Sushi Ai is an izakaya on Hillhurst with a textbook-thick menu and shishito peppers that we’d eat by the pound. There’s plenty of room if you’re with a group and want to go all in on beer towers and baked scallop rolls, but it’s also a great place to solo to sit at the bar, and talk to the man making your sushi. Find out what’s freshest that day and just order that with your Sapporo (which is $3 during the daily Happy Hour).
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You’d think that a place like Bar Covell that so thoroughly holds your hand through the ordering process would feel a bit condescending. But as much as LA pretends not to need it, the crowd at Covell every night proves otherwise.
Farfalla is a neighborhood Italian spot in Los Feliz where you go for one thing: pasta.
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SUGARFISH | Downtown LA
The downtown location of the iconic sushi chain is still some of the freshest fish in the neighborhood.
Matsuhisa is the Beverly Hills restaurant that launched the Nobu empire, and there’s no sushi place that feels more LA.
Yakuza in Silver Lake is a decent sushi restaurant in a neighborhood without many other options.
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