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Need help ASAP: Late-night, *non* Japanese in Little Tokyo?

Hi all,

I am in a bit of a panic. Some Italian friends (from Milan) are visiting for one night only -- tonight. And they are staying at the New Otani Hotel in Little Tokyo. For reasons I don't want to go into, we don't expect to eat until late -- after 10 pm.

My question is this: where can we go, without car, after 10 pm, for non-Japanese food? (One of them hates Japanese food; yes, a bit ironic considering where they're staying.)

Plus -- I checked Otani's website: even if everyone loved Japanese food, the dining options close after 10 or 11 pm at the hotel.

So I guess the first practical question would be: can anyone suggest some walkable restaurants that are open past 10 pm for food, near the region between Disney Hall and Little Tokyo?

And then, if any are non-Japanese, that's just a bonus, but I think the first priority is just finding a walking-distance place that's even open. The Standard Hotel isn't walkable from Disney Hall, is it?

Thanks so much!!

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  1. A couple of casual places for burgers and the like:

    Pete's Cafe is only a couple of blocks from the New Otani on Main
    http://www.petescafe.com/

    Weiland's Brewery is also close, about 4 or 5 blocks on 1st/Alameda
    http://www.weilandbrewery.net/WBR/

    I think you'd probably have a nicer night if you just ponied up some dough for a cab. Then you could go anywhere you want, including places like Pacific Dining Car (classy) or Bonaventure Brewing Company (casual microbrewery) in the Bonaventure on Figueroa.

    1. I've never been, but there's a Cuban restaurant next to Weiland's Brewery on the corner of 1st & Central in Little Tokyo.

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      1. re: monku

        Cuba Central is actually pretty good. They have oxtail and usually make their pork or chicken dishes well. Not a bad price either, at around $10 an entree (comes with beans, rice or veggies, plantains and bread). Plus they have this banana chip w/ garlic oil thingy as a free appetizer which I love.

      2. The Standard (5th and Fig)- has a resturant that is open late but I have never eaten there. I think its walkable, maybe 15- 20 min walk from Disney.

        The Bonaventure Brewing Company- is within walking distance (4-5 blocks) and they have good food. 15 min walk from Disney.

        Trifecta and Redwood Bar- Both are bars that serve food but I dont know when their kitchen closes. 10 min walk from Disney.

        My recommendationa are Bonaventure Brewing Company and Trifecta, which is more expensive.

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        1. re: kek is khmer

          Redwood Bar's kitchen is open until 2AM and definitely walkable from Disney Hall and then to New Otani afterwards. Note: website says that late night dining (2AM-4AM) is coming soon.
          http://theredwoodbar.com/Menu.html

          The Restaurant at The Standard is open 24 hours and switchs from dinner to late night menu somewhere between 10-11PM

        2. Noe is a short stroll from Disney Hall -- just past MOCA and through the plaza. They serve a decent bar menu until 1 AM.

            1. re: OCAnn

              everything suggested sounds great but i'd definitely get a cab. the stretch between disney hall down to the bonadventure is fine but crossing back town to new otani late at night is not a fun walk.

              1. re: trolley

                there are
                caperri - but since your guest is from italy...i wouldn't go there

                cuban central that have been mention above

                trifecta is another option as well as garden grill? teppan yaki which is steak or seafood on the grill....not very japanese but japanese enough for those that like it. just like steakhouse.

                azalea on lobby level of otani hotel

                grill lyon in honda plaza...french for touch of asian (very good lamb chop)

                410 boyd - on the same streeet as otani hotel

                i would not walk too far away from your hotel after 10pm....i would draw a line at trifecta if you are walking.

                1. re: trolley

                  there is E3rd steakhouse that just opened on next to zip sushi.