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.
Spanish mackeral sushi and fried backbone at Slow Fish (Brad A. Johnson)
Here’s where to eat now in Los Angeles. From high to low, these are the 10 restaurants I’m most excited about this month. This is not a list of the 10 newest places to open lately. Rather, a few of these spots are brand new. Some are just getting broken in and deserve another look. And one’s pretty old but has a new chef. They’re all fantastic. Continue reading →
I’m watching the night unfold from the 24th floor of the Ritz-Carlton—and Los Angeles looks remarkably like something out of Marvel Comics. Klieg lights search the sky, punching through low-hanging fog, bouncing off downtown skyscrapers. A parade of helicopters—some piloted by the police; others presumed to be private, launched from a helipad atop the U.S. Bank Tower—repeatedly whoosh past the windows in pursuit of who knows what, carrying who knows whom. Thousands of taillights on the freeways below create swirls that look like rivers of hot lava flowing through Metropolis.