A Dallas Hound needs help!
I am coming in to town to visit a friend who lives in Koreatown (Wilshire & Olympic and between 1st and 10th). She just moved in and doesn't know which Korean restaurant(s) to try. Recommendations!
I also need a couple of recommendations for a "trendy", great date spot that is not sushi. Asian fusion would definitely work (not Asia de Cuba, though - been there, done that). Price no concern - looking for "trendy" ambience, people watching and great food.
My favorite place in K-Town is Sa Rit Gol. It's an authentic Korean place -- not one of these gussied up American-Korean BBQ places. The panchan is fantastic. My Korean friends love the place and I have to agree with them.
For a trendy date spot, you could try Mozza, Lucques, Sushi Roku, Koi, Grace, and others. Do you have a geographic preference?
Chosun galbi is very close to you- nice atmosphere, great korean bbq and a lot of variety. The BEST asian fusion I've been to in LA is Orris on Sawtelle(recommended: beet and basque cheese app and foie gras with eggplant). Im thinking madang gooksoo is a little too casual for a date
Check Opus on Wilshire by the Wiltern for trendy and excellent. Go on an off night and get the tasting menu. Check this board or Johnathan Gold's column in the LA Weekly this week for raves.