Situated in a former IHOP, Roy Choi’s A-Frame is the street food king’s manifesto for the sit-down-restaurant world that declares plates should be passed, hands should get dirty, and meals should feel like carnivals.
Neighborhood: Culver City
Josef Centeno’s umlaut-bedecked flagship has all the Moroccan bistilla and Provençal brandade you could want, and the menu weds Catalan, Italian, and Abkhazian ingredients.
A meal at this nonchalant wine bar might be composed of jamon iberíco, a few grilled stalks of chile-spiked broccolini, and a lemony nest of chitarra with pencil-thin asparagus.
Neighborhood: Silver Lake
Downtown’s most popular breakfast, lunch, and dinner destination is an Italian restaurant, high-end patisserie, and cocktail dispensary rolled into one.
On the one hand, this is a steak house in a mall. On the other, it’s a fine-tuned Michael Mina operation where the overall experience adds up to more than the sum of its parts.
A partnership between restauranteur couple Claudio and Adria Blotta (Barbix) and chef couple Daniel Mattern and Roxana Jullapat (formerly of Ammo), Cook’s County is market driven and market tested.
Neighborhood: West Hollywood
Victor Casanova has headed a dramatic reconception of the Four Seasons restaurant, where green canvas and wicker have been traded for velvet and gilt.