ISO late-night dinner to take NYC visitors
My sister and her boyfriend are going to be in town this weekend from New York, coming into LAX at 9:30 pm. They wanted to stop for food and drinks somewhere, but I am really not that familiar with the Los Angeles restaurant and bar scene (even after more than a year living here).
They're going to want to check into their hotel first and shower, so we'd be eating around 10:30 or 11 at night. I know there's Magnolia on Sunset, but the reviews here and other places seem mixed. Are there any other options for late at night in the area? Good foods, good drinks, late dining?
Price range: I'd like to keep it around Magnolia's prices or cheaper.
Yeah. I think you're right. That would really be pushing it now that I think about it, and they're not staying in that area. (I do live near there, so possibly?) They're staying downtown. I remember there was a thread about late-night dining downtown. Maybe I should steer them in that direction instead. I've had a lot of fun going out for drinks downtown.
Really they want food and maybe barhopping. They have one more night here, Sunday. It's short trip, so we have to make the most of our time, either way.
If they are staying in downtown LA, there's always the Pacific Dining Car.
Or, if they are into the hipster scene, the restaurant at The Standard Hotel serves pretty decent food, late.
Pacific Dining Car
1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
550 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Thai food. In Thai Town or North Hollywood. I can't speak for Thai Town, but most of the NoHo places on Sherman Way are open until at least 3 AM... and cheap? You can't believe how cheap it is... but still excellent.
Again, depends on where their hotel is... if you don't want to stray too far from LAX, there are lots of good options on Main St. in Santa Monica... Lula (Mexican, great drinks, interesting regional choices besides the usual), World Cafe (is what it sounds like), Library Alehouse, take your pick.
In Hollywood, I'm a big fan of Falcon -- hip, fun, good food and drink.
2911 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
7213 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Lula Cocina Mexicana
2722 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
2820 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
I'd take them to Lucques, which serves off their bar menu until 11, I think. Kick ass steak frites, and pretty much everything else. It's the prefect California late night meal, if you ask me. Bar menu is on their website: http://www.lucques.com .
8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069