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March 15, 2007|Heidi Siegmund Cuda

Looking for eye candy to go with your culinary cravings? These club land hotspots fit the bill.

Geisha House

This piece of Pop art owned by the gents behind Les Deux, Dolce and Bella is the most daring design Hollywood's seen in some time. Its "ginormous" tower of fire, roving glammed-up geishas and combo of video art and simple rural materials (think bamboo and fishing nets) complement executive chef Genichi Mizoguchi's Japanese fare.

* Steamed monkfish, $14. 6633 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, (323) 460-6300.

Hyde

Once inside this pretty, intimate lounge on the Sunset Strip, you'll feel as if you're in a gilded jewel box. The space includes an inverted ceiling, sweet-smelling flowers and a teensy dining area. Its Asian-inspired small plates were created by chef Katsuya Uechi. For dessert, don't miss out on a plate of homemade cookies with chilled milk.

* Kobe beef burger, $18. 8029 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, (323) 656-4933.

Parc

This newly opened oyster and Champagne bar at Hollywood Boulevard and Las Palmas is a homage to all things light, organic and sexy. Picture oyster sliders, caviar and thou in a club that features natural blond wood and a 14-foot tree as the centerpiece. Chef J whips up the treats.

* Artichoke boursin fritters, $8. 6683 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, (323) 465-6200.

Area

Imagine stepping into Lucy and Ricky's Palm Springs hideaway. The white-on-white Midcentury Modern design looks like a lush, expansive living room, with its indoor spaces feeling decidedly outdoor. What better way to celebrate the conveniences of modern-retro clubbing than with good old American comfort food from chef Patrick McCook, served by waitresses in thigh-high go-go boots?

* Spaghetti and meatballs, $16. 643 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., (310) 652-2012.

Royal Claytons

Designer Dana Hollister pulled out all the stops, creating a 17th century gothic pub that's elegant and comfy. It's owned by Elizabeth Peterson, Tony Gower and George Kelly, and it allows weary downtowners to enjoy the light from its stained-glass windows while munching on such inventive fare as Philly cheesesteak spring rolls.

* Spring rolls, $8. 1855 Industrial St., L.A., (213) 622-0512.

-- Heidi Siegmund Cuda

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