Ray Stark – Hollywood film producer, power broker and art collector – was born October 3, 1915 in Chicago, Illinois. Ray’s Restaurant and Stark Bar – the Patina Group’s new Mediterranean restaurant and bar, featuring farm-to-table ingredients and hand-crafted cocktails – was born March 5, 2011, adjacent to the new Resnick Pavilion at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The bar and restaurant – sleek, contemporary, minimalist – was designed by the long-time LACMA go-to firm, Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The decor features usable art by Eva Zeisel, Russel Wright, Charles and Ray Eames, and Herman Miller, among others. The food – seasonal, most of it from the restaurant’s wood-burning oven and grill – is designed by acclaimed chef Kris Morningstar (Mercantile, District, Casa). The cocktails are the work of Michel Dozois (Neve Ice), and sommelier Paul Sanguinetti (Fraiche) has sculpted the wine program.
Ray Stark is known for a list of blockbusters including Funny Girl, The Sunshine Boys, Annie and Steel Magnolias. Ray’s restaurant is producing acclaimed dishes like their chile with chorizo, dates, goat cheese and almond sauce; and an amazing porchetta/smoked pork crackling dish that is at once rich and crispy and as comforting as a down-home Sunday supper.
Their house cocktails, bearing names like Steel Magnolias (strawberry, basil, sparkling wine), Cheap Detective (St. Germain, Cynar, Campari), Lost in Yonkers (rum, freshly squeezed lime juice, simple syrup, raspberry, cucumber) and Little Annie (gin, Cointreau, egg white, freshly squeezed lemon juice, raspberry syrup, cherry) are beginning to draw crowds.
But perhaps the biggest attraction to the destination – even more than the fact that someone is finally serving high quality cocktails on the Miracle Mile (with free parking at LACMA after 7pm!), is the feeling of eating and drinking [inside] a work of art.
Ray’s is open for dinner from 5-10PM and Stark Bar serves from 11AM-11PM. The restaurant and bar are both closed on Wednesdays.