Considering I grew up in LA and lived for years in NYC, I have loads of favorite places in each locale. Funny enough (wink wink), the main character in my debut novel On Grace also grew up in LA and lived for years in NYC. She and I now both live in Westchester County. But different towns.
In honor of the release of On Grace, a page-turner that has been making women wonder, “What would I do?” I’ve put together a list of places Grace visits in LA and NYC throughout the course of the novel…
Fred Segal – This iconic store, located in Santa Monica, is actually a combination of specialty boutiques: shoes, designer clothes, accessories, kids’ wear, a florist, a café, and much more. Grace and her sister Eva enjoy a day of shopping at Fred Segal during Grace’s trip home to see her friends and family. I love Ron Robinson; Grace is partial to Jet.
Chin Chin – This is decidedly not a hot new place on the LA dining scene. This is tried-and-true, old-school LA. The cuisine at Chin Chin is known as California Chinese, and it is delicious. During lunch with her sister at Chin Chin’s Brentwood location, Grace has a butterfly-inducing run-in with an old flame. I love the bao; Grace orders the famous chicken salad.
Koi — Grace and her high-school friends celebrate a friend’s engagement at this sexy Hollywood hot spot. Make sure you get a table on the back patio. Grace’s night at Koi is, let’s say, full of surprises! I go crazy for the Koi Crispy Rice; Grace loves the saketinis.
New York City
EJ’s Luncheonette — There’s nothing better than pancakes for breakfast. Except, possibly, pancakes for lunch. Grace and her best friend Cameron meet for lunch at the UES location because Grace has some important news to discuss. I go for the vegetarian Reubens; Grace tries to eat healthfully and orders the multigrain pancakes but by the end of lunch, she wishes she’d ordered the ones with chocolate chips. And extra whipped cream.
BG Restaurant at Bergdorf Goodman — Want to really lunch like a lady? BG, with its gorgeous design and Central Park views is a perfect spot. Grace and Cameron throw a going-away party at BG. I order the shrimp salad; Grace starts with the deviled eggs and then orders the Gotham salad.
The Campbell Apartment — At this hidden gem in Grand Central, you’ll step back in time and enjoy the luxury and grandeur of a different era. Grace meets her father for a drink here before their dinner at another of Grand Central’s gastronomic treasures, The Oyster Bar. At a place like this, I order a Manhattan; Grace sticks with wine.
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