The Palm was perhaps L.A.’s first clubby, industry-oriented steak specialist, as well-known for its powerful clientele as for its prime beef. The venerable spot re-opened this month near Bouchon in Beverly Hills after almost 40 years on Santa Monica Blvd. Only a few of the famous caricatures made the move, joining a huge mural of L.A. landmarks and a depiction of Sherry Lansing, Amy Pascal and Sue Mengers as Charlie’s Angels.
The updated menu now offers the likes of kale salad with currants and pan-roasted whole branzino to counter the beef emphasis. High ceilings, white tablecloths and plenty of big black booths are comfy for business lunches, though the noise level is fairly high. Private dining areas can be booked for more intimate events.
Signature items like the Louis “Gigi” Delmaestro Salad with shrimp, green beans and bacon and the creamed spinach are marked on the menu with a palm symbol, of course.
Eat: prime New York strip steak, Nova Scotia lobsters, veal parmigiana
Drink: Rye & Pear; Elit Cosmo with white cranberry juice; Cakebread Cellars Dancing Bear Ranch Cabernet
Go: 267 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills