by Jade P. on
I would have given this place 4 stars if the prices weren't so high and if the drinks weren't so inconsistent. I had their classic margarita and their blood orange martini and the blood orange martini is, by far, the better choice. I found the margaritas either too strong or way too sour (and expensive for $13!). Furthermore, every drink was always different from the one before! I LOVED their bison sliders. They were very moist and the buns were perfectly toasted. Their plantain chips were a bit too salty, but the guacamole dip that came along with them was very good (and a bit spicy!). I wouldn't recommend the spoons filled with fish and beans. The two ingredients didn't complement one another. The music was very fun and the dance floor upstairs was nice and spacious. The DJ spun old-school tunes from the 80's that were light and great for dancing with friends. I am not sure whether I'd come back, but it's worth a try.
by Adam B. on
Consider this the first non-employee Kress review. So how did I review a place that hasn't officially opened to the public yet? Simple. The Kress is currently doing a series of pre-opening events to get things ready and I went to one for JDate (Don't start...at least that is a dating site ;) and while I didn't hook up with any overly-Jewy gals I did get to see what has happened to one of the big department stores in old time Hollywood. Instead of finding aisles of shoes and suits, I found people wearing them instead pouring beers and fru-fru drinks. I mainly stayed on the rooftop bar which offers an incredible view of Hollywood and the surroundings. That alone might be the reason to come here. But the decor is really attractive. Very Asian. Especially in the restaurant area which wasn't open (there was no food at the party) but I did get to take a good look at the first floor restaurant and there's definitely a lot of Asian influence which I suppose is based on Troy Thompson's previous culinary backgrounds. I'll definitely be curious as to what the food is like once the place opens for real later in Summer 2008. As for will I get in? That's another story since they're definitely promoting this to the hilt as the next big Hollywood Blvd. Paparazzi A-Lister hangout alongside Le Deux, Katsu-Ya and the like.
by Nichelle Jennie on
not bad, not bad. But it's def a sort of yipster place -- its a bar with art in it (or...to help sucker a few people in a "gallery opening"). But reasonable drinks, and a decent crowd (esp. if you are single guy). But like another reviewer said - kinda feels like a modern day high school party with everyone trying just a little too hard to be cool.