Relatively cheap/interesting in DTLA?
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.