Eating + Drinking

What Not to Miss for DineL.A.’s Summer Session

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Summer is in full swing, so everyone is either grilling, picnicking, or on vacation. And that means some of the city’s hottest new restaurants will have more availability—and DineL.A. deals. The summer session runs from today through July 28 with hundreds of restaurants listed, including places you probably thought you could never get into. With prices for the multiple-course tasting menus ranging $15–$35 for lunch and $29–$59 for dinner, consider this the best time to try something new or revisit places you haven’t been to in a while but love. And with blowout offerings for the Exclusive Dinner Series, you can splurge on a once-in-a-lifetime meal without breaking the bank. Here are our picks of new restaurants to scope out on a budget.

Jaffa
Check out the new location (or the original on West 3rd Street) for Middle Eastern feasts for only $39. Highlights include a sampler with charred eggplant with dukkah, sweet potato hummus, warm olives and turmeric pickles, pita, and crudite, plus a choice of roasted chicken with orzo, carrot cavatelli with braised lamb, or lamb couscous with Morroccan spices for an entrée. Dessert is either baklava or market fruits. Go with a friend and get both. $39 per person. 10306 Venice Boulevard; 8048 West 3rd Street

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Alameda Supper Club
Chris Bianco of the famed Bianco Pizzeria in Phoenix teamed up with the Tartine crew for this great Italian-leaning restaurant in the Manufactory complex at the Row in downtown L.A. Follow the signs to get there (the entrance is on the opposite side of the bakery), grab a seat on the patio, and choose between things like grilled bread and olives to start—the bread is worth it alone—endive salad and ham-stuffed arancini; sea bream with fennel and agretti; or spaghetti with Sungold tomatoes and basil. For dessert, there’s devil’s food cake or vanilla ice cream with hazelnut crumble. Dinner is $49 per person. The Manufactory at the Row, 757 Alameda Street

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Tartine Bianco
Speaking of Tartine…the larger side of the bakery megaplex at the Row serves lunch ($25) and dinner ($49) DineL.A. menus, and they’re chock-full of summery dishes. Daytime choices include heirloom tomato tartines with ricotta and pesto, kanpachi crudo, fried chicken sandwiches, and tinned fish. At night, things get a bit heartier, with choices like corned beef tongue with sauerkraut, rotisserie chicken, or steak with seasonal vegetables sides, and passion fruit–lime Bavarian cake or a malted brownie sundae for dessert. The Manufactory at the Row, 757 Alameda Street

Atrium
With big and airy living trees inside the dining room, you almost feel like you’re eating in the country at this Los Feliz hot spot. Dinner-only choices include grilled focaccia with kimchi butter and buckwheat honey or crispy corn with bulgogi aioli; hamachi crudo with peach leche de tigre or trofie pasta with tomato fra diavolo and stracciatella cheese; and grilled cauliflower shawarma with pistachio zhoug or curry-rubbed hanger steak. For dessert, strawberry-tomato paletas with angel food cake or avocado mousse with Meyer lemon marmalade. $49 per person. 1816-A North Vermont Avenue

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Chateau Hanare
What a perfect reason to finally check out the little bungalow restaurant next to Chateau Marmont. The dinner menu features green iced tea to start, and then a selection of Japanese specialties like tuna avocado salad, seaweed or temomi salad, seared salmon, kanpachi zuke, assorted obanzai, miso black cod, tempura, grilled Jidori chicken, and assorted sashimi. And all are served with miso soup and rice, and seasonal ice cream or sorbet for dessert. It’s a feast for $59 per person. Go late enough and watch the patio really heat up. 8097 Selma Avenue 

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Terra at Eataly
If you’re going to do any of the Eataly menus—there are also options at the Michael Cimarusti crudo bar Il Pesce Cucina and La Pizza & La Pasta—might as well pick the rooftop restaurant. It is summer, after all. The two-course lunch menu ($25) includes choices like grilled artichokes, escarole salad, swordfish with salmoriglio, wood-fired half rotisserie chicken, and ravioli with fava beans. Throw in a steak option and dessert, and it’s dinner ($49). Eataly Westfield Roof, 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard

Kass Wine Bar
This lovely little wine bar along the La Brea corridor is home to Christophe Eme’s modern “casual” cuisine. What that means is it’s not as crystal chandelier fancy as his last restaurant, Ortolan, but the kind of place you can stop in for a glass of bubbly and a few oysters or dinner in the handsome dining room. DineL.A. choices include grilled prawns with eggplant caviar and bouillabaisse coulis, tomato gazpacho with crab, seared Maine scallops with shiitake mushroom, braised beef cheek with tagliatelle, or braised lamb with English pea ravioli. Desserts include yogurt sorbet with kumquat confit, strawberry panna cotta, and chocolate mousse with coffee ice cream. $49 per person. 320 South La Brea Avenue

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Openaire
Josiah Citrin’s rooftop greenhouse at the Line Hotel is a delightful place to spend a summer afternoon lunch ($25) or dinner ($59) in Koreatown. During the day there are things like sweet corn soup, heirloom tomato BLT with truffle mayo, sweet pea toast with avocado, and a burger and fries. Since everything is served family-style at dinner, go with a group and get the works: sautéed prawn toast, tomatoes with wax beans and lemon cucumbers, little gem or wild arugula salad, Snake River Farms sirloin with toasted garlic brown butter, potatoes with sautéed mushrooms and smoked bacon. And wrap it up with vanilla panna cotta with strawberry rhubarb compote or chocolate mousse for dessert. 3515 Wilshire Boulevard, 2nd Floor

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Sushi | Bar
Yes, the name is impossible to find via Google—how many Sushi Bars do you think there are in the Valley?—but that’s part of the mystique. The hidden eight-seat spot from chef Phillip Frankland Lee is one of the most exciting sushi adventures along Ventura Boulevard. The DineLA menu is one of the $99-plus options, but for that fee (which is still lower than the usual price), you get more than 15 courses of wonderful iterations of sushi presentations, all with the highest quality seafood. Tax, tip, and gratuity are not included in the price, neither are drinks, and you’ll want the beverage pairings. Reservations are mandatory and can only be made via Tock. Inside Woodley Proper, 16101 Ventura Boulevard, 2nd Floor, Encino

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Trois Mec
While not new, the option to dine at the Hollywood prix fixe–only spot without having to buy a ticket in advance is worthy of attention. The five-course menu is only $59, and the dishes are as creative as you’d expect: mustard crème brûlée, dried seafood waffle with Vietnamese vinaigrette, avocado sushi with salted cod, grilled leg of lamb, and Meyer lemon and whiskey-vanilla napoleon with black garlic caramel. Reservations are mandatory via Resy, so book soon. 716 North Highland Avenue