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Jun 15, 2007 03:34 PM

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.


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  1. For Koreatown, definitely try Ma Dang Gooksoo for noodles. I'm sure you can do a search and find tons of recs for Korean barbecue in the area also.

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    1. For trendy, I think you want one of these: Mozza, Hatfield's, Bin 8945, AOC.

      1. 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?

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        1. re: glutton

          My geographic preference would be within 30 minutes of where she lives.

          Thanks for the help!

            1. re: Epicurious Esquire

              Holy God, half the city is within half an hour of Koreatown, at least on the weekends -- you can have everything from boat noodles in Thai Town to ramen in Little Tokyo to Armenian food in Glendale to trendy Cal cuisine in Santa Monica to sushi in Studio City.

          1. 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

            1. 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.