I'm Here on Business

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Once your laptop finds the hotel network and you've decided against a the hotel spa's hand massage targeting PDA-related cramps, figure out how and where to maximize your productivity while you're in town.


Power Breakfast

 at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills (schmear on the dotted lox) 

 on Beverly (breakfast standards done with foodie bravado please old and new schools) 

 in West Hollywood (impeccable, dependable English import)

 in Silver Lake (trade the script at hand for the one being written at the next table)

 in Beverly Hills (private, proper, and prestigious) 

Power Lunch

 in Beverly Hills (stylishly sends a laid-back-but-far-from-lazy message)

 at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills (pre- or post-press junket pizza) 

 in Beverly Hills (familiar Cipriani's territory Calfiorniafied)

 in Beverly Hills (where agents take their enemies for chopped salads)  

 in Beverly Hills (temper tense dealings with palm fonds and tortilla soup) 

Power Dinner

 in Century City (Tom Colicchio's star magnet/steak house) 

 in West Hollywood (close the deal over Top Chef alum's much-buzzed about fare) 

 in Beverly Hills (Scott Conant's tony Italian via the Meatpacking District)

 in West L.A. (Japanese omakase with French flair for when discussion is sure to go long)

 in Hollywood (Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton; inspired collabo; superior service) 

Power Drinks 

in Brentwood (small plates and small talk over big drinks) 

in Bel-Air (casual elegance to the nines and cheeky cocktail names that make for good ice breakers) 

at Sunset Tower Hotel on the Sunset Strip (a place to discretely wheel and deal under the guise of a discerning good time) 

Working Overtime

Catch a rock show at the , something classy at , or an outdoor concert at (open seasonally).

See which team is having a bout at : The Lakers, Clippers, Sparks, and Kings all call the arena home.


Get Some Fresh Air

 in West Hollywood (social hikers take stock of each other and the view)

 in Santa Monica (popular hardcore running route and massive staircase scene)

Grab a Bite

 in Mid-City West (carnitas tacos for one, guacamole for two)

 in Santa Monica and Culver City (burgers to write home about) 

 on West 3rd Street (a deli case that hungry foodie dreams are made of)

 Downtown, Brentwood, and Marina Del Rey (no-nonsense fast casual sushi spinoff from infamous Nozawa)

 (Batali/Silverton effort with a wood-fired oven, perfect crust, and usually room for one at the bar) 

in Mid-City West (grab-and-go sandwiches that satisfy)

Break a Sweat

 on Melrose (classes or one-on-one training good for blowing off steam)

 around the city (condensed hour-long workout to tone, strengthen, and stretch) 


 around the city (standard high-volume spa and easy access by appointment)

 in Hollywood and Beverly Hills (hour-long reflexology, head, neck, shoulder, and back massage for $30)

Act Like a Local

Catch a flick in the Cinerama Dome at .

Grab a bite early or late at one of many excellent food stalls at  (recommended: Bob's Coffee and Doughnuts, , ).