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Located in the old United Artists Theatre space, the new Ace Hotel kept the Spanish Gothic architecture and transformed the existing building into a rooftop lounge, hotel, adjacent concert and movie hall, and restaurant.
For its in-house eatery, L.A. Chapter, the Ace partnered with Brooklyn restaurateur and owner of Five Leaves, Jud Mongell, and executive chef Ken Addington; chef Micah Fields oversees the daily kitchen operations. The atmosphere is similar to a French bistro with a cute outdoor patio, brass tables, mirrored walls, and black and white tile floors.
Standout appetizers include the hamachi crudo, chopped kale salad, watermelon and cucumber salad, tuna tartare, and sea urchin chitarra. Main dish favorites include the pancetta wrapped stuffed rabbit loin, sweet pea and burrata agnolotti, and the Five Leaves burger with harissa mayo, sunny side up eggs, and grilled pineapple. Desserts are all worth ordering, thanks to master pastry chef Ricky Webster, and include squash blossom cheesecake, sweet corn budino, and a mint chocolate meringata, among other seasonal items.
The bar at L.A. Chapter serves local craft beer and market-driven libations. Diners can head up to the rooftop lounge before or after dinner for an innovative frozen or tropical cocktail, classic martini, or glass of wine while enjoying the panoramic view of downtown Los Angeles.