Studio City area restaurants
Just moved to Studio City (from West LA) and am absolutely lost restaurant-wise.
What are some good mexican and chinese places around?
Mexicali Cantina just west of Sav-On will provide fun, noisy cantina atmosphere, with ok food and quite good margs. Kung Pao Bistro in the block east of McDonald's does Americanized Chinese food better than most, especially some of their shrimp or scallops dishes. Sushi restaurants number over 17, with Nozawa having a very debatable hold on top position, yet with Katsu-Ya, Matsuda, Tama and Iroha all having major fans, yet none of the others are really bad, in that they must compete. Tortas Mexico on Ventura near Vineland in same center with Popeye's Chicken has some very good Mexican fast food, as does Poquito Mas on Ventura/Cahuenga across from Universal.
I grew up in Studio City area (now live in Los Feliz) and my all-time fav restaurant is Casa Vesga. Other's on the board diss it, but come on, it's an institution -- great cheese enchiladas and salsa. It's on Fulton & Ventura. Also, for a great deal at lunch, go to Mogo's on Moorpark & Van Nuys for Mongolian barbeque. Then there's Mazarrino's on Coldwater & Riverside for good ol' fashion Italian. What else... hmmm.... I hear Max on Ventura is good for upscale eating. Sn Fred for trendy eating. Haven't tried because if I'm going "hip" gonna stick to my part of town (enter east side snob). Hamburger Hamlet on Van Nuys, again others diss on board, but, it's a great place that has "everything" (WAY better than Cheesecake Factory where everything is mediocre but huge). Jinky's for breakfast on Ventura (go early). Aroma for upscale coffee house on Tujuna (great area to shop & see where Robert Blake didn't shoot his wife - ha!). Also Caioti there... good Italian cafe. Bob's Big Boy in Burbank is my fiance's favorite and you may be able to see David Lynch drinking a milk shake if he is doing a WB picture nearby (where are you David Lynch, come back to the five & dime and make another pix!). Also, great Sushi restaurants all over Ventura Blvd in Studio City... read other links here about 'em. Sorry, long response, but you asked!
Welcome to the neighborhood!
Studio City ain't happening for Chinese food. I'm Chinese and grew up there. None are great, but they're passable in the Panda-Express kind of way. In order of preference, there's Kung Pao Bistro, Dragon X, and Bamboo Garden (all on Ventura.)
My favorite place in Studio City is Outtake Cafe at Laurel Cyn & Ventura (next door to Mexicali, which I found bleh but good margaritas). Electic/fusion with great fish and pasta (esp the raviolis and buckwheat noodles.) I've never left unsatisfied. Give it a try.
Tama's a good suggestion. Also like Miya Sushi. If you drive a few minutes out west towards Sherman Oaks, there's other great places. Carnival for Lebanese, Spumoni for gnocchi, Hugo's for breakfast, Zankou chicken...
re: Jennifer W.
and further to the previous poster's comment about venturing to Sherman Oaks - try BAMBOO by Hazeltine on the Boulevard for very good Chinese.
And while not your requested cuisines, I would recommend in Studio City:
FIORINI on Ventura (right by the plaza w/ Trader Joes) great indv. pizzas.
SPUMANTE - good Italian
SPARK - wood fired cooking
MATSUDA and KATSU-YA for Sushi
re: Jennifer W.
Quick little SC secrets...
California Cantina on Cahuenga heading up to Hollywood Bowl. Great Basque Spanish/French food.
Hortobagy for stick the ribs polish/russian food
Best NY Pizza in the area is Albannos. Across the street for Art's (GOOD DELI).
Spumante across the street from Jerry's (BAD DELI) on Ventura. Great PRIX FIXE deal
Studio City isn't the best for either of those things, but there are some options if you'll stray a bit North. The only good Chinese place I've found is Chinese Delight on Lankershim near Oxnard. It's not fancy, but at least the food is good. There's Casa Vega on Ventura Bl, but I've never been fond of that place. The best Mexican food is at Casita Taco on Magnolia near Lankershim.
As others have noted, there's not much in the way of Chinese. For years, my favorite was a little take-out place on Ventura between Tujunga & Vineland in the same plaza as Bally's, called Studio Wok. Nothing fancy, just good tangerine beef and velvet chicken type stuff for takeout. It changed hands a few years ago & has a new name, which I forget, but the recipes seemed pretty much the same. Parking is almost impossible, but they deliver in that area.
You could do a lot worse.
Far more plentiful are Thai options. My personal favorite in Studio City (I grew up in SC/North Hollywood) is called Sompun, on Ventura Place. It's been there for 20+ years. Very good, and friendly. No delivery, though. On the same block is an Indian restaurant, Gangadin, which I like a lot.