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Dec 30, 2008 06:37 PM

NYC Hounds Visiting, Please Advise!

Will be there for two weeks with my husband. I've been there many times for work, familiar with it, but never had time for some serious Chow. But this time it's for pleasure-only and we're looking to do some serious Chow!

What we're looking for in a nutshell:

Excellent sushi and authentic Korean. For sushi, we're thinking Sushi Zo or Sushi Sushi in Beverly Hills for omakase. Opinions on those two are welcomed! As far as Korean goes, more authentic and hole-in-the-wall the better. My husband spent some time in Korea and is a very picky eater as far as Korean food goes. We WILL travel for these two.

Other than that, as my husband hates driving, we would like to stick to options in or near Hollywood or West Hollywood. Anything goes as far as cuisine's concerned other than the two mentioned below. European, Asian, African, love it all. We're not really looking for four-star restaurants for this as our main "splurge" will be sushi omakase. So we would like to keep it under or around $50/pp here.

Anything organic or environment-friendly is a plus, but certainly is not a requirement.

No Chinese (except for dim sum, if you know of an excellent dim sum place, please recommend!) or Mexican (my husband is not a fan, sob.)

Thank you so much!

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  1. If you're in the mood for something sweet, I would suggest the French macarons at Paulette in Beverly Hills. They do close early, though, but are so worth the effort.
    I've heard that Urasawa (which is really popular on this board) is really good as is Nishi-ya in Glendale.

    Paulette Macarons
    9466 Charleville Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

    1712 Victory Blvd, Glendale, CA 91201

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    1. re: attran99

      Coming from NYC, would not recommend Nishi-ya. My meal ended up about same price as Zo and not nearly as good.

    2. Mori or Zo for Sushi. Urasawa not a hole in the wall.

      For Korean Soot Bull Jeep for the smokey BBQ. Monterey Park (Elite or NBC) for Dim Sum.
      La Mill Silverlake for the worlds best coffee.

      1. You say no "Mexican" because your husband is not a fan. That is a pretty wide swath of cuisine to not be a fan of. In any case, if you can ditch him for a meal then you should go to:

        Look at this prior review / thread to get a better picture of Moles La Tia:

        After you will be able to exclaim "Hole Mole!" ;-D

        1. Hi uwsister,

          Sushi Zo is definitely a good starting point / safe bet. Keizo-san will take care of you. If you're willing to go to Beverly Hills for Sushi Sushi, and you want to "splurge" on an Omakase course, you could consider L.A.'s best: Urasawa. (Do a Search on the LA Boards to read up on multiple reviews of this place.) It's truly an amazing culinary experience. (Note that Urasawa also presents a few cooked dishes (but they are amazing), along w/ the beautiful and extensive Sushi portion of the dinner. :)

          For Dim Sum, Sea Harbour or Elite are my favorites.

          For other Hollywood area choices per your request... there's some great Thai restaurants in the area: Jitlada and its great Southern Thai Cuisine, as well as Palms Thai (which isn't the best Thai food, but some good dishes here and there, but it's home to Thai Elvis which is just... classic :).

          Hope you have an enjoyable trip! :)

          5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

          Urasawa Restaurant
          218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

          Elite Restaurant
          700 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

          Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant
          3939 N. Rosemead Blvd., Rosemead, CA 91770, USA

          Palms Thai Restaurant
          5900 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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          1. re: exilekiss

            I believe Urasawa would be out of our budget limit. Is Sushi Sushi that expensive? I was under the impression that it's about the same with Sushi Zo. We're regulars at Sushi Yasuda in NYC and usually omakase runs a little over or around $300 for two of us, with a cooked app and some sake thrown in.

            I have been to Soot Bull Jeep and Palms Thai, I agree that both are very good. We liked A.O.C very much in the last visit, so if anyone has recs similar to those, I would love them. Again we're looking for mostly places in Hollywood/W. Hollywood other than fantastic sushi and Korean...

            Somebody recommended Comme Ca in WeHo, any opinions?

            1. re: uwsister

              Comme ca is definitely worth a try, if a bit noisy.
              Have you not considered Pizzaria Mozza, or, if you feel flush, the Osteria side?
              Also, think about Lou on Vine, more a wine bar, but good food and reasonably priced

              1. re: uwsister

                id avoid comme ca, not b/c its bad, but b/c you can get the same type of thing in NY

                1. re: uwsister

                  Hi uwsister,

                  No, you're right, Sushi Sushi is in the same price range as Zo for Omakase.

                  1. re: uwsister

                    See below...

                    6703 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

                    Father's Office
                    3229 Helms Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034

                  2. re: exilekiss

                    Also regarding Urusawa, you can gloat that you had Masa for 1/2 the price :)

                  3. For in the area, try Pane E Vino on Beverly Blvd. and if it's a nice night sit outside on the patio. Le Petit Bistro on La Cienega is still good and well within your price range. For simple lebanese food try Cayenne on Beverly Blvd. good for bld. I love their grilled chicken with pomegrante sauce, but all their food is good. If your husband likes a lot of food try Fogo De Chao, it's qualtiy meat, but if you go for lunch it's half price. Some people like porterhouse Bistro on Wilshire, and that is within your range.

                    I like Soot Bull jeep for Korean. A good steak is Tayolors near Soot Bull jeep. Go to Farmers Market for lunch and walk around.