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From Brooklyn to LA, where should I go?

Hello L.A.ers! I'll be in town in 2 weeks for 5 days for a wedding/work, what should I check out? Open to anything. Never been to L.A. before. Lay it on me! Thanks!

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  1. I'm sorry, what's BK? Bangkok? Burbank? Bakersfield? Bishkek? Burger King? It'll help us. Also if you tell us what area you're staying in. LA's not an easy city to cross.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      Ack, Sorry. BK is Brooklyn, NY.

      I'll be in Santa Monica area.

      1. re: subinai

        we need way more info about what you're looking for re: cuisine, price range, vibe, how far you're willing to travel, etc.

        assume you'll have a car...?

        maybe if you tell us some of your faves in NY we can get a better sense of what you'd like...

        1. re: subinai

          Musha for Japanese izakaya-style (I really don't want to get into whether it's actually an izakaya) food; Monte Alban in West LA for fantastic Oaxacan food. Those spring immediately to mind.

          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            a trip to one of the restaurants along the sawtelle corridor would probably be a good idea...maybe bar hayama?

        2. re: Das Ubergeek

          Bangkok is BKK. Just to clarify...

        3. Ok. So you won't need pizza (but, if you did, we now have a branch of Joe's that just happens to be in Santa Monica). You also don't need Italian or French. Probably our best offerings would be California cuisine (duh!), Chinese, Sushi, and, of course, Mexican.

          For starters, you might enjoy going for the oyster and wine happy hour at Ocean Avenue Seafood in S.M. I can't recommend staying for an actual meal, but the happy hour is a very good deal.

          For not necessarily authentic Mexican, but nonetheless beautifully executed stuff, go to the Border Grill, also in S.M. For slightly more authentic Americanized Mexican fare, go to The Talpa.

          For high end California cuisine that was among the first to define it, you have Michael's, which also happens to be in S.M. For more moderately priced fare in this vein, try Joe's in Venice, which is also nearby.

          For sushi, the selection is endless and frequently debated around here. My favorite for lunch is the great value found at Echigo. It happens to be close to S.M. so if you're in the hood at the right time it's a no brainer. As for other sushi options just surf the posting here, depending on what part of town you need to be in for the meal.

          For Chinese, you must drive. But it's worth it. There are a million posts here about the great places in the San Gabriel Valley, including a post just a small scroll down from yours about finding great dim sum.

          1. That's a tough question to answer! Any particular cuisine? Price range? I was just in NY (Manhattan) this past week. Here are a two things here in LA that I prefer over NY - sushi and Korean BBQ. You are welcome to try them out and see if you agree.

            Sushi Sushi (326 1/2 Beverly Dr, BH 90212)
            There are many great sushi places in LA but this is my favorite. This is a go to place for Japanese business men. It's traditional Japanese fare and the sushi is melt-in-your-mouth fresh.

            Soot Bull Jeep (3136 W 8th St, LA 90005)
            Confirmed by me and my NY-Korean foodie friend, LA has better Korean BBQ. This is the "closest" to Santa Monica located in Koreatown near Downtown. The meat is tender, has an extra sweet, savory depth I haven't had anywhere else. Bring your dirtiest clothes, you will smell like BBQ for the rest of the night.

            Other suggestions if you're not into sushi or Korean BBQ:

            California
            - Table 8
            - Polo Lounge (celebrity hotspot)
            - Hatfields
            - Sona

            Michelin Starred (some, not all):
            - Spago
            - Urasawa
            - Melisse
            - Matsuhisa

            If you want NY celebrity in LA
            - Osteria Mozza
            - STK
            - Cut

            Miscellaneous
            - Pinks Hot Dog (a must when you're in LA)
            - Father's Office (best gastropub burger I've had)
            - Langer's (LA's best pastrami sandwich shop, but Katz's may be better)

            I've only been here for a few years, and the ones listed are a few that have stood out to me. Thankfully there are many great restaurants to explore in this fine city. Hope this helps!!

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            1. re: amoretignis

              I think sending New Yorker to a hot dog joint is a bit nuts. That's like going to Philly for sushi.

              1. re: COYS N17

                agreed. for someone coming from the home of nathan's famous, gray's papaya, and callahan's [ok, so it was a cross the river, but still local], a trip to pink's is a waste of time...and a meal.

            2. My son has lived many years in Brooklyn, everything there seems pricier for what you get. Group dinner parties at home seem more popular for the 20s 30s sets (I guess we did the same thing though) because going out in large groups can be so expensive! So enjoy! Skip the obvious stuff where NYC excels like pizza and deli foods, and go for the stuff we're adept at, Asian, Mexican, etc.
              Have fun.

              1. I think they should go to Vito's or Joe's, you know, because I don't think there's been enough discussion lately. Things have been eerily quiet on the NY pizza front.

                Beyond that, I say Musha and Father's Office are definite must-stop places.

                If you've got time, Joe's in Venice Beach is a great representation of California Cuisine.

                I also think you should try Pinkberry so that you're ready for the coming invasion.

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                1. re: SauceSupreme

                  Pinkberry has already invaded ny.
                  I saw one next to "rice to riches" on spring st. (near little italy) in manhattan.

                  Still never been to one though.

                  1. re: SauceSupreme

                    good call on father's office and joe's.

                    skip stinkberry - here AND in NY.

                    for fro-yo, go to cefiore in SM...or if in BH, my favorite of all time....sno:la.

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                    244 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                    Cefiore Frozen Yogurt
                    145 Colorado, Santa Monica, CA