You can't debate the best izakaya in LA without mentioning Kinjiro, a quiet little spot in Honda Plaza that feels like a private supper club. They offer two seatings nightly, which can only be booked by emailing the owner directly. The menu of high-grade sushi, noodle dishes, and omakase-quality grilled meats is designed to pair with their extensive drinks list. So order some hot tea or sake for the table and start with the best things here: delicate miso black cod, red snapper sashimi, tender thick-cut beef tongue, and silky agedashi tofu in mushroom broth. Although drinking is part of the fun, eating at Kinjiro is a laid-back experience best reserved for a romantic night out or an intimate meal with friends.

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