Did the holidays leave your wallet a bit light? You can still afford the delicious comfort of dining out this month, thanks to January 2016 restaurant weeks in more than 30 cities.
* New York City Restaurant Week has $25 lunches + $38 dinners at more than 300 restaurants, including Casa Lever (which will be offering its red beet tortelli with ricotta, spring English peas, Pecorino fondue, and raspberry-pickled red pearl onion, pictured), through August 14. Book a table.
dineL.A. Restaurant Week, running from July 13-26, is the perfect opportunity to get out, explore new nabes, and try some of the best in dining that Los Angeles has to offer – all at a delicious discount. You can save with $15, $20 + $25 lunches and $30, $40 + $50 dinners. After perusing the menus and checking in with a few participating chefs, we asked several restaurants to share their summer 2015 dineLA favorites. Read on and start planning your culinary adventures in the coming weeks.
Blue Plate Oysterette, Santa Monica
B.P. Oysterette is known for offering one of the best happy hours in the city, but, with a plentiful menu of small and large plates (not to mention their amazing raw bar), we suggest sticking around for a full course meal featuring the freshest bounty summer has to offer from the sea. Chef Jorge Rivas points diners to the roasted branzino — as well as the luscious lobster roll.
“The warm toasty brioche and parsley butter combined with chilled fresh Maine lobster and a hint of mayo create the perfect summertime indulgence,” he states.
Fundamental LA, Westwood
Drawing inspiration from the seasons and including it in every dish that is lovingly crafted at this neighborhood eatery, the Fundamental LA team works hard — and succeeds — in creating an atmosphere where “we’d want to dine with good friends.” The bar seating offers a front-row view of the open kitchen in this airy, light-filled space. Chef Philip Pretty suggests the pork belly and sword squid with shell beans, apple, and caper-raisin purée.
“I wanted to do my California take on the Spanish preparation of chorizo and squid, hence pairing pork belly with sword squid. I then incorporate seasonal ingredients of shell beans and apples and finish the dish with the tartness of a caper raisin purée,” he says.
Hamasaku, West Los Angeles
Take a break from the grind with a relaxing, Zen-like stop at a Japanese-inspired oasis. If you’re looking for a new go-to date-night sushi spot where the rolls are as impeccable as the service, you’ll want to give this serene and elevated experience a try. General manager Jesse Duron suggests the albacore with crispy onion.
Made with albacore sashimi, fried onions, wasabi-marinated watercress, and ginger soy dressing, Duron notes, “Our albacore crispy onion dish is a crowd favorite — a perfect balance of sweet, savory, and crunch.”
The Little Door, West Hollywood
Does it get any cozier and romantic than The Little Door? We’re not sure. French Moroccan-inspired fare is served in an intimate setting perfect for special occasions or any night of the week. As comforting as it is fresh and exotic, this WeHo gem offers a satisfying break from more run-of-the-mill dining experiences. Chef T. Nicolas Peter highlights the trio of roasted beets with a fresh goat cheese and lavender tart.
* dineLA has deals that will leave you starstruck with $15, $20 + $25 lunches and $30, $40 + $50 dinners at more than 250 restaurants, including AOC (which will be offering its torchio pasta with baby broccoli, roasted tomato, chili + breadcrumbs, pictured), July 13-26. Book a table.Continue Reading