From a new restaurant inside the Line Hotel to a diner at the Beverly Center, there are a lot of new restaurants to check out this month. Here are our picks for January’s buzziest new restaurants.
Josiah Citrin’s latest endeavor is in the Line Hotel greenhouse that housed Roy Choi’s Commissary. Slices of persimmon illuminate chicken-fried quail, while wild mushroom agnolotti bobbing in clarified mushroom stock pack an umami double whammy. Suckling pig is ambitious for a hotel restaurant, but Citrin’s fine-dining chops lend weight to the seasonal cooking. The Line Hotel, 3515 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown.
Seasoned chef Kiminobu Saito and Augustine wine bar owner Dave Gibbs marry wine pairings and sushi omakase at this cozy 30-seater. Nigiri and hand roll sets come in music-themed sizes: quarter note, half note, full note. Fried cubes of crispy rice topped with seared Wagyu and spicy tuna are listed, oddly, as “biscotti,” but after a flinty chablis and a red snapper sashimi, the concept comes into focus. 13447 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks.
This diner with a corner view at the Beverly Center is the work of Jeremy Fall, the restaurateur with a penchant for coating French toast in doughnut crumbs. Easy’s can be goofy at times—the menu is presented via View-Master toys—but a solid burger with sour cream-and-onion fries makes the schtick go down, well, easy. Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd., Ste. 602, Beverly Grove.
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