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New Restaurants Near KTown to Try Now!

Mid-summer doldrums got you down? Time to perk up your palate with some hot new restaurant action! LA is sizzling with exciting options, guaranteed to tempt your taste buds. From the rebirth of a Hollywood icon, to fresh offerings from seasoned chefs, a hip Brooklyn import, and even a crazy glow-in-the-dark ramen mobile kitchen, you won’t run out of great new restaurants to try near KTown!

 

Formosa Cafe

7156 Santa Monica Blvd.

West Hollywood, CA 90046

 

A Hollywood icon is reborn! After its closure in 2016. followed by an uncertain future, Formosa Cafe recently reopened with a multimillion dollar renovation. Located across from the then-Samuel Goldwyn studio, Formosa first opened its doors in 1939, and soon became a favorite hang for stars like Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, and Elvis Presley. Among the new interior design restorations is the full reveal of the iconic and original red trolley car, dating back to 1904 and confirmed to be the oldest surviving red train car in existence. Formosa’s current owners worked with local L.A. archivists and hospitality notables to help inform the new food and cocktail menu – a retrospective of Formosa’s culinary evolution since the 1920’s. The new Formosa not only transports guests back in time to the glory days of Hollywood, but with its new menu, patrons are given another way to connect to a part of L.A.’s gastronomic history.

 

Nakamura.ke Mobile Kitchen

Yamashiro Hollywood

1999 N Sycamore Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90068

 

After serving 1000+ bowls of lumen ramen at its debut in Atlanta, Nakamura.ke is bringing their eye-popping Glow in the Dark Ramen Experience to LA! The world’s first glow-in-the-dark ramen shop, Nakamura-ke Mobile Kitchen is a mobile dining experience showcasing high-end glow-in-the-dark food and cocktails created by award-winning chefs and designers. Unlike a typical bar or club, the Nakamura-ke {House of Nakamura} is a totally immersive dining experience including theatrics, storytelling, art, and folklore.

 

Angler

Beverly Center

8500 Beverly Blvd Suite 117

Los Angeles, CA 90048

 

Angler is a sea-life focused restaurant from Chef Joshua Skenes and Saison Hospitality located in the heart of Los Angeles. The menu is a collection of local bounty. Each day’s inspiration is drawn from the products themselves and is an articulation of their natural flavors, served at their peak taste. The cooking is slow and deliberate, pausing to pay attention to all the little details that make good food great. Angler works with a small group of fishermen, hunters, gatherers, ranchers, and farmers to find and follow microclimates that produce the highest quality products in local existence. All of the cooking revolves around open wood fire and a fireplace designed for Chef Skenes’ unique methodology, techniques, and tools for extracting the best flavors.

 

Kassi Club

8422 W 3rd St

Los Angeles, CA 90048

 

The Kassi Club is the latest venture from the ‘Wish You Were Here Group’ that brought you Elephante, The Eveleigh, and Dudley’s. A vibrant lounge and restaurant in West Hollywood, guests, will be transported from LA to a New Age Greek Taverna. The Kassi Club encourages group dining with a menu offering Mediterranean island food, including a variety of seafood and roasted meats from the wood fired grill. The lively bar scene, as well as regular DJ nights, create an enticing environment for patrons to mingle in a relaxed, intimate setting.

 

Antico

4653 Beverly Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90004

 

Antico is a restaurant that draws inspiration from the Italian countryside, preserving ancient techniques and traditions in food and wine. Start with the Chef’s Pantry antipasti, featuring salumi, cheese, bread, and preserves from the sea. Work your way through the menu of Garden and Market Salads, Pasta, and wood fired specialties, including a chef’s selection of vegetables, chicken, steak, and lamb.

 

Five Leaves LA

4845 Fountain Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90029

 

A chic import from Brooklyn, Five Leaves restaurant is a cheery, light-filled haven in East Hollywood serving an eclectic all-day menu including ricotta pancakes, avocado toast, sweet corn fritters, green tea noodles, and a Moroccan scramble. Segue into night to savor flash fried oysters, grilled prawns, a selection of meat dishes, and the Five Leaves Burger, with Aussie wagyu beef, grilled pineapple, house- pickled beet, harissa, mayo and sunny up egg on sesame brioche.

 

Ototo

1360 Allison Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90026

 

Ototo is a sake bar from Chef Charles Namba and Courtney Kaplan, located next door to its “big brother” restaurant Tsubaki. Ototo brings an ever-changing selection of traditional and innovative sakes—with a focus above all on featuring small, craft breweries, aka jizake. Japanese beers, and a wide selection of shochu. Drinking snacks include Okonomiyaki, savory Japanese cabbage pancakes; Oden, old school Japanese soul food – a dashi-braised hot pot served with hot mustard; radicchio salad, panko fried oysters, and Délice de Bourgogne cheese with black truffles. 

 

auburn

6703 Melrose Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90038

 

Chef Eric Bost’s (République, Guy Savoy, Alain Ducasse) debut restaurant auburn juxtaposes the higher echelon of traditional fine dining with an emphasis on guest exploration and conviviality, while paying homage to Los Angeles’ uninhibited culinary identity in a space designed with honest materials by local makers. The menu is based on a unique perspective of a multiple course format, built around guest liberty and the absence of strict rules. Diners are encouraged to guide their own experience, allowing freedom and flexibility, while stripping away formality. In contrast to the main dining menu, the bar offers a fully à la carte selection, maintaining the same culinary philosophy while contributing an entirely different way to enjoy auburn.