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Restaurants/Food that were only in NY and now in LA

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Hey all, I recently came back from New York and loved the food there. I have been scrambling to find some formerly "New York" or "East Coast" only restaurants/foods that are located in (or near) the great city of Angels! Mind you, I'm not looking for exact parallels (i.e. there obviously won't be a 53rd/6th halal cart in L.A. as far as I know), but something very very close. Here are some of my finds:

1) Grimaldi's Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria (El Segundo)
2) Chicken and Rice (Holywood). Not 53rd/6th, but we have chicken and rice now!
3) Rita's (Santa Monica)
4) cronuts (various locations in L.A.)

I would like to add to this list!

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  1. Raos

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    1. re: JAB

      Vegas skews that up...but then again it does the same thing to Grimaldi's (along with Arizona + all the other states it's in).

    2. Langer's Deli LA = Katz's Deli NYC

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      1. re: wienermobile

        you mean Langer's Deli > Katz Deli

      2. The ramen burger? Didn't it start in NY?

        1. What is Rita's?

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          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

            Italian Ice

          2. you can get banana pudding from LA location of Magnolia Bakery

            I keep hearing rumors of Eatly coming to LA but nothign concrete yet

            like the cronuts from Frances the best

            1. Lady M

              1. Manhattan Specials found at Bevmo.

                1. Amazingly, you can get real bialys here:


                  1. Burrata. Lots of places in NYC make it, the best shops import it. Gioia's burrata is worth seeking out.

                    1. Papaya King

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                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                        The Hollywood location of Papaya King is (thankfully) closed

                      2. Not NYC specific but I remember the days (not so long ago) when all of my trips to New York included a stop at Pearl Oyster Bar for the closest I could find to a real lobster roll. Now there's about 10 places I can go to in LA.