Best First Online Dinner-Date Spot, August 2012
Congrats! You've made it through the online dating checklist: decent phone convo, coffeehouse meeting, drinks at a local (but not so local that you'd be recognized) bar. Now it's time for a romantic (but not too romantic) dinner at Cliff's Edge. Silver Lake's candlelit grotto recently brought on James Beard-nominated chef Benjamin Bailly (Fraîche, Petrossian), whose farm-fresh menu is tasteful but doesn't punish the pocketbook. Encourage dialogue with a Bee's Knees cocktail while slurping bivalve aphrodisiacs from the new oyster bar. Not working out? Hide your smart phone under a Moroccan pillow and begin the search for a new match.
The sprawling hillside patio at this Silver Lake hideaway lights up at night like the Swiss Family Robinson's cafeteria. Look for small dishes of ricotta bruschetta topped with marinated grapes, savory pumpkin ravioli, and a perfect plate of sliced grilled sirloin and melted Gorgonzola.