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Best New Restaurant in LA?

LoveLA77 Sep 25, 2007 11:02 AM

Need to take a foodie client out to somewhere that's relatively new but also has great food. Can't get in to Osteria Mozza for a month...any suggestions?

  1. russkar Sep 25, 2007 11:06 AM

    All Angelo, its just down the street on Melrose past La Brea and the food is definitely better than O' Mozza.

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    1. re: russkar
      sloanedone Sep 25, 2007 11:17 PM

      Craft is overrated, but Mozza is amazing. Screw the rez, just walk in. Usually about a half hour wait, sometimes you get a table.

      1. re: sloanedone
        SauceSupreme Sep 25, 2007 11:22 PM

        Why bother with a table -- Nancy Bar is so much better.

        1. re: SauceSupreme
          fatassasian Sep 26, 2007 08:20 AM

          How long is the average wait for the bar? Say...on a Friday night.

          1. re: fatassasian
            zack Sep 26, 2007 09:16 AM

            half to full hour, depending on the time of night. you're not guaranteed to be at the mozza bar (may be seated at real bar) unless you want to wait extra for it. all tables are by reservation only and not available for walk-in's.

            1. re: fatassasian
              nick_r Sep 26, 2007 03:41 PM

              I walked in at 6 PM on a Saturday and got seated right away at the non-Nancy bar. Definitely the earlier, the better.

          2. re: sloanedone
            Papuli Nov 2, 2007 11:47 AM

            Here's a back-to-back comparison of Craft and Mozza...it's from when they both debuted, I think, but I'd never seen it before. And it's pretty funny, too.

        2. Servorg Sep 25, 2007 11:11 AM

          Sona for their tasting menu.


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          1. re: Servorg
            goodhealthgourmet Sep 25, 2007 12:27 PM

            great suggestion in terms of quality, but the op asked for someplace 'relatively new,' and sona's been open for several years.

            re: the rec for hidden, based on recent ch posts, i don't think most people who have tried it would say it's one of the best...


            as sauce, boo & molly all indicated, bastide is probably the way to go.

          2. y
            yogachik Sep 25, 2007 11:12 AM

            Hidden, in Venice.

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            1. re: yogachik
              hrhboo Sep 25, 2007 11:18 AM

              Hidden is certainly new, but I don't know if I would call it "best" just yet. The menu has far too many items and is unfocused. Maybe if they stopped being so ambitious and scaled it way down the food would be a lot better than it is.

              1. re: hrhboo
                ElJeffe Sep 25, 2007 11:22 PM

                Haven't heard about it. What's the lowdown? Where in Venice? What types of cuisine?

                1. re: ElJeffe
                  goodhealthgourmet Sep 25, 2007 11:26 PM


            2. SauceSupreme Sep 25, 2007 11:19 AM

              I've not been yet, but the restaurant I can't wait to try is BASTIDE.

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              1. re: SauceSupreme
                mollyomormon Sep 25, 2007 12:10 PM

                Same here!

                1. re: mollyomormon
                  hrhboo Sep 25, 2007 12:13 PM

                  Me three!

                  1. re: hrhboo
                    PlatypusJ Sep 26, 2007 09:30 AM

                    Four sure!

                2. re: SauceSupreme
                  russkar Sep 25, 2007 02:21 PM

                  We will be at Bastide tomorrow night (wed), full report to follow in my normal 20 words or less.
                  All Angelo next week for the Truffle Dinner.

                  1. re: SauceSupreme
                    dac_1971 Sep 25, 2007 11:29 PM

                    Has Bastide re-opened? And if so, when? Any feedback yet?

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                    jlrobe Sep 25, 2007 02:17 PM

                    Bastide. Plain and simple. Wow they heck out of the client.

                    Mozza and Craft are overrated. Its time to stop gravitating towards crappy New Yorkers.

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                    1. re: jlrobe
                      jlrobe Sep 25, 2007 03:09 PM

                      LA food scene moves so much I cant tell whats new or not.

                      Fraiche, Foundry, and Orris are fairly new and quite yummy

                      Catch is also new and a great setting, however I havent been. The LA times suggests that the crudo menu is awesome so if you love raw bars, that may be a nice toursity but good, change of pace.

                      1. re: jlrobe
                        Obessed Sep 25, 2007 04:01 PM

                        I second the Foundry --- went there spur of the moment (after drinks at Village Idiot) and did the tasting menu and it was fabulous!!

                    2. ipsedixit Sep 25, 2007 03:20 PM

                      If you end up Bastide, make sure to set aside about 4 hours for dinner.

                      Also, make double sure that you at least get along with your client and that he or she is at least plausibly conversationally fluent.

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                      1. re: ipsedixit
                        SauceSupreme Sep 25, 2007 03:44 PM

                        Either that, or bring an iPod or a Russian novel

                        1. re: SauceSupreme
                          revets2 Sep 26, 2007 01:07 AM

                          we're starting at 6pm. i hope we're home by midnight.

                          1. re: revets2
                            revets2 Sep 26, 2007 11:58 PM

                            home by 11:30pm. whoa! terrific food, need more comfortable seats. i've got waffle butt.

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                        carter Sep 25, 2007 03:32 PM

                        Not all that new, but Il Grano in WLA has reallllly good food, and satisfies the feel of a business meeting, yet not somber either. Sal has a way with seafood that is outstanding if that might be of interest, and a substantial wine list.

                        1. liu Sep 25, 2007 04:08 PM

                          I am not sure how "new" it is, but we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Tanzore -- the Gaylord restaurant on Restaurant Row. The space (including the bar) is gorgeous, the service is friendly, and the food is delicious (modern, upscale Indian)-- different with beautiful presentation. Also, you will be able to secure a reservation.

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                            condorito Sep 26, 2007 03:38 PM

                            If your client is a foodie take him/her to Bar Marmont. Open less than a year, glowing LA Times review and real food from a Chef who opened the Spotted Pig in NYC.

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