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Native New Yorker moving to LA - hancock park/larchmont village area and need some recs in the hood!

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bud0711 Oct 15, 2011 12:17 AM

Please help, I'm looking for some good local places around Hancock park/larchmont village for casual weeknight dinners. Will venture out of the area on the weekends but would like to stay local during the week. Will be working on wilshire/la brea so will take recs around that area as well!
Looking forward to exploring the LA food scene. Thanks in advance!

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    foodiemahoodie Oct 15, 2011 01:25 AM

    Well, if you're jonesing for Le Bernadin, you'll likely enjoy Providence. You can probably walk to it and it is terrific.

    1. katydid13 Oct 15, 2011 08:52 AM

      Highly recommend Cafe Verona, 201 S. La Brea Ave., for any meal of the day. Tasty Italian fare well prepared, and great coffee!

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        Akitist Oct 15, 2011 09:35 AM

        On Larchmont, a sidewalk table at Le Petit Greek. I know next to nothing about Greek food, but the people-watching on a Saturday afternoon is great.

        (Indended as a reply to OP, not Katydid13)

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          dmoutsop Oct 18, 2011 05:30 PM

          I just moved to LA, too, and I'm sorry to say that Le Petit Greek was mediocre at best. It was also overpriced. Don't waste your money... People watch someplace else!

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          Le Petit Cafe
          2842 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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            Akitist Oct 19, 2011 02:11 PM

            Well, price was someone else's department and there was a plenitude of wine, plus the company was good, so I was not inclined to be critical of the food.

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        abseygale Oct 15, 2011 10:07 AM

        I suggest you try Tere's Mexican Kitchen on Melrose. The fish tostada and the huevos rancheros are terrific.

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        Mexican Kitchen
        17030 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside, CA 92504

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          Clyde Oct 15, 2011 12:04 PM

          Tere's Mexican is a great suggestion. also, check out Lou for tapas i think it's on vine just north of melrose. i sure hope you like korean food, you are steps away from amazingness! one of my favorites is not far from you at western, north of beverly. it's called western doma noodle and the service is super slow so if you don't have a couple of hours you may want to call it in to go. tons of options nearby for korean food. also, re: wilshire/la brea i can help you out there. Genwa is just a couple of blocks away at highland and wilshire. wonderful korean food but a bit pricey. i always take my leftovers to go and eat them the next day so it's 2 meals for me. you an also go to la brea bakery just north of wilshire on labrea for a quick delish sandwich to go. slow fish sushi just opened up so i don't know how that is, it's on wilshire west of la brea but it's gotta be better than the other sushi spots in the miracle mile area. depending on how far you want to walk over lunch-- the food trucks are all just east of fairfax at wilshire. also, you have mixt greens which is good for a salad, and black dog cafe for salad, soup, sandwiches. AVOID -- johnnies pizza, marie callendars, baja fresh, starfish sushi, just a few places that stink in the area. people seem to like yuko kitchen but i think it's too pricey for what you get, but check it out. unfortunately, miracle mile area isn't the best foodie destination.

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          Genwa
          5115 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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          jesstifer Oct 15, 2011 10:36 AM

          You could do worse (and probably will) for NY style pizza than Village Pizzeria on Larchmont.
          Noshi Sushi on Bevery will be a go-to. Taylor's Steakhouse. And welcome to Koreatown!

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          Taylor's Steakhouse
          3361 West 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90005

          Noshi Sushi
          4430 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

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            yinyangdi Oct 19, 2011 08:04 PM

            I am not a fan of Noshi Sushi and would direct you to excellent (A+) sushi/sashimi & cooked dishes (omakase or a la carte from the menu) at 7015 Melrose Sushi & Sake (fka Shunji's). Delizioso! My favorite sushi-ya at the moment.

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            7015 Melrose Sushi & Sake
            7015 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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              jesstifer Oct 19, 2011 09:56 PM

              I'd be curious what OP's dining strata is. Me, if I'm moving to a new neighborhood, I could care less if the most amazing omakase or Michelin star is nearby. Providence? Sure, but I'm dining there once a year, whether its a ten mile or ten day walk. When I ask "What's in the hood," I want to know where to get a sandwich, a slice, a taco, a burger, a good breakfast, a <$10 martini... And sushi I can afford to eat once a week. For me, that's Noshi. YMMV.

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                Bert Oct 21, 2011 04:44 PM

                I'm with Jesstifer on this. Noshi isn't mind-blowing or life-altering, but it's a fantastic local sushi joint with a great price/quality ratio.

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            coffeebrownies Oct 15, 2011 12:51 PM

            Tinga on La Brea for their tacos. Not always loved on this board--but they are our go-to, too-tired-to-cook quick/cheap dinner solution. Unfortunately, they close at 9, so more often than not, by the time we realize that we crave Tinga tacos we are too late to satisfy the urge.

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            Tinga
            142 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

            1. perk Oct 15, 2011 03:49 PM

              There's a terrific new wine bar with very good small plates on La Brea and 3rd. It's called 320 South (for its street address). You can do wine by the pour from machines...or oder bottles, and some things by the glass. I've found all the food to be excellent, service is great, and Edgar (the owner and host) is very knowledgeable about wine and is delightful. It's open for lunch and dinner.

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                yinyangdi Oct 17, 2011 02:02 AM

                I've been to 3Twenty Wine Lounge several times for wine and small bites. It's a great addition to the neighborhood.
                http://www.320southwine.com/

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                3Twenty Wine Lounge
                320 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                  perk Oct 17, 2011 02:17 PM

                  Thanks for the proper spelling!

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                QualityMart Oct 15, 2011 11:57 PM

                Mario's Peruvian. Osteria Mamma. Lou On Vine. Cactus Taqueria (it's a stand). Millions of things in Koreatown. :)

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                Lou on Vine
                724 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

                Mario's Peruvian & Seafood
                5786 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

                Cactus
                950 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

                Osteria Mamma
                5730 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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                  FranklinJefferson Oct 16, 2011 09:48 AM

                  Street on Highland just north of Melrose
                  California Chicken Cafe on Melrose just across Highland
                  M Cafe de Chaya on Melrose just past La Brea
                  Mozza2Go on Melrose and Highland
                  Xiomara on Melrose before Highland
                  Angeli Cafe on Melrose just across La Brea
                  and of course, Campanile on La Brea just above Wilshire (not generally considered 'casual', but their Monday Night 'Family Dinner', Thursday Night 'Grilled Cheese Night' and the ongoing $5 Wine/Appetizers at the bar promotion make for a much less formal atmosphere)

                  Welcome to LA!

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                  Xiomara
                  6101 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

                  M Cafe de Chaya
                  9433 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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                    yinyangdi Oct 17, 2011 02:17 AM

                    tried to add link for Melrose location for M Cafe de Chaya

                    7119 Melrose Avenue
                    Hollywood, CA 90046
                    323.525.0588

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                    M Cafe de Chaya
                    7119 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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                    samthechef Oct 16, 2011 03:55 PM

                    The main thing is to just be open minded and avoid comparing everything here to there. You won't find pizza, bagels, Italian Bread, deli, etc. that will make you forget Strombolis, H&H, Zitos's, Katz's, etc. When i made the same move 8 years ago that's what i was looking for. Big mistake. What you will find here is a diversity of foods every bit as varied as NYC. I find the best Mexican food to be street food in Mexican neighborhoods. Good luck.

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                      scottca075 Oct 21, 2011 05:05 PM

                      >>>The main thing is to just be open minded and avoid comparing everything here to there. You won't find pizza, bagels, Italian Bread, deli, etc.<<<

                      Amen to that, it gets old hearing how L.A. just doesn't have good {fill in the blank} compared to NYC.

                      Nearby look at La Brea Bakery, The Little Door, Toast, AOC, Food Court LA, joan's on third, Jar, King's Road Cafe, Who's on Third, Loteria Grill, Locanda Venatta, Izaka-Ya, Berri's Pizza, Sofi Greek Restaurant & Garden. There is also all kinds of great Korean close by from somewhat upscale like Park's BBQ to down home bars like the OB Bear.

                      Not every place I mention is necessarily total Chow worthy, but close and decent. Many, many more places close by though, it just depends on what you are looking for.

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                      AOC
                      8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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

                      Loteria Grill
                      6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                      La Brea Bakery
                      624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                      Berri's Pizza Cafe
                      8415 Pershing Dr, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293

                      The Little Door
                      8164 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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                      paprkutr Oct 18, 2011 05:41 PM

                      Cayenne Cafe on Beverly Blvd. one and half blocks west of LaBrea on the north side. Sort of middle eastern, very good. Open for BLD. East India Grill on LaBrea.

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                      BLD Restaurant
                      7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                      East India Grill
                      345 N La Brea Ave Ste A, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                        jonplaywright Oct 18, 2011 06:20 PM

                        While it's not really a dinner place (though they do serve panini and a few other items), for dessert, you can't beat Susina Bakery on Beverly just west of La Brea.

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                        Susina Bakery & Cafe
                        7122 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                          califkatie Oct 18, 2011 06:26 PM

                          Cube restaurant on La Brea near melrose.

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                            carter Oct 18, 2011 08:30 PM

                            Osteria La Buca on Melrose @ Wilton or Osteria Mamma on Melrose @ Larchmont Blvd.
                            As others have said, Lou Wine Bar on Vine Street in the first block north of Melrose, across from Pavilions, in the same center as Flaming Patty's back in the corner, is quite good food and even better wines.
                            Tere's on Melrose @ Cahuenga has a chile relleno burrito that is more than just good, it is very good, but very heavy. Do not order anything else at the same meal period. It is huge.
                            For coffee and breakfasty kinds of things, try Bricks & Scones on Larchmont just a bit north of Beverly, yet do avoid the Koo Koo Roo on the corner of that intersection.
                            4 other places I have not tried recently, yet deserve to at least be heard about would include Xiomara, Puebla Vieja, and Lucy's El Adobe, all on Melrose, and Prado on Larchmont just south of Beverly.

                            1. EarlyBird Oct 19, 2011 01:12 PM

                              Welcome to LA.

                              My wife and I are regulars at the Fiddler's Bistro on 3rd St., a couple of blocks west of La Brea. Everything they do is very good, very solid. I have never been disappointed. They have great breakfasts too.

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                              Fiddler's Bistro
                              6009 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                                samtron608 Oct 19, 2011 01:19 PM

                                about a mile or so north is vine and sunset blvd...you will find Hungry Cat. a pretty good spot for some seafood. there is a burger joint but forget the name..its huge so you will see it.
                                a little west on melrose/highland area: pizzeria mozza, providence, hatfields.
                                avoid larchmont food..overpriced.
                                go east and there is goldmine of korean food. from bbq, soups, to tapas/bar food.
                                labrea/wilshire: you will find umami burger, luna park and genwa.

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                                  NAspy Oct 20, 2011 05:16 PM

                                  Village Pizza on Larchmont Blvd itself is really pretty good "NY style" pizza in LA and it's definitely casual.

                                  Also, don't miss out on Larchmont Food and Wine sandwiches -- just follow the gaggle of Marlborough girls in skirts and polos around 4 PM. There's usually a line that moves pretty quickly and they make the sandwiches til they run out of bread.

                                  Le Petit Greek is pretty good, but nothing outstanding, which is my rating for the rest of the places on Larchmont Blvd itself. And prices tend to be higher on this street for the food you get, simply because of the neighborhood's boutiquey vibe.

                                  BLD, somewhat further west on Beverly and Vista is a restaurant we really like -- casual with excellent food, particularly breakfast (ricotta pancakes!) and dinner.

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                                  BLD Restaurant
                                  7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                  Le Petit Restaurant
                                  13360 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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                                    coffeebrownies Oct 20, 2011 07:56 PM

                                    My son and I used to love going to VIllage Pizza--3 slices between us, two big sodas and out for $10. Pizza was good and eating pizza there always put us a in a good mood. There are better pizzas, finer pizza joints, but this one is a good Tuesday night kind of place.

                                  2. mikeop34 Oct 21, 2011 03:13 PM

                                    I live in that area, welcome! A lot of good recs here, I would second the Cactus taqueria stand, Bricks & Scones, Lou on Vine and also Koreatown in general.

                                    Some more suggestions:
                                    - Jar, my favorite steakhouse in LA, on Beverly near Fairfax
                                    - Golden State, one of my favorite burgers in LA, on Fairfax between Beverly and Melrose - quick caveat, it's a more straightforward burger whereas a lot of other places in LA, like Father's Office and Stout, are less conventional. Actually, Stout is really close by, too, on Cahuenga near Sunset.
                                    - La Nueva Flor Blanca, a Salvadoran/pupuseria on Beverly near Normandie
                                    - brunch: Griddle Cafe on Sunset/Fairfax and Black Cat Bakery on Fairfax near 6th
                                    - Thai Town near Hollywood and Western has a variety of restaurants, Jitlada is pretty popular on this board for Southern Thai food, and Spicy BBQ and Krua Siri are both good for Northern/Eastern Thai. Thai Patio, Ruen Pair and Sanamluang are not bad, too. There's a ton of places all around there.
                                    - a couple relatively new beer bars in K-Town on Western - Biergarten and Beer Belly - are both fun and different

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                                    Father's Office
                                    1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

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

                                    Ruen Pair Restaurant
                                    5257 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                    Lou on Vine
                                    724 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

                                    Spicy BBQ
                                    5101 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

                                    La Nueva Flor Blanca
                                    4271 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

                                    The Golden State
                                    426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                    Biergarten
                                    206 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004

                                    Black Cat Bakery
                                    519 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                    Krua Siri
                                    5103 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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                                      vegetablelasagna Oct 21, 2011 05:33 PM

                                      Phillip's BBQ -- Adams & Crenshaw (West Adams/South LA)
                                      Cactus Tacos -- Vine bet. Melrose & Santa Monica (Hollywood)
                                      El Cholo -- Western bet. Olympic & Pico (Koreatown/Mid-City)
                                      Sam's Bagels -- Larchmont bet. Beverly & 1st (Hancock Park/Larchmont Village)
                                      Bagel Broker -- Beverly bet. Fairfax & La Brea (Miracle Mile)
                                      Brooklyn Bagels -- Beverly & Rampart (Rampart)
                                      Dan Sung Sa -- 6th & Berendo (Koreatown)
                                      Kyochon Chicken -- 6th & Serrano (Koreatown)
                                      Zankou Chicken -- Sunset & Normandie (East Hollywood)
                                      In N' Out Burger -- Sunset & Orange (Hollywood)
                                      Sushi Ike -- Hollywood & Gower (Hollywood)
                                      Scoops (ridiculous ice cream) -- Melrose bet. Normandie & Vermont (Melrose Bike District)
                                      Messob -- Fairfax bet. Olympic & Pico (Little Ethiopia)
                                      Papa Cristos -- Pico & Normandie (Mid-City)
                                      Canter's Deli -- Fairfax bet. Melrose & Beverly (Fairfax)
                                      Langer's Deli -- 7th & Alvarado (Westlake/MacArthur Park)
                                      Jan's Diner -- Beverly bet. La Cienega & Sweetzer (West Hollywood)
                                      101 Diner -- Franklin & Gower (Hollywood)
                                      Tomato Pie Pizza Joint -- Melrose bet. Fairfax & La Brea (Melrose)
                                      Fish Grill -- Beverly bet. Fairfax & La Brea (Miracle Mile)
                                      Milk -- Beverly bet. Fairfax & La Brea (Miracle Mile)
                                      Bulan Thai (vegetarian Thai, it's crazy good tho) -- Melrose bet. Fairfax & La Brea (Melrose)
                                      Farmer's Market (Bourek stand, Magee's, donut place) -- 3rd & Fairfax (Fairfax)
                                      La Brea Bakery -- 6th & La Brea (Miracle Mile)
                                      Ink/Ink Sack -- Melrose bet. La Cienega & Sweetzer (West Hollywood)

                                      Welcome to LA. These are all fairly close to Hancock Park/Larchmont. Try to avoid parking lots with donut shops.

                                      PS -- I'm a fellow ex-NYer (born & raised in the city), and the bagels and pizza on the list are the best/closest I've found. Langer's pastrami (specifically the #19 sandwich), better than Katz's. Believe.

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                                      Papa Cristos
                                      2771 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

                                      La Brea Bakery
                                      624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                      Kyochon Chicken
                                      3833 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

                                      Tomato Pie Pizza Joint
                                      7751 1/2 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

                                      Bagel Broker
                                      7825 Beverly Blvd 5, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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