Augustine, a Piece of Paris in Financial District

augustine at the beekman hotel

It used to be the case that the reasons you found yourself in the Financial District were that a) you worked at Goldman Sachs or b) you had newly moved to an apartment in the area and didn’t know any better. Now, however, the Financial District has evolved considerably beyond being an abandoned lot occupied by 20-something analysts living in converted office buildings. There are fast-casual restaurants open past the hours of 6 pm, the splashy shopping center Brookfield Place is nearby, and the luxury Beekman Hotel recently opened to validate the Financial District’s improving status in the world.Read More

Cassia in Santa Monica

“Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful” is probably what Cassia, the gorgeous and buzzy restaurant in Santa Monica, would say to its haters. When you look this good in an elegant industrial loft setting, turning out glamorous and exotic Southeast Asian creations, people will try to find fault with you. “It’s so expensive” or “it’s interesting but not as good as the authentic stuff” will be some commonly heard feedback. But pay them no mind.Read More

Animal Restaurant in West Hollywood

heirloom tomato, sweet corn, shiitake, onikasu, maggi ranch dressing

The last thing I wanted to eat in LA was a plate of meat and offal specialties. Especially in the morning. Imagine waking up to some spam and foie gras at 10 am, who in LA does that? I wanted to be like the Hollywood stars and eat vegan tacos and green juice. Which was why I was a little skeptical of eating at Animal, the restaurant in West Hollywood that’s known for serving up meat bits of all kinds.Read More

Bestia in Downtown LA

If you ask people from LA what their favorite restaurant is, Bestia seems to be the universal answer. And now it’s mine, too. I knew it from the moment I entered the hip, industrial warehouse in the middle of the up-and-coming Arts District in downtown LA and felt the energy of the crowd around me. Everyone is genuinely excited to be here and all those positive vibes rub off on you.Read More

Her Name is Han in Koreatown

Korean food is good for the soul and packs a heavy punch, but sometimes we want something with a lighter touch. For those of us who want to finish our jeongol hot pots with a little room to spare, you should probably walk past the main cluster of traditional restaurants in Ktown and head to Her Name is Han┬ánear Madison and 31st. You might miss it initially, because Her Name is Han doesn’t look like a traditional Korean restaurant. It has more in common with the picturesque, brick-wall eateries in West Village or Nolita, but once you notice the mostly Millennial-aged Koreans queuing up for a table, you’ll know you’re at the right place.Read More