Sleek New Restaurant “Paley” Roars to Life in Hollywood

Hollywood’s latest dining and drinking hotspot, Paley, opened recently for lunch and has now added an exquisite dinner service featuring modern California cuisine focusing on local ingredients, a bar menu that includes craft cocktails, a happy hour with insane 50% discounts, and a glorious ’50s Hollywood heyday mid-century design concept.


The restaurant is coined after the late Hollywood legend, CBS CEO, philanthropist, and bon vivant William S. Paley. Paley features many of the same attributes as its namesake: epicurean, elegant, and effective. Paley is located in Columbia Square in the heart of one of Hollywood’s most famous locations. During the peak of the Golden Age of Hollywood, Columbia Square was home to some of the most celebrated celebrities and executives of that era. Paley the restaurant promises to reimagine that creative culture for 2016 and beyond.


Paley is owned and operated by worldwide hospitality group Plan Do See and designed by Bishop Pass to resemble the glory days of Old Hollywood.


The head chef is none other than Greg Bernhardt, a culinary master known for being at the forefront of California’s farm to table movement.


The dishes are routinely fresh and innovative. For a quick lunch you may want to try the Fried Jerk Chicken with piri piri aioli and preserved lemon on sweet roll. Or if you have more time, the delectable appetizers include Beef Tartare with miso, grapefruit, gochujang and mint or the Hamachi with shaved fennel, white soy, wasabi and market citrus.


One speciality that sets Paley apart is their unique prix fixe lunch options for the busy assistant or the gal on the go. Their “Radio Center Lunch” costs $25 for three courses, including dessert.


I love a long happy hour, and on that front Paley doesn’t fail to deliver. From 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the bar only, and includes 50% half-off drafts, wine, and craft cocktails, which usually run in the range of $12 – $14.


Some of our group’s favorites at the surprisingly affordable dinner were the Martini Mussels, Okinawa Potato Ravioli, and the Sea Bass.


And, of course, I couldn’t leave you without mentioning the servings at the bar. Cocktails include The Minor Situation consisting of whiskey, house sour, blackberry and basil, and the Sunset Duchess with blanco tequila, house sour and jalapeño, and the “soft cocktail” Take Fountain made with cranberry, jasmine and orange flower water. The beer and wine list is extensive while being no frills, with most wineries and breweries located in California, but some as far flung as France and Japan. In short, Paley promises to reintroduce Hollywood to the glamour, excitement, and sophistication of its glory days.

Paley is located at 6115 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 100. You can make a reservation here. All photos courtesy of Paley.

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