2 LA hotspots make top U.S. restaurant lists

LA's Yangban Society was among Bon Appetit's best new restaurants in America. Photo credit: Yangban Society/Dylan+Jeni

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Several Los Angeles hotspots grabbed top billing on a couple of best restaurants lists that have had diners buzzing in recent weeks.

Bon Appetit named Downtown LA Korean-Jewish spot Yangban Society among its 10 Best New Restaurants in the country right now. Since its debut earlier this year, Yangban—led by Katianna and John Hong—has earned raves for its inventive dishes such as the sujebi-matzo ball soup, a hybrid of the Korean dumpling soup and the Jewish deli classic.

Meanwhile, the New York Times included the recently reopened Here’s Looking At You among its 50 favorite restaurants in 2022. Co-owners Lien Ta and Jonathan Whitener (who is also the chef) have dazzled diners with their globally influenced menu that spotlights Asian ingredients.

Other LA spots that made it onto the Times list include Sherman Oaks Thai destination Anajak, and the Downtown tasting menu Taiwanese restaurant, Kato. BA meanwhile also heralded Filipino fine dining restaurant Lasita, and pan pizza hotspot Quarter Sheets on its larger 50 Best New Restaurants list

Here’s some other food news you don’t want to miss this month:

  • Silverlake’s beloved All Day Baby got a Vietnamese-inspired menu makeover.
  • Famed Compton pop-up chefs Roberto “News” Smith and Malachi “Spank” Jenkins penned their first cookbook.
  • 106 Seafood Underground is Inglewood’s newest restaurant with al fresco dining.
  • The Los Angeles Times named Bar Moruno and Causita Silverlake’s hottest new restaurants

And before you go, these are the LA restaurants to check out this month, all bookable on OpenTable:

Kristin Braswell is a journalist and founder of CrushGlobal Travel, a company that customizes travel guides and authentic experiences around the world. 

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