STK, whose sexy vibes and approachable steaks have populated the restaurant-rich part of La Cienega for about five years, has shifted over to a much larger space in the newly rebranded W Hotel Los Angeles — West Beverly Hills. Though that neighborhood doesn't really exist, and the place is clearly in Westwood (just steps from the Village), STK promises to infuse a heavy dose of nightlife fun and glamorous fare for the jet set and scenesters when it opens on June 29.
As part of the hotel's $25 million dollar renovation, STK takes over the old NineThirty and Whisky Blue to combine as one massive lounge and steakhouse. Chef Roberto Liberato, who worked at BLT Steak before moving over to The One Group, has created a tight and polished menu of steaks, seafood entrees, salads, and creative sides like lobster mac & cheese, jalepeno cheddar grits, and cauliflower gratin.
The steaks themselves won't necessarily impress the über beef maven, though 30-day wet aged cuts like a bone-in filet, New York Strip, and even porterhouse will be sure to satisfy most people. With a pretty terrific pepper-laden seasoning and a dark sear from 1000 degree broilers (plus semi-reasonable prices for a high quality steak), it's a nice place to take folks who want to enjoy the shiny parts of L.A.
As for the interior, the digs are much bigger here, though the same black and white motif sticks around. Those famous white horns, which decorate STK's Las Vegas and New York locations, also come along for the ride. There's a large lower level for more casual dining (though one should skip the flip flops and opt for the pumps and dress shoes), while the upstairs has those same circular banquettes that are ideal for people-watching. And if the neighborhood is any indication, there will be plenty of that, with celebrities like Mario Lopez, Courtney Cox, and Omar Benson Miller showing up for the pre-opening part last night.
Hours run nightly from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays, and until 1 a.m. on weekends, which means light night beef lovers can get their fix on Fridays and Saturdays.