Please help this New Yorker.
I am coming to LA eating out for 3 dinners, 4 lunches/brunches. Where should I go? I'm staying near Laurel Canyon. Looking for the best in sushi and Mexican (Tia Juana???), and a cool trendy hotspot or two to try (preferably with good food!). Not Mozza. I live 2 blocks from Batali's Otto in NYC - it's the same thing. I'd like to stick to centrally located places in Santa Monica, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, West Hollywood, or Silver Lake.
If you need any dining advice about NYC, let me know - I'd be happy to trade.