Any places I simply must try during my visit to LA in late July? Especially for lunch or late night eats. Hotel is near Pico Robertson area of Beverly Hills.
A couple hot places right now are A.O.C., Pizzeria Mozza and a personal fav, Angelini Osteria.
Some general orientation:
LA is not precisely a city for pedestrians.
Places indicated above by jadorelabouffe require driving, or taxi.
Buses and other types of public transportation are sorely lacking/defficient in LA.
Lots of eateries in Pico Robertson area, with lots of kosher places as well, but you won't find any high-ends within walking distance.
For more info, please indicate your price range and/or preferences.
A couple thoughts in the neighborhood -- NOT what I'd call MUST try, just a couple casual-fare recommends near Pico Robertson.
TUK TUK Thai is on north side of Pico approx 3 blocks west of Robertson, solid Thai cafe, moderately priced, not a big night out, just good Thai food in the neighborhood.
VERSAILLES is on south side of Pico at LaCienega, about half a mile east of Robertson. Simple, high-volume Cuban cafe, moderately priced. Several choices on the menu for solid Cuban daily fare, although many posters here will blast Versailles because the place is always chaotic and the menu is set up to move high volumes of simple dishes, not for the exquisite dining experience.
You are about 2 miles from the best sushi in Los Angeles (outside of Urasawa which is $300 pp) at Sushi Zo. Go south on Robertson to National and make a right to 9824 National (on your left just before you cross under the 10 Fwy). Call ahead for a place at the sushi bar and tell them you will be getting omakase and be prepared to enjoy one of the best meals in LA.
Phone: (310) 842-3977
Castle Heights Avenue
9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034