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Jun 7, 2010 11:03 AM

NY Chowhound in LA for two days on business and needs good food!

Hello LA,
I will be staying at the Standard in Downtown LA for a couple of days this week and would love suggestions for some great food spots. Looking both for great unexpected lunch spots (for New York read hole in the wall or street vendors) as well as more high end but unusual places for client lunches and dinners. Help please!

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  1. La Serenata De Garibaldi in Boyle Heights is a Mexican seafood restaurant unlike anything I ever had in NY -- one of our finest kitchens. Koreatown is nearby and offers a wealth of "unexpected lunch spots " - try Mapo House and get the Dough Flake Soup and grilled makerel, or try one of the Tofu joints (Beverly Soon Tofu Restaurant or So Kong Dong) or try Chil Bo Myun Ok for naeng myun and giand beef ribs.
    In Little Tokyo there is alot of goodness Sushi Gen, Kokeekoko (yakitori), Lazy Ox Canteen (gastropub). Yxta is a lovely family run Mexican and Wurstuchke a popular exotic sausage and world-artisanal beer haus.
    San Gabriel Valley is 20-30 minutes east of you and has some of the best Chinese food in the world: amazing Szechuan, Yunaan, Cantonese, Hunan, Shanghai and Taiwanese (slightly more limited Beijing/Northern offerings but some).

    So Kong Dong
    2716 W Olympic Blvd Ste 104, Los Angeles, CA 90006

    La Serenata De Garibaldi
    1842 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033

    Little Tokyo Restaurant
    150 E Bonita Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773

    Lazy Ox Canteen
    241 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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    1. re: Ciao Bob

      It's Wurstkuche.

      800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

      1. re: Ciao Bob

        Ya beat me to it, Bob. Good call on Serenata... can't think of a better place to send someone from a great food city.

        1. re: Ciao Bob

          Just a personal preference, but I'd travel the extra few blocks to Moles Las Tia instead of doing Serenata. Look at both menus online though and see what appeals.

        2. Wood Spoon for chicken pot pies and a pork burger that will knock your socks off (if you are into juicy pork). Langer's Deli (open for breakfast and lunch Mon. through Sat. only) for the best pastrami on rye in (possibly) all of North America and the Nickel Diner for bacon donuts (mmm - bacon!).

          Langer's Delicatessen
          704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

          Wood Spoon
          107 W Ninth St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

          Nickel Diner
          524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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          1. re: Servorg

            Wow, recommending a pastrami sandwich (best in North America in fact) to a New Yorker! Like your chutzpah!

            1. re: moomoo60

              Hey, they can then go home and tell everyone how weak it was! lol Really, I like trying other places that have what the locals consider to be the "best" of whatever - especially if I can hold it up against the prism of the quality of the same thing we have here in LA.

              1. re: Servorg

                One other (excellent) Korean idea. Probably our top K BBQ place in LA. Check out this great recent review by Exile Kiss:

                Park's BBQ
                955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

              2. re: moomoo60

                You will be shocked. It is not a secret. I am an ex-NYer...Langer's beats every NY deli on bread and pastrami by a country mile.

              3. re: Servorg

                I like Nickel, burger's decent, but it's a bit "out of the way" in downtown. Like in the ghetto-ish part of downtown.

              4. For your client dinners, try the new Wolfgang Puck place at the top of the new Ritz-Carlton by the Staples Center.

                Staples Center
                1111 S Figueroa St Ste 3100, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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                  1. re: wienermobile

                    Thanks, wieney, I was having a brain fart....;-P!

                1. Head very slightly east and find Nina ( or hit up Antojitos Carmen for real Mexico City-style snacks (antojitos). If you find Nina, don't miss the quesadillas, either with huitlacoche or with flores de calabaza (squash blossoms). Get it "con todo" and then sprinkle her amazing dry salsa (salsa de semillas) on top.

                  Antojitos Carmen
                  2510 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033

                  1. Thanks to all you LA hounds. Wish I had more than two days to try all the ideas!

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                    1. re: moomoo60

                      don't forget Church and State, and second Lazy Ox and Wurstkutche