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Best New Restaurant in LA?

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?

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  1. 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

      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

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

        1. re: SauceSupreme

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

          1. re: fatassasian

            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

              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

            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.
            http://losangeles.metromix.com/restau...

          1. re: Servorg

            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...

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/441493

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

            1. re: yogachik

              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

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

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

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                1. re: SauceSupreme

                  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

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

                  2. 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

                      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

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