So my birthday dinner is coming up and I was wondering if anyone could rec. a great Japanese Rest. with a tatami room. The only one I can find is Thousand cranes, I've never been there before any reviews? My family seems to think I should just stick to my old fall back Matsuhisa (no Tatami obviously but, always good food), I want to try somewhere new though. There will only be 6-8 of us so no crazy 20+ tatami rooms please.
Gonpachi in Beverly Hills has Tatami rooms, small size. We saw them when we had dinner there the first time, we didn't eat at a tatami room, but we passed by them, and they looked extremely nice and peaceful.
Thousand Cranes is elegant & delicious, but quite pricey! There are a few other Japanese Hotels in LA other than the New Otani which houses Thousand Cranes. I would call those few, and ask if their restaurant has (a) tatami room(s). I think these authentic Venues are your best bet for find these. Good luck! -JET
Re: The New Otani
The company that owned the property sold the building and The New Otani Hotel & Gardens is now owned and managed other entities and called the Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens. http://www.kyotograndhotel.com/
Senbazuru (A Thousand Cranes) restaurant is still operating but I wonder if the new management kept some of hotel's restaurant staff and same menu on or all new staff/menu?
Tatami rooms I know:
Gonpachi in Beverly Hills (beware of the mostly inedible menu there)
Honda-Ya in Little Tokyo (me like)
FuRaiBo on Sawtelle (me like)