Because every man needs a plan, we present Where to Take Her: a decision tree series that answers a gentleman's most pressing lifestyle questions and recurs whenever we damn well feel like it. Up first: the first date. Godspeed.
Acabar: Hollywood, convivial. Here there be gypsetters.
The Larchmont: Larchmont, romantic, spendy.
South End: Venice, local wine, 28 seats.
Bucato: Culver City, romantic, pretty much pasta heaven.
Pearl’s: West Hollywood, convivial, oh look: Ed Hardy.
Connie & Ted’s: West Hollywood, bar scene, so damn lovable.
Nikita: Malibu, romantic, lovely porch on the water.
Alma: Downtown, romantic, Bon Appétit's best new restaurant of 2013.
Pace: Laurel Canyon, romantic, spendy.
chi SPACCA: Hancock Park, romantic, beef and marrow pie, my friend.
Crossroads: West Hollywood, romantic, mushroom and farro sliders: yep.
Mélisse: Santa Monica, romantic, caviar, white truffles, cocktails.
Trois Mec: Hancock Park, 24 seats, damn tasty, looks like a pizza place.
Gjelina: Venice, convivial, low light, a mainstay.
No Vacancy: Hollywood, speakeasy, many surprises await.