NY Chowhound in LA for two days on business and needs good food!
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!
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
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!).
704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
107 W Ninth St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Head very slightly east and find Nina (http://twitter.com/breedstscene) 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.
2510 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033