7 New L.A. Dining Spots for NYC Snobs to Check Out

8:00 AM 4/20/2017

by Beth Landman and Gary Baum

An of-the-moment guide for bicoastal gastronomic adventurers.

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  • Destroyer

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    IF YOU LOVE THIS PLACE IN N.Y.

    The Good Sort (5 Doyers St.) —  At this inventive vegan cafe, congee bowls come in a turmeric and coconut rendition with champagne-poached cranberries.

    AND IF YOU'VE ALREADY BEEN TO L.A.'S

    Sqirl (720 N. Virgil Ave.) — The cult Silver Lake hipster vortex is where avant-garde daytime bowl-centered food and warm-ish salads have reached their apotheosis.

    THEN CHECK THIS RESTAURANT OUT

    Destroyer (3578 Hayden Ave.) — This cerebral Culver City breakfast-and-lunch joint is even further ahead of the curve in its Instagrammable dish presentation.

  • Odys + Penelope

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    IF YOU LOVE THIS PLACE IN N.Y.

    Uncle Boon's (7 Spring St.) — The couple behind this Nolita spot met while working at Per Se. The cozy Thai restaurant turns out rotisserie birds that have critics swooning.

    AND IF YOU'VE ALREADY BEEN TO L.A.'S

    Cassia (1314 Seventh St.)New York Times' Pete Wells gave this Vietnamese-French place by a Santa Monica couple three stars in his first non-NYC review in September.

    THEN CHECK THIS RESTAURANT OUT

    Odys + Penelope (127 S. La Brea Ave.) — The brainchild of a charming husband-and-wife team, this midcity stunner is Cassia's less-heralded Brazilian-American equal.

  • Officine Brera

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    IF YOU LOVE THIS PLACE IN N.Y.

    L'Amico  (849 Sixth Ave.) — Chef Laurent Tourondel’s rustic ovens turn out pizza and pasta (e.g., agnolotti with braised oxtail and horseradish) enjoyed by Steven Spielberg.

    AND IF YOU'VE ALREADY BEEN TO L.A.'S

    Bestia (2121 E. Seventh Place) — The contemporary Italian country cuisine mecca with the chic industrial loft vibe has a strong emphasis on expertly handmade pastas.

    THEN CHECK THIS RESTAURANT OUT

    Officine Brera (1331 E. Sixth St.) — Bestia's under-the-radar rustic Italian analogue is a few blocks away in DTLA's Arts District. Order the off-menu chickpea flour crepe.

  • Shibumi

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    IF YOU LOVE THIS PLACE IN N.Y.

    Suzuki (114 West 47th St.) — Fermentation fans already are raving about the black sesame miso marinated tofu at this new underground kaiseki palace that opened in April.

    AND IF YOU'VE ALREADY BEEN TO L.A.'S

    Baroo (5706 Santa Monica Blvd.) — Pilgrims have their minds blown by chef Kwang Uh's experimentations with fermentation at the low-key Hollywood strip mall spot.

    THEN CHECK THIS RESTAURANT OUT

    Shibumi (815 S. Hill St.) — Those same besotted pilgrims should visit David Schlosser at his fermentation-fixated izakaya beneath a parking garage in DTLA.

  • P.Y.T.

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    IF YOU LOVE THIS PLACE IN N.Y.

    Nix (72 University Place) — Chef John Fraser and ex-Conde Nast-er James Truman teamed for an indulgent, plant-based boite that's attracted Woody Allen and Jennifer Lawrence.

    AND IF YOU'VE ALREADY BEEN TO L.A.'S

    Commissary (3515 Wilshire Blvd.) — Chef Roy Choi, who made his name by being meat-minded, has repented with a new-school, vegetable-focused menu in Koreatown.

    THEN CHECK THIS RESTAURANT OUT

    P.Y.T. (400 S. Main St.) — Acclaimed chef Josef Centeno (Baco Mercat) has turned his carnivorous attention in downtown L.A. to inventive, satiating plant-based fare.

  • Here's Looking At You

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    IF YOU LOVE THIS PLACE IN N.Y.

    Empellon (510 Madison Ave.) — Alex Stupak, who gained notoriety for superlative tacos at three Village spots, opened a more upscale midtown restaurant in March.

    AND IF YOU'VE ALREADY BEEN TO L.A.'S

    Trois Familia (3510 Sunset Blvd.) — This time, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s latest high-octane scene for vivid flavor-making is a French- Mexican combo in Silver Lake.

    THEN CHECK THIS RESTAURANT OUT

    Here's Looking At You (3901 W. Sixth St.) Shook-Dotolo protege Jonathan Whitener's K-town spot wields French, Vietnamese and Mexican influences.

  • Grand Central Market

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    IF YOU LOVE THIS PLACE IN N.Y.

    Eataly (101 Liberty St.) — This Wall Street offshoot of the Madison Park mecca where Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich are partners has eight stations and five dining spots.

    AND IF YOU'VE ALREADY BEEN TO L.A.'S

    Gjusta (320 Sunset Ave.) — Venice's boisterous, slightly scruffy purveyor-of-all-gourmet-things without enough seating has become a lodestar of gentrified appeal.

    THEN CHECK THIS RESTAURANT OUT

    Grand Central Market (317 S. Broadway) — DTLA's revivified, busy food hall melds upmarket breads (Clark Street), eggs (Eggslut) and smoked fish (Wexler's).

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