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Oct 15, 2011 12:17 AM

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

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

    1. 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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      1. re: katydid13

        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)

        1. re: Akitist

          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!

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

          1. re: dmoutsop

            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.

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

        Mexican Kitchen
        17030 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside, CA 92504

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        1. re: abseygale

          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.

          5115 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

        2. 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!

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

          Noshi Sushi
          4430 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

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          1. re: jesstifer

            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.

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

            1. re: yinyangdi

              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.

              1. re: jesstifer

                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.

          2. 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.

            142 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036