From a French bistro in Highland Park to an East Hollywood bungalow with laid-back vibes, there’s a lot that’s new to check out this month. Here are our picks for March’s buzziest new restaurants.
Claudio and Adria Blotta, owners of Eastside fixtures Barbrix in Silver Lake and All’Acqua in Atwater Village, have expanded to Highland Park’s coolest drag with an amiable French bistro. Exposed red brick and soaring rafters provide a rustic backdrop for seared albacore sliced over chorizo-bean stew and kohlrabi salads brightened with watermelon radish. Steak au poivre, served with delightfully crisp Belgian frites, offers unfussy decadence. 5022 York Blvd., Highland Park
Backed by a Japanese restaurant group with properties from Dubai to Miami, this modern-chic robatayaki offers an array of skewers cooked over a tiered charcoal grill that sits in the room’s center. Nori-wrapped rice bundles called nigaki, spicy fried shrimp, and plum-glazed chicken wings make for enticing drinking snacks paired with Japanese lagers and shochu cocktails. 225-227 S. Garey St., downtown
A former craftsman bungalow flipped into a breezy Cal-French wine bar, chef Hunter Pritchett’s pastel-colored hideaway trades in oysters with negroni mignonette and cauliflower gratin blanketed with kimchi béchamel. At brunch there’s brûléed grapefruit and avocado tartine served on the wraparound patio, a weekend draw even with ever-popular Sqirl across the street. 751 N. Virgil Ave., East Hollywood
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