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 Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one million views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 150,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been a finalist for six Southern California Journalism Awards in the past three years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.

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