Brad Goreski's Guide to Los Angeles
Brad Goreski is a busy man. It’s hard to believe the influencer has a minute to spare between styling A-list celebrities—Lea Michele, Sarah Hyland, and Rashida Jones are among his clients—breaking down the week’s best and worst looks on E!’s Fashion Police, and serving as the new creative director for C. Wonder. So where does he go to de-stress and spend some quality time with friends and family? We caught up with Goreski at one of his favorite L.A. spots, Alfred’s Coffee and Kitchen, to find out.
MYDOMAINE: Los Angeles has so many great coffee shops: Why Alfred’s?
BRAD GORESKI: First of all, the coffee is so good; it’s strong but not bitter, and I need a lot of energy. But I think it’s the environment they’ve created. It’s a great place to come and meet your friends, and the outdoor area is so nice. I just think it’s the kind of place you want to hang out in. For me, it’s the perfect mix of East Coast and West Coast.
MD: How do you take your coffee?
BG: Black, baby. I’ll do a warm beverage in the winter or in the morning at home, but usually when I’m out and about, I like iced.
MD: How often do you come here?
BG: I come probably four or five times a week. I live in Westwood, so I usually skip over here in the afternoons when I need a pick-me-up. My boyfriend actually writes here; he is a sitcom writer, so he comes here to write for most of the day.
MD: Are you a people-watcher?
BG: Yeah, all the time! One of my friends is Louise Roe, and we had a good laugh one night when we went out to dinner because she was like, “You really have a talent for being engaged in the conversation with the person you’re in but scanning every single person that walks by in 2.3 seconds.” So yes, I do love people-watching.
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MD: Can you tell us about some of your other L.A. staples?
BG: I love Giorgio’s for a night of dancing.
MD: We hear there are some great celebrity sightings at Giorgio’s.
BG: Yeah, so many! The last time I was there on my birthday, we had a table, and at the next table were Naomi Campbell, Mario Testino, Alex Pettyfer, and like a whole gaggle of other people, and it was pretty early, like 10:30 p.m. or 11, and the party was raging.
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MD: What about food?
BG: Craig’s is I think my favorite restaurant in town, because I love Tommy and Craig; they are my boys. The experience walking in and seeing them is always so lovely. My favorite dish there is the buffalo wing pizza, pasta with meatballs, and I’m usually so full by then I don’t do dessert. I also usually start with the wedge salad, so it’s like a three-course dinner for me when I go there. But it’s like family for me. Going there, you just feel like you’re eating with a gang of your best friends. It’s really nice. If you’re having a date night, it can be super intimate, or it can be really fun, friendly, and festive.
MD: Any other awesome restaurants you recommend?
BG: Sushi Park makes me laugh a little bit, because I love the sign out front that tells you everything they don’t offer. But they have the most delicious fresh fish. I’ve been to Tokyo and had sushi there many times, and [Sushi Park] is a purely Japanese experience. The service is great, the fish is delicious, and it’s fun. You know, it’s pricey, but if you’re going to do sushi and you want to treat yourself, it’s the place to go. I also love that it’s just in a strip mall, and you can be sitting having your sushi and Emma Stone walks in. There are always people there and nobody bothers you, and it’s a low-key fun night.
MD: How do you relax?
BG: A massage at Cure Spa at the Sunset Tower Hotel. I usually go twice a month, sometimes three times a month. And I get an 80-minute deep-tissue massage. Because of all the traveling and lugging stuff and stress, massages have become a very important part of my routine. Turning 38, I got a little creekier.
MD: What’s your guilty pleasure?
BG: I am obsessed with Sprinkles Ice Cream. I’m a sweets guy, and we moved to Westwood three years ago, and we’re literally a seven-minute drive to Sprinkles Ice Cream. The ice cream, the quality of it is incredible, the flavors are delicious. The peanut butter cup is my favorite, mixed with a scoop of vanilla cherry. They take a gluten-free red velvet cupcake, cut the top off, put it in the bottom of the cup, add two scoops of ice cream, and then the cupcake top on top of it, so you get a layer of icing, a layer of cake, layer of ice cream, and then another layer of cake. It’s to die for. It’s the best sweets experience in L.A., I truly believe.
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