Haute Secrets: Melissa Rivers’ Guide to Los Angeles

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WHERE WERE YOU BORN: New York

HOW LONG IN LOS ANGELES: Since the age of three

NEIGHBORHOOD: I grew up in Bel-Air. Now I am living in Pacific Palisades.

OCCUPATION: Host, producer, author, and mom

FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Vincenti Ristorante in Brentwood

BEST STEAKHOUSE: Boa Steakhouse in Santa Monica

BEST SUSHI: Katsu-Ya

BEST ETHNIC FOOD: Aroma Cafe’s Israeli food in Encino

BEST ITALIAN: Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica

BEST PIZZA: Tivoli Café in Pacific Palisades

BEST LUNCH: The Ivy in Beverly Hills

BEST PLACE FOR LATE NIGHT DINING: Pink’s Hot Dogs

BEST DESSERT: Susie Cakes Bakery’s red velvet cupcakes in Brentwood

BEST PLACE FOR A ROMANTIC DATE: Hotel Bel-Air

BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH: Four Seasons Hotel

BEST PLACE FOR A POWER BUSINESS MEETING: Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel

IF YOU HAVE OUT OF TOWN GUESTS, WHICH HOTEL WOULD YOU RECOMMEND? Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica

FAVORITE SHOPPING VENUE/BOUTIQUE: Elyse Walker in Pacific Palisades

BEST PLACE TO BUY JEWELRY/WATCHES: XIV Karats Ltd. in Beverly Hills and Jaimie Geller Jewelry in Pacific Palisades

BEST SPA: The Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel

BEST GYM/ATHLETIC FACILITY: Equinox

BEST MASSAGE: Susan Ahdoot in Los Angeles

BEST LIMOUSINE/DRIVING SERVICE: Epic Transportation Services

FAVORITE CHARITY EVENT: The Bogart Pediatrics Cancer Research Program and Waterkeeper Alliance

FAVORITE CULTURAL EVENT: The American Ballet Theater comes to L.A. every year.

FAVORITE CULTURAL INSTITUTION: Museum of Tolerance

BEST MUSEUM/EXHIBIT: Getty Museum in Malibu

FAVORITE HISTORIC/LEGENDARY PLACE TO SEE OR EXPLORE: Griffith Park Observatory

ALL-AROUND FAVORITE SPOT IN LOS ANGELES: Pacific Palisades Village

BEST ASPECT OF LOS ANGELES: The sun and the beaches!

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