Clockwise from top left: The Eveleigh, Baco Mercat, Lukshon, Next Door by Josie
Wow, what a year! Japanese kaiseke, American gastropubs, Southeast Asian flair, smart molecular gastronomy, a kick-ass brunch and a fabulous return to glamour—2011 proved to be a terrific year for new restaurants in Los Angeles. Rising stars like The Spice Table’s Bryant Ng and Night + Market’s Kris Yenbamroong went head-to-head with seasoned heavyweights such as Wolfgang Puck and Josie Le Balch. With so many outstanding choices this year, narrowing the year’s best new restaurants to a list of merely 20 was difficult. But here it is.
Watermelon with goat cheese and salsa verde at Osteria La Buca
Where to eat now in Los Angeles!
“Hey Brad, where should we eat tonight?” People ask me that constantly. And this is the list I’m currently recommending. Wise-asses take note: This is not an up-to-the-minute accounting of the 10 newest restaurants to open in L.A. this week. Rather, think of it this way: If you were going to take me out to dinner tonight, these are the 10 places I am wholeheartedly recommending right now. Continue reading →