5 New LA Restaurants to Try This Weekend

By Lesley Balla  |  March 27, 2014
Credit: Justice Urban Tavern

This week has been huge for new restaurants, from suburban steakhouses to spicy Thai, Korean hot pots and prix fixe havens. Here are five new spots to check out this week around LA.

Downtown LA: The group behind The Churchill, The Hudson and DBA debut Fifty Seven tonight in the Arts District. Chef David Nayfield (Eleven Madison Park) leads the kitchen, serving seasonally changing prix fixe menus in the former Heniz 57 loading dock, adding even more delicious options for the corner where Bestia, Bread Lounge and Stumptown Coffee Roasters live. The chef swaps out every few months but expect Nayfield's menus through the summer, with more top chefs from around he country taking over for varying degrees of time after. The restaurant opens for dinner at 5:30 PM (712 S. Santa Fe Ave.; 213-816-8157).

Koreatown: With the opening of Roy Choi's new hot pot restaurant at The Line Hotel, the POT trifecta is now complete. Look for soulful, traditional Korean food with a slight Choi twist...and plenty of references to the other kind of pot. See our first look on the menu and space here (3515 Wilshire Blvd.; 213-368-3030).

Glendale: Michael Mina is back in LA with his Bourbon Steak concept. The restaurant started grilling at Glendale's Americana at Brand this week. There's an extensive cocktail menu with an emphasis on the brown spirits (natch), a daytime cafe and patisserie, a large patio, steaks galore, lobster pot pie and more. Sounds like dinner and a movie might be in order. Here's the lowdown (237 S. Brand Blvd.; 818-839-4130).

Silver Lake: Kris Yenbamroong brings his spicy Thai street food to the eastern enclave with Night + Market Song. The colorful spot has his greatest hits, like Thai chicken wings, chicken larb and crab fried rice and so much more. Dinner hours only for now, with lunch opening soon. It's also cash only this week, and since they're waiting on the beer and wine license, absolutely no BYO (3322 W. Sunset Blvd.).

Little Tokyo: Civic Center workers have a new hang at Justice Urban Tavern, a new gastropub-themed spot near the Doubletree Hotel. Breakfast, lunch, burgers and beer are just a few things you'll find, plus a great happy hour to make afternoons happier (120 S. Los Angeles St.; 213-473-1229).