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Silver Lake's Cliff's Edge Gets a New Chef

Vartan Abgaryan arrives at the famed restaurant with the lovely patio Dec. 1. Will he help raise Silver Lake's profile as a dining destination?

 

Silver Lake's Cliff's Edge is getting a new chef, Vartan Abgaryan of the Roosevelt Hotel's Public Kitchen & Bar.

Abgaryan will start officially on Dec. 1, the restaurant told us.

But the Los Angeles Times reports, he's already shaken up the menu inherited from Benjamin Bailey, the 30-year-old James Beard nominee who left in September.

No cause has been given for Bailey's departure.

The buzz around Bailey had helped make Cliff's Edge a destination for its food as well as its dramatic stacked patio in the past year, attracting celebrities including Jennifer Aniston and Gwen Stefani. 

According to the Times, Abgaryan's new menu features  local, seasonal seafood, meats and veggies.

Clams with Riesling, flowering chives, sumac and crème fraich sounded especially tempting to us.

Cliff's Edge, the former location of Flamingo, a legendary women's bar, was opened by Dana Hollister eight years ago.

Hollister owns Echo Park's The Brite Spot and Villain's Tavern in Downtown L.A., as well as the 5-acre Paramour estate on Micheltorena Street.

Whether Abgaryan's arrival can help raise Silver Lake's profile overall as a dining destination remains to be seen.

The area is still considered to lag other areas, despite recent arrivals Black Hogg and Red Hill, among others.

Mike Hughes November 16, 2012 at 08:22 AM
With a name like that, he's got to be Armenian. It's only a matter of time until Echo Park will look like Glendale!.......(sigh!)
Hugo R. Ajanel November 16, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Mike is right I lived in Glendale , and I had my share of bad times with Armeians, either while shopping in the market, or while driving, they have no respect of others, I wonder why. ?
Anthea Raymond (Editor) November 16, 2012 at 06:03 PM
@Guys--I so appreciate your both weighing in, but I'm going to close off this thread for a while. We need to keep it positive and avoid what could be perceived as racial slurs. AR
Hugo R. Ajanel November 16, 2012 at 06:37 PM
One of the reasons I moved from glendale, Arminians do not respect others, either in the market while shopping or while driving, I wonder why they are like that , can some one explain ?
Michelle N November 16, 2012 at 08:50 PM
We dined at Cliff's Edge last night and had a fabulous time! It was Oyster night, too so we had to order that. Fabulous cocktails too and great service.

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