innovative dishes like salmon confit, roe & chicharron with everything bagel spaetzle, dill schmear, red onion marmalade, and caper powder. It’s like breakfast in Brooklyn, only fancier.

DETAILS: The tasting menu is $100 per person plus tax, gratuity, and $40 supplement for wine pairings by sommelier Jamie Kluz. For more information on Son of a Gun (8370 W. 3rd St, West Hollywood), check out the listing in BlackBook Guides.

THURSDAY: If you’re not making it to Coachella this week, well, sorry. But you can still catch Passion Pit rocking out at Club Nokia. They’re one of very few Coachella acts to perform in Los Angeles outside of the music festival. Opening act Tanlines has been making waves with their hit "Not the Same."

DETAILS: Doors open at 8pm. For an exclusive BlackBook interview with Brooklyn-based Tanlines, read the story here. For more information on Club Nokia (800 W. Olympic Blvd, Downtown LA) visit the listing at BlackBook Guides.

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This Week’s L.A. Happenings: Lock & Key Opens, Female Chef Takeover, Sunday Roast

Now: Lock & Key Opens In Koreatown
Blame it on Gangnam Style; Koreatown is fast becoming the hood that should be on your radar. Not only is The Line slated to open this year (by the Sydell Group, responsible for NYC’s Nomad Hotel) but LA Weekly recently named Koreatown "America’s Hippest Neighborhood." Lending to this movement: Lock & Key. The new bar and lounge opened last week and is paying tribute to the 1920s speakeasy theme. Expect a hidden entrance, array of fancy cocktails concocted with boutique spirits and liquors, and international, Asian street food. You don’t need a secret code to enter but (spoiler) the red door is a giveaway. Just make sure you know the right doorknob and lock (out of many) that grants you entrance.

Lock & Key (239 S. Vermont Ave., Koreatown) is now open. For more information, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

Tuesday: Female Chefs Take Over Abigaile’s Kitchen
We can take the heat in the kitchen, thanks to Kitchen Takeover at Abigaile Restaurant with a roster of all-female chefs cooking up a five-course dinner in honor of National Women’s History Month. Some of LA’s hottest tastemakers, like mixologist Lindsay Nadar (Son of a Gun, Pour Vous) and Danielle Keene (Top Chef Just Desserts), will ensure vixen fixins’.

The Kitchen Takeover III is $65, with proceeds benefiting the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. Call 310-798-8227 to make a reservation. For more information on Abigaile (1301 Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach), check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

Sunday: The Pikey’s Classic Sunday Roast
Scenester’s favorite modern, West Hollywood gastropub The Pikey is now serving a late-afternoon, British-style Sunday roast, with a rotation of English-themed dishes a true Englishman would approve of. Local and organic dishes include beef short ribs and roasts of lamb with mint jelly and duck fat potatoes, among other hearty entrees. Sorry, fish and chips!

The Classic Sunday Roast is held every Sunday for an indefinite period with a $22 per person menu. For more information on The Pikey (7617 West Sunset Boulevard), visit the listing at BlackBook Guides.

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This Week’s L.A. Happenings: Circa, Unlimited Wine, Nick Cave

WEDNESDAY: Circa Opens In Manhattan Beach
Expect trips to Manhattan Beach now on the regular. An all-star team is behind a new restaurant project opening Wednesday: Circa. Michael Zislis (The Strand) has Octavio Becerra (Palate Food & Wine) in the kitchen, Josh Goldman (ink.) curating the wine list and Julian Cox (Playa, Riviera, Sotto, Bestia) crafting cocktails behind the bar. You likely don’t visit Manhattan Beach as much as you should and Circa is just two blocks from the shore, so make that two birds, one stone thing happen. Expect small plates of global flavors, casual, vintage-industrial design and perhaps a cigarette break to watch the sunset.

Circa (903 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan beach) opens and is now accepting reservations. For more information on the restaurant, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

THURSDAY: Unlimited Wine at Mondrian
Tonight kicks off the inaugural, bi-weekly “Uncorked” wine tasting in Asia de Cuba at the Mondrian. It’s a happy hour with an outdoor pool. Seriously… why the hell not?  A nice selection of wines (unlimited pouring FYI) and bites at sunset are a crowd pleaser.

“Uncorked” is happening every second Thursday (starting 2/21) from 6pm to 9pm at Asia de Cuba at the Mondrian (8440 Sunset Blvd., W. Hollywood). For more information on the restaurant, visit the listing at BlackBook Guides.

THURSDAY:  Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
If you haven’t listened to the new album we recently streamed, you need to understand who we’re dealing with here. Nick Cave is a singer, novelist, actor, screenwriter, film composer, and all-around legend. We think he’ll be the next Pope. For now, see him live at The Fonda Theatre and scratch it off your bucket list.

Listen to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ new album here. To learn more about The Fonda Theatre (6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood ), visit the listing at BlackBook Guides.

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