April 08, 2009

The latest L.A. after-hours trend: intimate spaces that mix Tony Bennett cool with Tony Duquette-inspired design. • With views of the Hollywood Hills and a pool flanked by a wall of mirrors, the Terrace at Sunset Tower Hotel (8358 Sunset Blvd.; 323/654-7100) draws passels of starlets. • At Stone Rose (8555 Beverly Blvd.; 310/228-6677), in the refurbished Sofitel, the clubbiness extends outdoors, where crowds call dibs on the terrace's sofas and cabanas. • At Katsuya (11777 San Vicente Blvd.; 310/207-8744), a bento box of a restaurant from chef Katsuya Uechi, diners sit in an alcove beneath oversized photos of geishas, then unwind with a cocktail in the all-white lounge. • And fresh from a Morocco-meets-Regency makeover by Mark Zeff, Social Hollywood (6525 Sunset Blvd.; 323/462-5222) is equal parts democratic and elitist: the downstairs bar and the restaurant are open to the public; upstairs, the dining, gaming, and media rooms are strictly members-only.

Terrace at Sunset Tower Hotel

Social Hollywood

Katsuya

Brentwood’s most popular sushi destination happens to be the chain restaurant Katsuya by Starck. Master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi and design impresario Philippe Starck fuse their talents to create the restaurant’s colorful (and often spicy) signature dishes, including crispy rice with spicy tuna, yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno, and miso marinated black cod. The modern dining room boasts all-white sofas and armchairs, wood paneled booths, and oversized images of a geisha (her eyes, lips, and kimono) printed on the walls.

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