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The Dish: The Park, Vinoteque, The Oak Room

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Welcome back to the Eater Dish, a look at some recent openings around town. See, taste, drink a debut? We're all ears.

ECHO PARK: A reader tipped us off about The Park's recent debut, an everyday neighborhood bistro that's casual, eclectic, run by three friends who did all the renovations by themselves (with the help of more friends). Classic Echo Park. The room has salvaged light fixtures, natural woods, "gentle colors." Chef and co-owner Joshua Siegel, who put in some time at Square One and SF's Firefly, came up with an understated and inexpensive the menu: spaghetti and meatballs, roast chicken, hangar steak. Hey, they know their 'hood. (1400 Sunset Blvd, 213.482.9209)

CULVER CITY: BottleRock co-founder Adam Fleischman's Vinoteque opens in the former Synergy Cafe space this weekend. (Daily Candy says today, Fleischman says "hopefully this weekend" due to some last minute issues). It's a wine bar, shop and live entertainment venue all in one, kind of cozy, warm colors, designed by Ana Henton (Silverlake Wines, Bread Bar). There's a small menu of nibbles and noshes---wine food---and lots of by-the-glass wines and more than 250 labels. (4437 Sepulveda Blvd, 310.482.3490)

PACIFIC PALISADES: Former Mayor Richard Riordan has successfully and finally brought the second liquor license to the Palisades: The Oak Room opened adjacent to the Village Pantry, which he recently took over. Add this to The Original Pantry and Riordan's Tavern downtown, and Gladstone's, and hizzoner is starting to look like a regular Wolfgang Puck. Clubby steakhosue, yet casual enough in a tony beachy enclave sort of way. Exec chef Douglas Silberberg worked at Water Grill and Michael's. (1035 Swarthmore Ave, 310.454.3337)

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