As founder of The Cinema Society, Andrew Saffir’s exclusive movie screenings are among the most coveted invites in New York. Over the years, Saffir has amassed an A-list rolodex, which makes his events all the more special. Whether it’s a Woody Allen movie premiere or the recent final season premiere of Girls, Saffir always brings out a stellar crowd. Naturally, he spends a lot of time in LA during awards season. This is his LA Blackbook.
WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO STAY DURING AWARDS SEASON IN LOS ANGELES AND WHY?
The Peninsula. Fantastic service and staff, the comfiest beds, and monogrammed pillowcases for each of us!
BEST RESTAURANT FOR CELEBRITY SIGHTINGS:
Tower Bar and Chateau Marmont.
FAVORITE PLACE FOR COCKTAILS:
Tower Bar (get a Southside), Chateau Marmont garden, Soho House.
WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO SHOP?
Tom Ford, Brunello Cucinelli, Loro Piana, Ralph Lauren.
BEST PLACE TO GO FOR A DAY TRIP:
Does Malibu count as a day trip? If so, head for glam Nobu and devour their signature delicious Japanese cuisine with the waves crashing beside you (or the new Soho House Malibu).
LACMA OR THE BROAD?
CHATEAU MARMONT OR SUNSET TOWER?
Love both – Chateau for a cool and hip dinner in the garden; Sunset Tower/Tower Bar for an old-Hollywood-style glam supper (and Dimitri! – Tower Bar’s famous maître d’).
BEVERLY HILLS OR BEL AIR?
I like Beverly Hills, though Daniel (my partner) would say Bel Air!
LA’S BEST KEPT SECRET:
It’s not a secret for LA’ers, but a lot of New Yorkers don’t know about Joan’s on Third. The best take-away food anywhere. Everything is perfect. We go daily when we are there. They have homemade pop tarts!
The Peninsula Beverly Hills | 9882 S Santa Monica Blvd | 310 551 2888
Tower Bar | Sunset Tower Hotel, 8358 Sunset Blvd | 323 848 6677
Chateau Marmont | 8221 Sunset Blvd | 323 656 1010
Soho House West Hollywood | 9200 Sunset Blvd | 310 432 9200
Nobu | 903 La Cienega Blvd | 310 657 5711
LACMA | 5905 Wilshire Blvd | 323 857 6000
Joan’s on Third | 8350 W 3rd St | 323 655 2285