California cuisine - what not to miss?
I'm not that knowledgable about NY, but I have an idea. And I consider myself an expert on CA and LA's great joints. Let's be real, you'll prolly find a comparable sushi joint in NY, and even an izakaya. Better Italian food, French food, for the mostttt part. But not Mexican. Not fresher veggies often. Not better specialized Korean, Mexican, Viet, Thai, and Chinese. So.... that's where it's at!!!
Try the best Korean spicy tofu joint near Vermont and Olympic, try the mulita near USC at La Taquiza, try Zelo's deep dish pizza in Arcadia, try Din Tai Fung's soup pork dumplings, try the cousin at Kang Kang, go to Rosemead's Nem Nuong, Sapp Coffee House's boat noodles and crab fried rice, Father's Office's burger, Apple Pan's burger, Donut Man's strawberry donut, Mo Chica's everything, Mario's saltados, Bruddahs Hawaiian, Yelp standbys Daikokuya and Portos ... and go back to NY a richer man w/ some memories. Cheappppp options I mentioned!!
Din Tai Fung Restaurant
1108 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007
327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
1033 W Gardena Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247
915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740
Sapp Coffee Shop
5183 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Father's Office Bar
1618 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA
La Taquiza Restaurant
4149 Tweedy Blvd Ste C, South Gate, CA 90280
Where in LA are you going to be? I would expect that the main thing we do well here that you would have a tough time finding in NY would be Mexican and Pacific Rim Fusion. Maybe Sushi. There are also large Vietnamese and Thai communities here, and I don't know how available these are in NY.
There are also 2 places in Downtown LA that lay claim to the birth of the French Dip over 100 years ago, so Philippe and/or Cole's would be a must do, and with our car culture, a Double Double cheeseburger from In-and-Out is another must.
Philippe the Original
1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014