Help a Boston Hound out- birthday dinner recs?
Hounds- am looking for a great birthday dinner recommendation for my baby sister's 30th birthday. I have no west coast knowledge at all, so I turn to you for help. The birthday girl and her husband are (starving) grad students and we'd like to treat them to a really special dinner. She is mostly vegetarian (sometimes will do a little seafood in the right circumstances); he eats everything. They live in Koreatown and do not have a car so it should be easy to get to via public transit (do you have that in L.A.? Kidding- don't hate me!). They love ethnic food so as long as the restaurant is in the special occasion category, anything goes as far as cuisine. If they were here, we'd take them to Oleana- upscale, veg-friendly Mediterranean by Ana Sortun. Price- should be total check of no more than $200 including a drink each and we prefer to send a gift certificate versus just give them cash which they'd be tempted to spend on books. Thanks & happy to report back on their behalf.
Check out Shojin downtown. It is an upscale vegan sushi restaurant. My daughter is a vegetarian, and I've been meaning to take her but haven't gotten around to it. I hear good things about it though.
333 S Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
I have Ana Sortun's cookbook. Can't wait to try her restaurant one day.
Thanks. Looking at menus, I think they would find Rivera interesting and I'd love to send them there but there really are only a couple of small plates that appear vegetarian. Both Drago and Bestia have some nice veg pasta options so are possibilities. Anyone else care to weigh in?
Joking aside, transportation is of course an issue in LA. Koreatown does have a stop on the LA subway line (which exists!), which will take you downtown or to Hollywood (it will also take you to North Hollywood, but not quite close enough to the wonderful Thai places out there).