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
25 Degrees has great burgers and is open 24/7. In the heart of the Hollywood scene and traffic.
Bossa Nova, at least the location in Hollywood, on Sunset Blvd, is open til 4am. Great food, really busy most of the time.
If they'll be in the Downtown or Los Feliz areas, drink at the Dresden or 4100 Bar and then eat afterwards at Fred 62. There's also the 101 Coffee Shop on Franklin Ave off the 101 freeway, a pretty basic diner that gets lots of hispters late night, not sure fi they serve booze though.
25 Degrees Restaurant
7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
101 Coffee Shop
6145 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Bossa Nova Brazilian Cuisine
7181 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Dresden Room Restaurant
1760 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
1854 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Ok, if Pete's is till open when they get to DTLA, try there for a bite...not my favorite food (I'd much rather go to Pacific Dining Car) but it has a decent bar that can get you ready for something a little more fun and dirty... see, Pete's in not even a block away from a great bar that we stumbled upon on Saturday night after a night of way too much good food and wine at Shiro. We were a bit "tipsy" by the time we found it, but fell in love instantly...tall cans of PBR and TECATE and a great juke box with the most random mix of people and a great photo booth..fun! It was on 4th, jujst a hint (not even a block) west of Main, on the north side of the street.
Pacific Dining Car
Sanam Luang or Ruen Pair for Thai
25 degrees at the Roosevelt
The Restaurant at the Standard downtown
Koraku for Ramen