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New York hound here. I'm coming to LA for about 6 days, May 6-12. I'm considering my restaurant list while I visit and so far I've got Osteria Mozza, Ink, Animal, Maude, and Hinoki + Bird as my must go to places. Any other places in those price ranges that I should consider? I was also thinking about The Gorbals but they're opening one up here soon.

One more question, I'm looking for Dim Sum, with or without carts, just some really awesome tasting food, suggestions?

Thank you in advance!

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  1. For dim sum in the San Gabriel Valley (east of downtown, accessible during non-rush hours) this is a pretty comprehensive, current thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/967414

    1. bestia / chi spacca

      dim sum = elite / sea harbour, church key for american style dim sum (don't ask, just google)

      1. Based on your list, and considering the fact you're from NYC, I would keep only Animal and Ink from your original list.

        Others I would consider would be Alma, Alumette, Red Medicine and Chi SPACCA.

        For dim sum, opinions and preferences vary, but for carts your best bet are 888 or Ocean Star, for off-the-menu, I think the best bets are either Sea Harbour or Elite, but feel free to peruse the thread that "nosh" linked up above.

        Enjoy your visit.

        1. For Dim Sum I really like Sea Harbour in Rosemead (in the SGV) no carts. Great food. Always a wait on weekends but worth it.

          Other LA restaurants you might check out include Gjelina and Superba Snack Bar in Venice. Park's BBQ and the soon to open Pot in Koreatown. Tar & Roses and Rustic Canyon in Santa Monica. MB Post in Manhattan Beach. Son Of A Gun, a sea food version of Animal in West Hollywood and Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle for wonderful ramen. Welcome to LA.

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          1. re: wienermobile

            Thanks for the dim sum suggestions everyone! I've definitely looked into Sea Harbour and 888, it was on a list of the best dim sum places in LA. Thanks for the link!

            POT is definitely on my list, I'd want to check it out.

            1. re: AquaAllegoria

              Just went to POT. I don't really drink cocktails, but I thoroughly enjoyed what I had there, and my friend who is super into cocktails also liked it a lot.

              1. re: BacoMan

                Are they serving food yet? Did you try any?

                1. re: wienermobile

                  No, no food as far as I could tell.

                  It's a somewhat unusual place. Ultra-luxurious feel, but then you can hangout at tables and use free wi-fi and study (many people were doing this).

                  Actually, because of this, it rather felt like the kind of bar I might actually go to. You can easily have a conversation while enjoying the cocktails, quite pleasant.

                  They are not drawing that much of a crowd though, and cocktails take a LONG time to make. You should probably just order multiples at once if you care about that, because we were there for an hour and a half, and each had 2 cocktails. It took minimum of 20-30 minutes for them to make a cocktail. I'm not a cocktail person, so not sure if that is an average time to get a cocktail or not. But the Walnut and Hops were really pleasant.

                  The Long Islands (nice to see they aren't too pretentious to serve these, like Hinoki & The Bird), are very smokey with mescal and alovera "boba".

                  The Uni cocktail is a must-try, but somewhat intense to drink all yourself (though my friend loved his). The Mushroom is also quite intense, but again my friend loved it.

                  There seems to be something for everyone.

                  It would be nice to be able to get food that was just as creative there though.

          2. Do you have any interest in our Korean options? Even is you simply want to experience Korean BBQ at Parks http://parksbbq.com/ it would be a good adder to your list while out here. Also a side trip for Ricky's https://twitter.com/RickysFishTacos fish tacos or Tacos Punta Cabras http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8905... would be a memorable segue for a NY'er I think.

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            1. re: Servorg

              If you do decide on Korean food of some type, but you don't want to do BBQ then you might consider a place like Yu Chun Chic Naeng Myun for spicy pork & kimchi bibimbap (for example).

              3185 W Olympic Blvd
              Los Angeles, CA 90006
              (213) 382-3815

              1. re: Servorg

                Re: Korean BBQ, we have a place in Queens that's heavily Korean BBQed, I've had some pretty fantastic food there, I'm not sure I'd want to do that while I'm in LA.

                Tacos are a must try. Thanks for that.