10.01.2015
An extensive redesign and new menu bring a whole new dining experience to downtown’s premier steakhouse
(Los Angeles, CA)—Opening on Tuesday, October 5th for lunch and then Thursday, October 8th for dinner, Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse is proud to unveil the exciting reinvention of this Bunker Hill culinary institution. Following a “down to the studs” renovation and overall revamp of the menu, the 16-year old steakhouse, by celebrated Chef and Founder of Patina Restaurant Group Joachim Splichal, is set to dazzle guests both old and new. Chic décor that embodies the traditions of a classic steakhouse with a touch of contemporary flair and a menu that celebrates cured meat selection with an emphasis on a 28-day onsite aging of premium cuts are just the start of the changes. Comprehensive raw bar and seafood options, a wine program consisting of  over 500 labels including selections from Splichal’s personally selected vintages, a mixology program rooted in mid-century cocktails and unparalleled service for which the brand is known, will be at the core of the new iteration of Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse.

Design of Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse
The new design of the Nick + Stef’s is a thoughtful dream of designer Christian Schnyder of Beleco. The entire space has been tailored for casual fine dining with a contemporary interpretation on mid-century modern. Custom and hand-selected furnishing and fixtures dot the newly imagined front bar, complete with lush caramel leather window seating areas and a glass-encased bar with walnut top and marble sides beckoning patrons to indulge in a sip or two before moving to the adjacent dining room.

In hues of coral blues, caramel, and brass touches, the formal dining room, overseen by General Manager Aron Cohen, is strategically divided into two intimate spaces conducive for both  quiet conversation and power meals. A custom frosted glass door, complete with a geometric pattern reminiscent of the art deco age, provides an atmosphere that is comfortable yet refined. Custom leather banquettes abut textured midnight blue walls surrounded by pin lights and carefully curated art selected by Splichal himself. Brush brass accents add a touch of glamour throughout the two dining areas. 

The back portion of the main dining room is also home to two unique spaces. To the left, lined by floor-to-ceiling windows and mirrored by the signature frosted glass dividing wall, sits the first of two private dining rooms complete with a television for working lunches or dinners. A secondary private dining room located outside the main dining space is also available with stunning brass, textured walls and a dramatic custom walnut table. Nick + Stef’s signature dry-aging room is spotlighted by custom wood wall frames and is located behind a 12-top communal marble table with a custom industrial chandelier. 

Thought and consideration to detail is also discovered in the leather aprons of the bar staff and refined uniforms of the servers in the main dining room. Additionally, numerous custom service wares including a select knife presentation upon meat order and copper bowls for tableside service presented on roaming carts.

Executive Chef
German Master Chef Andreas Roller, an internationally educated and experienced culinary talent, has created a global and diverse menu for the 2015 relaunch of Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse sourcing only the finest cuts of meat and carefully curated selection of produce and other specialty items. With a long and dedicated relationship with Patina Restaurant Group, including stints at the Hollywood Bowl and Disney Concert Hall, Roller anchors the kitchen with international flair.

Past culinary experience also includes tenures at three Michelin-starred restaurants, projects in Australia and London, along with the 2004 Olympics and the world’s only seven-star hotel, the Burj Al Arab located in Dubai.

Nick + Stef’s Cuisine
Adhering to the founding principles of Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse, the menu by Executive Chef Andreas Roller remains focused on celebrating top tier ingredients through traditional steakhouse fare with a contemporary flair. As to be expected, meat is the focal point of both the lunch and dinner menu. USDA prime onsite 28-day dry-aged selections in addition to showstopper options such as a Tomahawk Rib Chop or Prime Fiorentine T-Bone are carefully grilled over oak and mesquite. Other large-scale menu items, available for pre-order, include a Whole Roasted Suckling Pig, Dry-Aged Prime Rib, Whole Roasted Leg of Colorado Lamb and Loup de Mer. For individual dining, other new meat experiences include Black Angus Beef, imported and domestic Wagyu, along with a varied selection of grass-fed cuts.  Burgers and sandwiches are also showcased during lunch service. The menu also features smaller bites during lunch or dinner and an extensive list of returning classic sides alongside new innovative vegetable small plates.

The new menu includes an expanded look at seafood, inclusive of entrees, a raw bar with $3 oysters, seafood cocktails, and shellfish platters. The new seafood program is focused on fresh-catch fish selections. 

Rounding out the menu for lunch and dinner, a dessert course highlights items that evoke a sense of comfort and contentment. Warm Buttermilk Cinnamon Doughnuts, Rum Raisin Chocolate Soufflé Cake, Oatmeal Cookie, and a large selection of domestic cheeses are just a few of the choices.

Nick + Stef’s Beverage Program
Whether for after work drinks or to supplement a formal dining experience, Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse will be a premier destination for wine and mixology lovers. The sleek front bar captures the overall spirit of the new Nick + Stef’s with a varied menu saluting classic libations and introducing contemporary signature cocktails. With a focus on carefully curated small batch labels and top-shelf selections, the cocktail program harkens to the golden age of steakhouses when a steak was always consumed with a cocktail in hand.

For wine aficionados, this may be the most exciting new wine list in the city. The new menu presents over 500 labels reaching across the globe while incorporating private vintages selected personally by Splichal, in partnership with the dedicated Sommelier/Assistant General Manager Alejandro Marchesini.  The wine list features many labels previously only found at auction and not available at other dining destinations in the city.

Patina Restaurant Group’s popular water menu, crafted by America’s only water sommelier, featuring 4 flat and 4 sparkling natural spring waters will be offered as well. 
About Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse
Named for Patina Restaurant Group Founder / Chef Joachim Splichal’s two sons, the restaurant opened its doors in 1999. The sophisticated, contemporary, and eclectic setting includes a stunning outdoor terrace for al fresco dining and after-work cocktails, as well as the only display dry-aging room in Los Angeles. Open for lunch Monday- Friday and dinner seven nights a week, Nick & Stef’s is a premier destination for meat lovers of all stripes in the heart of downtown L.A.

Contact(s)

Press Contacts:
Lisa Cohen / Marcella Thompkins
Wagstaff Worldwide
323.871.1151
lcohen@wagstaffworldwide.com 
marcella@wagstaffworldwide.com 
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