The hottest new tables in L.A. dish up a meaty selection of fusion cuisines.
A-Frame: In a former IHOP, Roy Choi of Kogi food-truck fame recently opened this lively ski-chalet-style restaurant, serving up such inventive dishes as beer-marinated crispy chicken with kimchi and two salsas. 12565 Washington Blvd. $$
Bottega Louie: You’ll swear that the Parisian patisserie Ladurée had launched in L.A. when you walk into Bottega Louie. The restaurant is a morning pastry shop and market, lunchtime café, and all-day dining room decked out in white marble and gilded French antiques. Go for the perfect pizzas, pastas, and mâche with chicken—and macarons. 700 S. Grand Ave. $$$
Ink: Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio takes an arty approach to food, piling sugar-snap peas up like a Jenga puzzle surrounded by nitrogen-cooled coconut. A penchant for molecular gastronomy doesn’t distract from triumphs such as egg-yolk gnocchi, but does make Ink as serious as its sexy, all-gray space. 8360 Melrose Ave. $$$
Umamicatessen: L.A.’s craze for gourmet ground beef has pushed the delectable Umami into the forefront with 12 SoCal locations. Its latest success combines 11 types of burgers, classic deli sandwiches, pork treats, and fried-to-order German chocolate doughnuts. 852 S. Broadway. $$
Sotto and Picca: Stacked atop one another in a New York–style town house, these two restaurants couldn’t be more different. Sotto specializes in Italian-accented cocktails and Neapolitan pizzas. Upstairs, Picca is run by Ricardo Zarate, a trained sushi chef who incorporates his Peruvian roots and the region’s tangy ají amarillo pepper into small plates that are even more delicious than they are gorgeous. 9575 W. Pico Blvd. $$$
Tar & Roses: This boisterous gastropub in Santa Monica focuses on farm-to-table vegetable dishes such as wood-roasted peas with mint, plus charcuterie and plates of rib-sticking braised lamb belly. 602 Santa Monica Blvd. $$
Want to spot a celebrity? Nightlife impresario and VIP events producer Bryan Rabin tells T+L where to find them.
Have breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Fountain Coffee Room or lunch at the hotel’s Polo Lounge.
Pretend not to notice regular Jon Hamm at Little Dom’s, in Los Feliz. Other star supper haunts: Il Covo, Bouchon in Beverly Hills, and Tower Bar at Sunset Tower Hotel.
Sip late-night drinks in the living room at Chateau Marmont.
Mingle with the fashion crowd on the rooftop of the Thompson Hotel, in Beverly Hills.
Shop at Fred Segal on Melrose or Kitson and Chanel on Robertson Boulevard, and search for vintage finds at the weekend Malibu Country Mart.
Restaurant Pricing Key
$ Less than $25
$$ $25 to $75
$$$ $75 to $150
$$$$ More than $150