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Here's Looking At You

3901 W. Sixth St. (S. Oxford St.) Send to Phone
Chic, cozy Koreatown spot with progressive fare and cocktails.

Dinner Wed.-Mon.

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Here's Looking At You, Los Angeles, CA

Here's Looking At You Restaurant Review

: This casually chic Koreatown spot is one of the neighborhood’s more intriguing non-Korean restaurants, and the cocktails are worth a stop alone. A young, hip crowd packs the house --- be sure to snag a reservation in advance --- though the lively bar is a great perch for walk-ins. Chef/partner Jonathan Whitener (Animal) offers plenty of seasonal fare that riffs on progressive global concepts. Examples include nectarines with Syrian feta, pigweed and sumac, plus the Japanese saba with red ale, smoked soy, grapefruit and sorrel. Most plates are small and shareable, and it’s fun to pair them with something off the smart, French-leaning boutique wine list. Dishes aren’t always consistent, as with a beef tartare with ramps and turnips that’s overwhelmed by red chili. Grilled quail with beets is a more nuanced, ethereal choice. Sturgeon served atop aged rice porridge with chicken skin, buttermilk and seagrass is pleasant and interesting, but not completely memorable. The yuzu tart for dessert, however, is something you're sure to recall for quite some time. Cocktails are ambitious if a bit precious, with eye-catching names and descriptions --- "The Known Associate," for example, is explained with “Behind every great emcee duo lays a digitally fluent beat sorcerer.” Made with a skillful mix of mezcal, Cynar, fresh watermelon, lime and pink salt, it's not too hard to just go with it.

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