WHY AOC has an NYC bistro feel with excellent wines by the glass and perfectly ripe cheeses—and staff members who know more than just their name. The Cal-Mediterranean food is always reliable, if a smidge less so than at sister restaurant Lucques.
WHAT Anything vegetable (or animal, for that matter) is coddled by the cooks at this oh-so-hot wine bar and small-plates restaurant—even cod haters will be converted by the fritters with citrus salad and aioli. Don’t skip dessert—all the better to linger with a glass of Muscat and take in the nuevo-bistro feel, complete with the requisite high-decibel chatter.
WHO D girls, agents and food-and-wine lovers traveling from the Palisades and Pasadena.