3 New Restaurants You Have to Try This December

A Top Chef alumna’s new dumpling shop and more
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From a Brooklyn pizzeria’s West Coast outpost to a wine boutique’s beachy new digs, there are a lot of new restaurants to check out this month. Here are our picks for December’s buzziest new restaurants.


Roberta’s L.A.

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The platform complex gained a dose of Brooklyn cool by adding a branch of this venerated pizzeria known for puffy-edged pies topped with spicy soppressata and a kiss of honey. It’s the rest of the offerings, though, that stun: dry-aged beef carpaccio, heirloom tomatoes in raw cream, and a killer natural wine list. Platform, 8810 Washington Blvd., Culver City.

Wally’s 

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After 50 years in Westwood, L.A.’s posh wine boutique has expanded to large new digs near the beach. French vet David Féau oversees a menu that spans a truffled grilled cheese sandwich to lobster salad. Pot-au-feu rich with bone marrow and house-made rillettes with baked pear are homey highlights. 214 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.

Ms Chi Cafe

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At the casual dumpling shop in downtown Culver City, Top Chef runner-up Shirley Chung has fun with Chinese staples (cheeseburger pot stickers with bacon tomato jam, anyone?) while also putting out a bowl of hand-cut noodles that would make any Chinese grandmother proud. Milk tea with “cheese foam” and chocolate hedgehog-shaped bao provide a cheeky finish. 3829 Main St., Culver City.


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