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Feb 13, 2000 02:40 PM

Need authentic Asian restaurant recommendations in LA.

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I am traveling to LA the week of Feb. 20-26,2000 from New York. Need recommendations for Japanese, Chinese and Korean restaurants. The real thing, please, not touristy. Thanks.

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  1. You haven't indicated where you're staying, what your budget is, what kind of food you're interested in--in Los Angeles, it is possible, for example, to get more than 100 clearly discernable types of Chinese food. Anyway, for a high-end and low-end recommendation for each: Korean: Yong Susan, a fancy, very elaborate new restaurant that specializes in 10-course North Korean feasts; Soot Bull Jeep, which has fantastic natural-charcoal barbecue and great panchon.Japanese: Ginza Sushiko in Beverly Hills is the best--and most expensive--sushi bar in the United States, but worth every penny; Kotohira, in Gardena, has wonderful homemade udon, first-rate. Chinese: Empress Pavilion in Chinatown serves great, creative Cantonese food (stick with the menu of specials); Lake Spring is one of the best in the huge Chinese suburb of Monterey Park, with creative Shanghainese cooking.

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    1. re: j gold

      A footnote to Jonathan's excellent recommendations: When he says that Ginza Sushiko is the most expensive sushi bar in the United States, that may not adequately convey the scale of expense he's talking about. We're talking $200 and up per person here. If that's too steep, there are lots of other good sushi restaurants in Los Angeles, including the famous Matsuhisa for non-traditional Peruvian-inflected sushi, Sasabune in West Los Angeles (following in the "customer-has-no-choice" footsteps of Nozawa in the San Fernando Valley), and my personal favorite for traditional sushi, Shibucho on the Fourth Floor of the Yaohan Plaza on Alameda Street, in the "Little Tokyo" district of downtown Los Angeles. Another non-sushi possibility is Nobu Matsuhisa's more informal "Ubon" on Beverly.

      1. re: Tom Armitage

        Thank you j and Tom for the suggestions...We will be staying in West Hollywood for a week. Money is not really an object, but in New York, we often find that the less pricey places are more satisfying than the expensive ones. We look forward to trying the suggestions.

        1. re: Mary
          Chris Wegener

          On the westside there are a number of interesting places. The corner of Sawtelle and Olympic has several Ramen and Noodle shops. Hide Sushi on Sawtelle is a very good Japanese style sushi place. (Take cash they don't take credit cards or checks.) On Pico between Barrington and Bundy is Yabu which is an outstanding Japanese Noodle shop. They make there own Udon and Soba.

          For Chinese food I think Monterey Park is your best bet. I like the Harbor Village Inn on Atlantic at Garvey. They have excellent Dim Sum. I have never tried their dinners. There are lots of authentic Chinese restaurents in the San Gabriel valley all around Monterey Park and Alhambra.

          Enjoy your stay.

        2. re: Tom Armitage

          Yea! It's so exciting to see Sasabune as a favorite sushi place. I think their sushi is FAR more sublime than Nozawa, which I think is a whole lotta hype. It's a total hole in the wall, but they prefer you make reservations, you won't walk out spending under $45 (unless you show great restraint, which I never can) per person, and Candy and Tori Spelling might sit makeupless (ewww!) next to a Japanese man in a three piece business suit at the sushi bar. There's also a location in Honolulu.