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Jun 21, 2014 01:36 AM

DTLA Night Market reports?

Any reports from Friday night? Trying to decide whether or not to go on Saturday (tonight). Would be nice to know if it was crowded, although lack of crowds on a Friday might not be a good predictor for Saturday.

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  1. Someone on Instagram said it was nicely spaced out and the crowds weren't bad even later. Not sure what the layout is but sounds like they have more room to work with than the 626 at Santa Anita.

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    1. re: TheOffalo

      Encouraging, thanks! As of this moment you can still buy presale tickets online, so that's also a good sign.

    2. Ok, I'm here right now, and I'm posting because I highly recommend it to anyone who sees this in time! It's open until midnight tonight. Lots of great stands and, as of right now, not crowded at all. I'll send a more detailed report later...

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      1. re: QualityMart

        We were all set to go until we heard there was a ten dollar cover. Is this true?


        1. re: QualityMart

          Yes let us know how the crowds are as the evening goes. Also if you've been to the 626 one previously, I'm curious whether there are the same or fewer vendors selling more "authentic" cuisine. I'm pretty sure stinky tofu is NOT available there.

          Also how's the parking?

          1. re: TheOffalo

            Apologies, I didn't have a chance to check my phone again after I posted last night. Looks like a few others responded so hopefully you got the info you needed to make a decision.

            Yeah, I've been to the Arcadia one and the DTLA version was far more enjoyable. It had maybe half the vendors (which is still a *lot* of vendors compared to most food fests) and yes it didn't have the most adventurous ones (I wasn't planning on getting stinky tofu anyway, although we could swear that we smelled it at one point), but the crowd was just so much more manageable and the layout more roomy. Also a fun art section, good bands, etc.. Unfortunately it seems like they didn't do a good enough job marketing this event because nearly all vendors I spoke to said that sales hadn't been very good, at least not on Friday night. They were all more optimistic for Saturday and by 6:30 several vendors said that they had already sold more than they had all of Friday. But other than a 3-4 very popular booths there were almost no lines at any booth. Some of the highlights of what I sampled:

            - Finally tried the ramenburger, and only waited 5 minutes! It was really good, but I'm glad I didn't wait 2 hours for it as people have at other events.
            - Had an *amazing* "fusion" fried chicken sandwich w/ ube spread from the new Formosa Cafe kitchen led by chef Brian Huskey. I will definitely be heading over there to try out the new service.
            - Excellent lamb skewers from "L.A. Original Yang Rou Chuan".
            - Paella from The Paella Artisan.
            - Lots of miscellaneous taiwanese savory and sweet items.

            I'll be curious to see if they do this event again next year. Maybe the crowds weren't big enough to justify doing it again, unless if Saturday night was a massive success. I think they should have done it Saturday and Sunday rather than Friday and Saturday. I'm guessing there's something at The Staples Center on Sunday night that ruled it out.

            1. re: QualityMart

              Sounds like good for attendees but bad for vendors.

        2. Went last night- $10 cover is true. $7 for a 12oz Asahi also true. Not so much "funky" or "challenging" options there- no stinky tofu, etc. Had:
          takoyaki- there are 3+ places serving this. I chose poorly.
          taiwanese sausage- on a stick. simple. good.
          lamb skewers- booth 16. awesome! Chinese muslim style.
          squid roe balls- fried, salted, sugared. very good.
          "chinwich"- from a chinese lamb place. SKIP.
          roti prata- good oily roti, okay curry, one bit of chicken.
          sichuan black ramen- holy crap good. got this because we were the only people to recognize the picture of Chen Kinichi on the sign.

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          1. re: jdwdeville

            Was there from 6:30pm and left at 9:30pm. Was not busy at all when we first got there but when we left, the line to buy tickets to get in was probably several hundred people and the place was getting pretty packed. Food is okay to very good. Live DJ from 4pm and when we were about to leave, there was a band playing. Security is very good for DTLA, they checked all bags and use metal detectors on everyone. Was fun evening for DTLA, will definitely go again next year.

            1. re: jdwdeville

              "got this because we were the only people to recognize the picture of Chen Kinichi on the sign."
              Nice. What was the relation?

              1. re: ns1

                oh I'm not related to chef Kinichi at all.

                1. re: ns1

                  Humor! apparently he has a string of ramen shops using his "original sichuan" recipes....

                  1. re: jdwdeville

                    Did you yell "Allez cuisine!@ before digging in?