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 is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is a speaker at the Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Dallas Travel and Adventure Shows for 2023. Her podcast, “Make Your Own Map,” has been watched in more than 11 countries on 4 continents. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. Look for her memoir in Fall 2023 from Post Hill Press/Simon and Schuster. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have nearly 2 million views. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. 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 times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.7 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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