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Back in the day, the Palm, Dan Tana's and the Polo Lounge were de rigueur industry hangs in the Los Angeles area. But old-school standbys including Mastro's in Beverly Hills and Asia de Cuba in West Hollywood have had to renovate and expand to keep up with newcomers like ICM's Hinoki & the Bird in Century City and Ammo in Hollywood. Still heavily in the mix per our palate polling: the Four Seasons, Barney Greengrass, Katsuya, Boa, Soho House and the Tower Bar. Plus, as Brian Bumbery of BB Gun Press notes, "There's always, always, always Mr. Chow."

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