ive been to LA maybe 4x but its usually so filled with seeing friends that i rarely make it a food destination.
ill be in town for 4-5 night in mid april with my girlfriend and we'd love to get some reservations because i am completely overwhelmed and have little reference points for LA.
in nyc, we tend to like more intimate places with the focus on amazing food...but im assuming thats a rarity in LA. if you are familiar with NYC, recent favorites include freemans, ino, momofuku ssam bar, little owl, blue ribbon bakery, bouley, telepan, applewood...stuff like that.
ideally, im seeking some great LA spots that are hip but not ridiculous and with excellent food. i dont mind giant places as long as the food is solid. mainly dinner spots...on the mid-high end price wise ($22-35 entrees).
i think ill use all the other threads to find amazing mexican (as you know, nyc mexican is godawful), but id appreciate any help.
also, great breakfast spots would be great...
we're staying near santa monica but would drive anywhere for good food.