The LA Times and NY Times have spoken: these are their favorite LA restaurants of 2023

Bavel is among New York Times critic Tejal Rao’s favorite restaurants in LA. Photo credit: Ash Randall

Los Angeles restaurants are getting some major love both locally and from a certain Gray Lady. Not only did Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Bill Addison recently release his favorite new restaurants so far in 2023, but the New York Times’s Tejal Rao just dropped her list of the best spots to eat in LA right now.

Addison’s picks for newbies include Pasadena’s charming Bar Chelou, which he praises for its bold vegetable preparations. Rao singled out newer and older spots in her collection of 25. Among her picks are Arts District Middle Eastern darling Bavel, perennial French and pastry favorite République, and Katianna & John Hong’s newly transformed Korean American restaurant Yangban.

Check out the full lists below, then use them as an excuse to go out to eat right now.

Bill Addison’s favorite new Los Angeles restaurants so far in 2023

Bar Chelou (Pasadena)

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Bhooke (Artesia) 

Luyixian (Alhambra)

Saltie Girl (West Hollywood)

Sincerely Syria (Sherman Oaks)  

Villa’s Tacos (Highland Park)

Yess (Arts District)

Tejal Rao’s 25 best restaurants to eat in Los Angeles right now

Slices of white bread placed next to each other on a plate topped with crispy onions and sliced scallions at Los Angeles restaurant Pasjoli

Elegant French destination Pasjoli made the cut for Tejal Rao’s LA picks. Photo credit: Christian Seel

Anajak Thai (Sherman Oaks)

Antico Nuovo (Hollywood)

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Bavel (Arts District)

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Birdie G’s (Santa Monica)

Found Oyster (East Hollywood) 

Holbox (Downtown)

Holy Basil (Downtown)

Ipoh Kopitiam (Alhambra)

Kato (Downtown)

Lasita (Chinatown)

Macheen (Boyle Heights)

Moo’s Craft Barbecue (Lincoln Heights)

Morihiro (Atwater Village)

Needle (Silver Lake)

Pasjoli (Santa Monica)

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Perilla L.A. (Victor Heights)

Pine & Crane DTLA (Downtown)

Poncho’s Tlayudas (South Park)

Quarter Sheets (Echo Park)

République (Miracle Mile)

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The Ruby Fruit (Silver Lake)

Tsubaki (Echo Park)

Yangban (Arts District)

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Yang’s Kitchen (Alhambra)

Yess (Arts District)

Karen Palmer is a pizza- and pasta-obsessed food writer based in Los Angeles. Follow her on Instagram at @karenlpalmer.