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

ereeck Feb 19, 2014 12:57 PM

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. JAB RE: ereeck Feb 19, 2014 01:18 PM


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      Servorg RE: JAB Feb 19, 2014 02:00 PM

      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. wienermobile RE: ereeck Feb 19, 2014 01:45 PM

      Langer's Deli LA = Katz's Deli NYC

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        TailbackU RE: wienermobile Feb 19, 2014 02:46 PM

        you mean Langer's Deli > Katz Deli

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        Juji RE: ereeck Feb 19, 2014 02:39 PM

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

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          Dirtywextraolives RE: ereeck Feb 19, 2014 10:01 PM

          What is Rita's?

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            set0312 RE: Dirtywextraolives Feb 19, 2014 10:35 PM

            Italian Ice

          2. dbchun RE: ereeck Feb 20, 2014 09:37 AM

            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. A5 KOBE RE: ereeck Feb 20, 2014 09:43 AM

              Lady M

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                schrutefarms RE: ereeck Feb 20, 2014 10:01 AM

                Manhattan Specials found at Bevmo.

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                  lad1818 RE: ereeck Feb 20, 2014 02:03 PM

                  Amazingly, you can get real bialys here:


                  1. steve h. RE: ereeck Feb 24, 2014 03:16 PM

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

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                      Dirtywextraolives RE: ereeck Feb 24, 2014 03:44 PM

                      Papaya King

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                        Ernie RE: Dirtywextraolives Feb 24, 2014 03:49 PM

                        The Hollywood location of Papaya King is (thankfully) closed

                      2. Discokill RE: ereeck Feb 24, 2014 04:21 PM

                        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.

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