Alan Nathan
As the President & CEO of Choice Hospitality Group, Alan Nathan is a local tastemaker and one of Los Angeles’ leading restaurant experts. His experience in hospitality began in 1998, and after only one year in business, his first venue, Tengu, was honored by Conde Nast Traveler as “One of 100 Hot Tables…The World’s Most Exciting New Restaurants from Rome to Rio”. He later went on to open several other unique, cutting-edge venues: Fuel Bar in Hollywood, Nacional, The Ivar, Paladar Bistro Cubano, Lincoln Steakhouse Americana, NINETHIRTY & The Backyard at W Los Angeles – Westwood, Holly’s Bar and Lounge, Playhouse Hollywood, Sweet Love Hangover, The Vanguard Nightclub, Lexington Social House, China White and The Fairfax. Nathan is responsible for the overall vision of the company, ranging from strategic planning to investor relations.
Where were you born ?
Johannesburg, South Africa
How long in Los angeles:
20 years
West Hollywood
Hospitality Industry
Favorite Restaurant:
My restaurant NINETHIRTY at the W Los Angeles - Westwood. But other than my own, I love Culina at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills
Best Sushi:
“The Original” Matsuhisa on La Cienega
Best Ethnic Food:
Picca ( Peruvian)
Best Italian:
Best place for late night dining:
Swingers West Hollywood
Best dessert:
the incredible butterscotch pot du crème at Gjelina
Best place for a romantic date:
Café Delfini in Rustic Canyon
Best Sunday brunch:
The alfresco Sunday Brunch in The Backyard at the W Hotel in Westwood
Hautest Club/Lounge:
Playhouse Hollywood
Best place for a power business meeting:
The outdoor patio at Bar Nineteen 12 at the Beverly Hills Hotel
All-around favorite spot in Los angeles:
The hike from Puerco Canyon to Corral Canyon in the ‘Bu
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
The W Los Angeles – Westwood, which has the biggest suites of any W around
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
James Perse
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Morgan & Company Jewellers in Westwood Village, for their incredible colored gemstones and Patek Philippe watches
Best Spa:
Spa Montage
Favorite Charity Event:
Backstage at the Geffen
Favorite Cultural Event:
Artist for a New South Africa (ANSA) annual gala
Favorite Cultural Institution:
L.A. Philharmonic – at Disney Concert Hall and especially their summer concerts under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl
Best Aspect of Los angeles:
The year-round spring weather. You just can’t beat that.
Best Steakhouse:
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse
Best Pizza:
Best Lunch:
Portavilla on Canon Drive
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Equinox West Hollywood
Best Massage:
Blissage 75 with parasango at the W hotel in Westwood
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Diva Limousines
Best Museum/Exhibit:
Hammer Museum
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Griffith Observatory
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