Photos: Paley, A New Mid-Century Restaurant In Hollywood
Paley, a striking and meticulously designed mid-century modern restaurant, is now serving up contemporary cuisine in Hollywood.
Paley, found at Sunset and Gower in Hollywood, quietly began their lunch service a few weeks ago, but has just started offering dinner as well. While the food is particularly delicious, the space itself is perhaps even more impressive. Once the home of Brittingham's Radio Center Restaurant for CBS Studios and before that the site of film studio Nestor Film Company—considered the first film production company in Hollywood—Paley is part of an onslaught of development and new upscale eateries that are opening ahead of Viacom and Netflix's move to the block. The restaurant takes its name from the late CBS CEO, William S. Paley, whose name may already be familiar to you as he also founded the Paley Center for Media.
The gorgeous design, which general manager Nicolas Fanucci tells LAist is inspired by the "classic gathering spots of old Hollywood," comes from Japanese hospitality group Plan Do See and Los Angeles-based studio Bishop Pass. The sleek look can be found in even the tiniest details, including the table settings and bright, white napkins embroidered with Paley's logo.
As for the food, Chef Greg Bernhardt (Church & State) concocted a menu relying on local ingredients.
"We generally cook very simply, so we focus on great ingredients and try respect them with the best technique we can. For inspiration, it could be a great product like the perfect peach from Santa Monica Farmer's Market, or a beautiful pork chop from Niman Ranch that sets the fire. After that, all bets are off: any flavor, any combination, as long as deliciousness is the end goal," Bernhardt says.
We stopped by for lunch for their prix fixe "Radio Center Lunch" option, which is a three-course mid-day meal for $25. Here, you are invited to choose between two options for each course: butter lettuce salad or speckled Cesar; Pappardelle or Fried Jerk Chicken Sandwich; Financier or House-Spun Ice Cream/Sorbet. (We suggest the Chinese 5-spice ice cream, if it's available.) You can also order any of these items on their own, of course. And for vegans, they have a smoked seitan sandwich with avocado, chickpeas, cucumber and sprouts on 7 grain bread.
If your boss allows a cocktail with lunch, as all good power lunches should include, we suggest the Minor Situation—whiskey, house sour, blackberry and basil—or the Black Rabbit with whiskey, lapsang souchong infused cherry heering. All craft cocktails are $14 when it's not happy hour.
The dinner menu boasts numerous raw options; a beef tartare with miso, grapefruit, gochujang and mint; Okinawa Potato Raviolo with egg yolk and mushroom broth, and a Manhattan Steak dry-aged with potato puree and torpedo onions, among other options. Entrees range between $18 and $30, while apps hover around $12.
Lunch service runs on week days from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Happy hour is from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the bar only, and includes half-off drafts, wine and craft cocktails. Brunch will begin on May 7 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the weekends. (On Sunday, May 8, brunch will be expanded to 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for Mother's Day.)
Paley is located at 6115 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, 323-544-9430.