There are times when tourists get the best of a city. Travelers often see the most inviting sides of a destination, views and food included, while locals are more attune to its rougher edges. That can often be the case in L.A., but at least the Ritz-Carlton has found an elevated middle ground. Its downtown location – with a poolside eatery that allows for a sweeping Eastside to Westside panorama – has opened to the public, and locals can see their hometown with the rose-colored glasses of guests now until September 5.
Head to the WP24 Rooftop Patio every Friday and Saturday evening, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., to eat from an Asian-inspired menu with inventive cocktails. The muted tones of the al fresco restaurant is secluded from the pool, but wraparound glass windows still showcase a city that glitters in a setting sun. Start with the albacore ceviche mixed with Thai basil and chilies, or cool off with a halo halo coupe layered with mango and pineapple shaved ice. The roasted kurobuta pork banh mi with pickled vegetables and wagyu beef sliders topped with Vermont cheddar can be shared amongst friends. As the sunset finishes, sip cocktails made with ingredients grown steps from the restaurant, like the pele pomegranate cocktail topped with cucumber or the ku mai tai with blood orange juice.
By the end of the evening, locals will feel as pampered as guests.