Relatively cheap/interesting in DTLA?
- MC Slim JB Sep 15, 2008 02:47 PM
Something tells me that Jonathan Gold doesn't spend a lot of time reviewing restaurants in the vicinity of the Westin Bonaventure, so I'm hoping L.A. hounds can help me find something that's within a few blocks of the World Trade Center that's not utterly uninteresting. I have no car and am somewhat time-constrained around meals, so nothing involving a long taxi or Metro trip.
Any cuisine at and any level of formality, from a good taco truck to a decent pho joint to a casual American place, as long as I can keep dinner to $40 or less (not counting drinks, tax, and tip). My current short list includes El Parian, Langer's, Wood Spoon, Chichen Itza; Ciudad if I'm very time-constrained/desperate.
Crickets, eh? Sort of confirms my fears of Downtown.
Okay, how about bars with high-craft old-school cocktails, something along the lines of Pegu Club, Flatiron Lounge, and Death & Co. in Manhattan? I mean the kind of place where they know how to make a Seelbach without looking it up. Anybody?
re: MC Slim JB
Honestly, no lol
All the good ethnic food is located pretty damn far away from DTLA. This is especially true if you're trying to find a NON chain restaurant in your budget(ie not morton's, roy's, etc)
If it was during the day I'd say hop on the dash, but at night your options are pretty limited.
How about the Grand Central Market? That's about 1/2 mi from where you are. Here's a couple threads that might help:
Grand Central Market
317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
118 W 4th Street, LA 90013
Thur-Sat 5PM – 12AM
Lunch: M-F 11:30AM-3PM
132 S Central Ave
Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm; and 5:30pm-10:30pm
TOT / Teishokuya of Tokyo
345 E 2nd St, 90012
Mon-Sun 11:30AM – 11:00 PM
Joy Mart Restaurant
137 Japanese Village Plaza 90012
Mon-Sun 11:30AM – 10:30 PM
Daikokuya (Ramen and Rice Bowls
)327 E 1st St
Mon-Thu 11:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m.
Fri-Sat 11:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m.
Sun 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m
Suehiro Café (Japanese comfort/diner food
)337 E 1st St, 90012
Mon-Thu 11:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m.
Fri-Sun 11:00 a.m.-3:00 a.m.
downtown has very cool bars and lounges, e.g., the edison, but cheap/interesting food? out of all the places people have mentioned, most of which i've been to, i'd choose colori or izayoi, having never been to them.
generally the bars in downtown LA make good cocktails, and we have several very interesting bars near the westin bonaventure, other than the edison: gallery bar at the biltmore hotel (beautiful old building), rooftop bar at the standard hotel (some of the best views in LA), 7 grand, etc. but none of these places is on par with, say, deep ellum in boston for cocktail seriousness.
For really cheap & delicious, walk across Harbor Fwy to the taco stand in the parking lot on the SW corner of 2nd & Beaudry. Splendid tacos while dining alfresco on tables discarded by Fort Gangland Middle School.
I want to thank the L.A. Hounds who responded; these tips are going in my database for future reference.
While I mostly got stuck eating convention-center meals, I did get to Colori for lunch and it was terrific. Quite unprepossessing from the outside (terrible signage), but a lovely $10 lunch special of salad (nice, simply-dressed greens with a few tomatoes), a generous bowl of penne arrabiata (al dente, with a mild dried-ground-chili kick) and a big honking lemonade. Very fine complimentary bread and garlicky white bean spread. Friendly, efficient service on a busy lunch hour. Exactly the kind of Chow tip I love: a delicious value at a place I never would have found on my own.
Also for convenience purposes rather than expected value, I hit Roy's for the prix fixe dinner late one night. Not bad (decent ahi sashimi, middling so-called Mongolian sirloin barbecue, more like a bistro hanger steak, okay strawberry shortcake), but nothing I'd go back for. It served the purpose, though, a quick place to catch up with an old friend. We had a nightcap at the Westin Bonaventure's 35th-floor Bona Vista bar; that thing rotates so fast that my pal and I both found it kind of nauseating, though the view is undeniably pretty.
The little Korean food-court place on the fourth level of the Westin also did the job for a fast meal: nothing to rave about, but respectable; we don't get those kind of outlets in our food courts back home. (This was my Plan B after I sat at the bar at Ciudad, got ignored for 10 minutes when the place was nearly empty, noted that a plate of carnitas was $26, and decided to flee.)
Thanks again, all: I hope I can return the favor on the Boston board someday!