USA Today: The Nice Guy West Hollywood


usa today nice guyUSA Today: The Nice Guy West Hollywood

Looking for a new spot to relax and enjoy dinner in Los Angeles? The living room-style low tables and ambient lighting make the atmosphere at The Nice Guy a perfect choice.

The Nice Guy is the latest bar-lounge hybrid experience from John Terzian, Brian Toll, Markus Molinari and Adam Koral of The h.wood Group.

“This is [The h.wood Group’s] first venture into a restaurant/lounge concept; it was an organic step for our brand,” says Terzian. “We created a fun and upscale lounge atmosphere that has been lacking in Los Angeles.”

The Nice Guy lounge
Photo courtesy of The Nice Guy

The Nice Guy is a cozy Italian-inspired lounge that is a reservation-only destination. The grand opening was in August 2014.

Guests rave about the lounge’s ingenious creation “The Punch Bowl.” Kris and Cameron — the top-notch, friendly bartenders — suggest that it can serve up to 15! Perfect for your next party.

Enjoy many types of specialty pizza, including the Duck Bahn Mi with duck confit, fontina, pickled carrots, Thai basil and Sriracha sauce. Other recommended specialties are the meatballs with spicy tomato sauce and crispy basil, the Brussels sprouts and the truffle fries.

Maddie, one of the exceptional servers recommends tasting three of their tempting dessert creations. The fresh baked chocolate chip cookies appear still warm from the oven. The affogato with hazelnut ice cream and the made-to-order donuts with chocolate and hazelnut glaze are also winners. (While almost no one can resist fresh chocolate chip cookies, for a unique and tempting treat, you gotta taste these donuts!)

Spicy meatballs are fantastic!
Photo courtesy of Lisa Ellen Niver

Sit in the flower-patterned comfy booth right next to the sultry sounds of live piano playing and singing. Come here to swoon with the ’50s-inspired décor and discover new friends at the traditional chef’s table.

You might need your phone flashlight at the bar to read all the mixology drink creations, but other than that, the low lighting and the overall atmosphere of the lounge work with the singing and piano playing. Call now for your reservation, or otherwise you might have to wait until after Christmas!

“Guests will enjoy a full menu ranging from healthy to the unexpected,” says Chef John Carlos Kuramoto (formerly of Michaels in Santa Monica).

Drinks by Mixologist Brian Stewart of Soho House LA will inspire you and keep you coming back for more and more each visit.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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