The first weekend of Coachella 2019 kicks off in Indio this Friday and you know what that means—all of Los Angeles will be abuzz with pre-fest activities. Whether it’s parties, private concerts, or simply some much-needed R&R by the pool, it’s all happening right now. To fuel up while you’re in town, SIXTY’s selected a few of our favorite new restaurants in Downtown L.A. Hit one before you hop on the highway and head towards those famous polo fields—windows down and this brand-spankin’-new Coachella soundtrack on.
The Manufactory at The Row DTLA is the latest food mecca to hit Los Angeles. The smartly renovated building is a one-stop shop for elegant snacks and sips. For sugar and caffeine, there’s the straightforwardly named Ice Cream + Coffee Window. Tartine Bianco holds it down as an all-day cafe with a seasonal menu inspired by farmers market finds. Swing by The Market for ready-made soups and salads. And, if you’re wanting to do something fancy this week, make a res at Alameda Supper Club.
757 S Alameda St Suite 160, Los Angeles, CA 90021
It’s been four seasons since Mei Lin won Top Chef. Now she’s back on the scene with Nightshade, one of the best new restaurants in Los Angeles. The menu is informed by the a childhood spent in her family’s Chinese restaurant in Detroit, as well as local California flavors. The chef, who spent time at Spago Las Vegas and Michael Voltaggio’s Ink in Los Angeles, is known for her unexpected combinations of flavors and textures. Think sunchokes with strawberry mole and seeded granola, lasagna with pork ragu and tofu cream, and squid ink bucatini with cuttlefish bolognese and gochujang.
923 E 3rd St #109, Los Angeles, CA 90013
If you love the subs of Larchmont Village Wine & Cheese, or can’t get enough of Bay Cities’ sandwiches, we think you’ll get down with E Stretto. (E Stretto’s Ill Papa sandwich, in fact, is an homage to Bay Cities’ famous Godmother ‘wich.) There are eight different sandwiches to choose from here, all of them very good and very generously sized. If you’re craving something with a little less heft, there are five salads on offer, as well as a meat plate and a cheese plate. Grab one to go.
351 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Speaking of sandwiches, here’s another great option in Downtown L.A. We have long lauded the chefs behind Frogtown’s Wax Paper, which, it must be noted, recently added an outpost in Chinatown. Their sandwiches, named after NPR hosts, are packed to the brim with modern ingredients. Here, it’s about aioli not mayo, radish slaw not shredded lettuce, and pickled veg wherever it can go.
2902 Knox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Bavel has buzz. The airy and verdant Middle Eastern restaurant, located in the Arts District, has earned devoted fans for its hummus alone. (Which is, this writer can attest, absolute heaven on a plate.) It’s the brainchild of the same team behind Bestia, a Downtown L.A. hot spot that’s been celebrated since its own 2012 opening. But Bavel is the new kid on the block, and the hype is real. You can’t go wrong with your order here, but don’t sleep on the slow-roasted lamb or the malawach. If you happen to be off carbs for reasons that do not amount to life or death, throw that nonsense out the window—the bread here is too good to be denied.
500 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Lupetti Pizzeria/ In Sheep’s Clothing
And now for your daily double. In Sheep’s Clothing, a moody and welcoming Tokyo-inspired record bar, is located in the back of Lupetti Pizzeria, which, as its name implies, specializes in slices and whole pies. Lupetti serves up Brooklyn-style pizza in a spacious, more-the-merrier kind of atmosphere. Get your ‘za fix and then head into In Sheep’s Clothing for something off of their very lovely natural wine list.
710 E 4th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Header photo courtesy of Daisy Naranjo