City Guides

Los Angeles Hot Spots

by The Culinistas

Now that we are officially open for business in Los Angeles, there’s no better time to call out some of the places that fuel our mood board when we are back in our Manhattan Test Kitchen. 


High quality ingredients and simple Japanese technique are at the heart of this farm to table izakaya joint. Brought to you by the minds behind Gjusta and Gjelina, we’d recommend this spot for a catch up with old friends, a date night, or simply a solo sashimi sesh. Don’t miss the Grilled Cabbage, Black Cod, and Big Sur Sea Vegetables. And while the sake selection is extensive, we’re fans of the east coast transplant, Kura, from Brooklyn.

Open for lunch from 11:30-4pm daily and for dinner from 5:30-11pm daily. 1305 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Sunset Tower Hotel

This iconic 100 year old West Hollywood hotel is steeped in history and elegance. The accompanying Tower Bar is an institution and a regular for industry vets. Dark wood paneling and feathery palms create the perfect atmosphere for a martini and a run in with Bill Murray. The menu includes myriad classics including Oysters Rockafeller, Chicken Paillard, and a frequently lusted after Tower Burger. No matter the occasion, remember the house rules “No Photographs, No Phone Calls.”

Open daily 6-11pm. 8358 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069


Erewhon is an LA staple when it comes to stocking up on all sorts of macros and micros like reishi, kimchi, and every nut and seed under the sun. While the produce is high quality, the prepared foods section is something to marvel at, with delicacies that everyone, no matter their dietary restrictions can enjoy. Our favorite part of an Erewhon trip is the wall of soups, bone broths, juices, and smoothies expertly organized. Our pick? The Coconut Smoothie, it uses coconut meat, milk, and juice and tastes more like a milkshake.

Open daily 7am-11pm. Various Locations.

A special thanks to MTN for the beautiful photograph.