Hollywood Top Power Lunch Spots: 3 Up-and-Comers
Night + Market Song, Petit Trois and Republique aren't very old, but they are generating buzz among industry power players.
This story first appeared in the Jan. 30 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Night + Market Song
3322 W. Sunset Blvd.
When Westside suits head east (or just a few minutes down the 101 from the Valley) to court scruffy creatives, in-the-know assistants garner credit for their bosses by arranging meet-ups at this hipster-haven offshoot to the Sunset Strip foodie sensation. There are a number of vegan options involving sambal chiles and preserved cabbage, but the cult-favorite must-order at this Thai space in Silver Lake run by celebrated young chef Kris Yenbamroong is the Chiengrai-style fried chicken sandwich with papaya slaw, ranch dressing, jalapeno and cilantro.
718 N. Highland Ave.
This ultra-Frenchy spinoff from the chef super group behind the tasting-menu-only adjacent Trois Mec — Animal's Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, plus Ludovic Lefebvre of ABC's The Taste — is all about applying five-star finesse to bistro basics. Diners are flipping out over chicken legs, croques-madame and steak frites. (There's no way to avoid cheating on your diet during this lunch hour.) It's hidden in a forlorn strip mall at the edge of Hancock Park — yet once inside the tiny space, says fashion stylist and interior designer Estee Stanley, "I feel like I'm in Paris."
624 S. La Brea Ave.
This counter-service lunch spot dominated by communal tables occupies the grand sky-lit space that was once home to Campanile. Opened a little over a year ago by husband and wife Walter and Margarita Manzke, it serves Mediterranean-influenced sandwiches and salads, including the popular chicken tossed with roasted Brussels sprouts, baby spinach, apples, caramelized pecans and cider vinaigrette. (Substitutions are "discouraged.") Says WME's David Stone: "I don't frequently make it that far east for lunch, but I'm always impressed when I do."