To dine now or later, that is the question. Enter Rose’s Luxury and you’ll need to decide whether you’re heading upstairs for drinks or settling in for a meal at one of their many nooks. This dining room exudes fun, especially at the kitchen-facing counter. The décor is decidedly laid-back, with an array of bare wood tables and exposed bulbs that make you feel like you’re in someone’s backyard. This casual mood means you’ll spot all types inside, including couples with tots in tow.
Sample the kitchen's greatest work by way of its food, which is enticingly creative yet astutely executed. Pasta lovers will devour the dedicated list, revealing such plates as "Little Spindles" draped in a sauce made from puréed broccoli, enriched with aged Gouda, and embellished by a judicious bit of green chili. Salt and pepper catfish served with a caviar-crowned tartar sauce, is as extravagant as a side of warm and crisp hush puppies.
Desserts are often unexpected but assuredly stirring. Sample a wedge of the crème fraîche tart (à la Nancy Silverton's Campanile in LA). This decadent classic joins the hit list, thanks to its puffy, tender base, creamy, perfectly tart filling, and diced pineapple garnish.