Darren Dzienciol serves as yet another entertainment heavyweight in the industry, partnering with nightlife gurus Brent Bolthouse, Jenifer Rosero, and Guy Starkman. Though his first love is fashion (he was offered a spot on Tommy Hilfiger’s team, released his own line, and spent time in Paris for Fashion Week), it brought him back to Los Angeles to partner with Guy Starkman and re-open the popular Guy’s nightclub in 2008. Dzienciol is presently still partnered with the aforementioned three to bring you Trousdale, a new haute spot for the hip and trendy, which opened March 9.
Where were you born ?
Los Angeles (Cedars–Sinai, across the street from my first club, Guy’s)
How long in Los angeles:
Beverly Hills and West Hollywood
The Omakase (Chefs choice) at Sushi Nozawa melts in your mouth.
Best Ethnic Food:
Taverna Tony; the peasant salad, slow roasted lamb, and flaming saganaki cheese is amazing. I have had many birthday lunches there.
Madeo is an all around classic spot.
Best place for late night dining:
Partner Guy Starkman’s Jerry’s Famous Deli, of course. Out of 700 items on the menu, I’ve tried every single thing at least once.
The soufflé at the Polo Lounge
Best place for a romantic date:
Le Petit L’ermitage Hotel Roof, but even if you find a parking space, I suggest you valet. One time, my date and I took a cab back, thanks to West Hollywood Towing.
Best Sunday brunch:
Waffles and sushi at the Four Seasons Hotel—I mean, what a combo!
Trousdale, Soho House
Best place for a power business meeting:
Chateau Marmont—Brent [Bolthouse] and I had our first business lunch meeting here.
All-around favorite spot in Los angeles:
The Hollywood Bowl—Andy Hewitt has taken care of me every summer.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
For superior service and ultimate luxury, The Peninsula.
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Maxfield for Rick Owens
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Maxfield has vintage Rolexes, Hermes bracelets, etc.
Century Spa in Koreatown for a traditional scrub and massage, or Ciel Spa at SLS for your luxury spa.
Favorite Charity Event:
Favorite Cultural Event:
Coachella Music Festival—pretty cultural if you ask me
Favorite Cultural Institution:
The Griffith Observatory
Best Aspect of Los angeles:
The weather and the convenience of anything, from great food, easy parking, and access to whatever you desire.
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener, and Boa, directly across the street from Trousdale. I always get a ribeye, medium rare.
Pizzeria Mozza for aging the dough and using olive wood to burn.
Joan’s on Third; get the chicken Milanese sandwich or the Chinese chicken salad
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
The Bunker Beverly Hills by Adam Ernster
It varies, I’m always looking for the next best, for now I’d say Burke Williams was able to put me to sleep.
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Mike Bolton of La Cienega Transportation
MOCA for contemporary art and the J. Paul Getty Museum for pre-20th century paintings