Sandwiched between Los Feliz and Silverlake, Sunset Junction is an eclectic hotbed of offerings for artists, actors and socialites.
At El Chavo, (4441 Sunset Boulevard, 323-664-0871. Open Sunday-Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, Saturday to 11:30 p.m.) Dolly Parton looks over this cavernous enclave. A huge black-and-white poster of Parton sits proudly above the bar. Popular dishes include chicken in mole sauce ($10.25) and tongue in Spanish sauce with mole ($10.25). The 33-year-old establishment’s decor and food work together to create a lively atmosphere.
Equally popular is Café Stella (3932 Sunset Boulevard, 323-666-0265. Open Tuesday-Saturday 6 p.m. to 11p.m.), where Keanu Reeves and Christian Slater favor the charm of this local bistro. Daily specials include oysters and caviar, and regular favorites include beef Wellington ($38). All meals are lovingly prepared by chef Aldis Seaton, who has traveled the world from Persia to Germany picking up flavors to complement the impeccable decor.
If it’s entertainment you’re after, head to the Vista Theater (6712 Hollywood Boulevard, 323-660-6639. Open daily, first show 12:30 p.m., last show 9:45 p.m.). Built in 1922, the Vista was refurbished to withstand earthquakes in the Nineties. More than a decade later the Egyptian/Art Deco interior transports movie-goers to the venue’s old Hollywood days with added touches such as an adjoining café and Lindt chocolate truffles at the concession stand.
— Emma Jordan and Zoe Lampel
Mexico Meets Manhattan
Because Mexican food has not yet scaled to the culinary heights of, say, French or Italian cuisine, it’s easy to relegate its importance to simply tacos, burritos and enchiladas. But, thanks to Manhattan newcomer Dos Caminos, diners can take a virtual culinary tour to south and central Mexico and move beyond the aforementioned dishes with authentic yet contemporary epicurean delights such as chipotle beef taquitos, braised beef served in a crispy corn tortilla, Chilean sea bass with chayote gratin and jicama-pineapple salad and slow-roasted pork pibil with black beans. Of course, there’s a healthy selection of tacos, guacamole made tableside and even enchiladas.Executive chef Dudley Nieto said the eatery’s fare is "classic, authentic Mexican with a modern touch. The menu has different ingredients that make it fun and flavorful. The authenticity of the basic Mexican ingredients like mole poblano are respected, but we enhance it with items that are more upscale."
The 250-seat restaurant recalls the colors of a Mexican sunset. This aesthetic is the work of Yabu Pushelberg, a design firm with offices in Toronto and New York whose clients have included Bergdorf Goodman and Carolina Herrera. But make no mistake: The Latin music and bustling vibe is more like a hopping night out in Mexico City. Signature dishes include the guacamole ($12), chipotle beef taquitos ($8), red snapper and scallop ceviche ($10),roasted pork pibil ($18) and lobster tumbada ($24). The menu also boasts an impressive dessert list, crafted by pastry chef Brian Garcia. Selections include warm pistachio crepes with bananas, "Tres Leches" cake filled with almond mousse and Mexican chocolate torte made with Mexican chocolate mousse, all for $8. 373 Park Avenue South, New York; 212-294-1000.
— Kristin Larson
La Fab Nikita
Pass on the trip to Berlin. Instead, head to Nikita, a cocktail bar and cafe inspired by the dark, moody and sexy German cabarets of the Thirties. The über hip haunt opened its doors in October in Dallas’ West Village shopping center and quickly landed on the radar of the fickle and trendy Oak Lawn crowd.
"Caviar, vodka and freedom — that’s what we’re all about,’’ said Royce Ring, a partner in Dallas-based Triple R Group, which owns Nikita, along with its wildly popular sibling Tom Tom Noodle Club.
Nikita offers an incredible array of appetizers, most of which are $10 or less, including salmon tartar and a golden beet and goat cheese salad. Sandwiches include Austrian ham and cheese with lemon oil on ciabatta bread.
Other dishes include Caspian Sea caviar, Scottish smoked salmon with black bread and fire-and-ice shellfish towers, which include iron-seared mussels, raw oysters, chilled shrimp and poached scallops.
And what’s a cabaret without vodka? Nikita serves more than 50 types of vodka, as well as seemingly endless wine and champagne lists and liqueur-based coffees.The caffeine will probably come in handy: Nikita is attracting an upscale, late-night crowd, which makes sense considering the bar’s location in the trendy, young and diverse Oak Lawn neighborhood, which is near downtown Dallas.
"Nikita is great for couples or first dates, whether guy meets girl or guy meets guy," Ring said. "We’re located right in front of the Magnolia Theater and also expect to attract before and after movie-goers."
They won’t have trouble finding the bar, thanks to a white neon sign that spells out "Nikita’’ in large Slavic-style characters. Inside, a dark and intimate 850-square-foot bar features sleek black hardwood and concrete floors, a black slate and cherry-wood bar and a thumping mix of techno dance mix. Also on the design front, there’s a steel and concrete stairwell that descends to a 4,000-square-foot subterranean cabaret that includes several small bars. Nikita is at 3699 McKinney Ave., West Village Shopping Center, Dallas; 214-520-6454.
— Rusty Williamson
For the next few months, art aficionados won’t need to cross the pond to view the treasures on display at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. Until March 16, Atlanta’s High Museum of Art will stage "Paris in the Age of Impressionism: Masterworks from the Musée d’Orsay."
The exhibition — which captures the artistic energy of late 19th-century Paris — features about 115 masterpieces from all areas of the Musée d’Orsay’s vast collections, including paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, works on paper and photographs. Some of the creative minds whose works are displayed include Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Rivière, Paul Gauguin and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Pieces are arranged into seven themes:Views of the Modern City, Parisian High Society, Grand Theaters, The Dark Side of the City of Light, The Eiffel Tower, New Directions and Art Nouveau.
Within the Dark Side theme, an oil-on-canvas masterpiece by Edgar Degas, entitled "Café Society" (1875-1876), depicts a working-class French couple intoxicated and showing fatigue in their faces from the daily grind. The painting created uproar among art critics at the 1876 Impressionist exhibition, who felt it contained inappropriate subjects.Following its Atlanta run, the exhibition will travel to Houston, where it will be on display at the Museum of Fine Arts from April 6 through June 29. 1280 Peachtree Street, N.E., Atlanta; 404-733-4444, ParisinAtlanta.org.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)