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Welcome to The Secret Door, a collection of my favorite restaurants, hidey holes and places to hang out in New York, Los Angeles and around the country.  Feel free to peruse the page, or journey out and find any one of the locations... I'll probably see you there!

 

LOS ANGELES

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Psy Street Kitchen

15030 Ventura Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 91403

An eclectic little street kitchen that is all kosher in the heart of a tiny strip mall on Ventura, this is a blink and you'll miss it kind of place. But the interior is warm and homey, run by some Israeli homeboys who really know home cooking. They basically have burgers (lamb, beef, salmon, chicken) and amazing salads and sides. I had the eggplant mess which was this insane babaganoushy mess (as advertised) with a harvest salad, which was warm and wonderful with a tahini vinagrette and some lovely grilled chicken. Add a fried egg to any burger and Go!


Arroy Truck

This is the 

Yai

The Tasting Kitchen

Echigo

Plan Check (Sawtelle is better)

Frying Fish

BCD Tofu House

Atch Kotch

Larchmont Village Wine and Spirits

Dai Chan

 

Midori

Gardens of Taxco

Wood & Vine

Oinkster (Eagle Rock NOT Hollywood)

Night + Market Song

Pine and Crane

Din Tai Fung (Arcadia is Better)

Abalone Cove

Dai Ho Kitchen

I <3 Boba

The Factory Kitchen

Alegria on Sunset

Bru

Sidewalk Cafe

Jenis Homemade Ice Cream

Alcove

Baco Mercat

Post & Beam

 

 

 

Little Door

Bludso's BBQ

Drago Centro

Tsujita

Carousel

Boiling Shrimp

Pho 2000

Pho 86

 

 

Soot Bool Jeep

Dong Il Jang

The Waffle

Speranza

Mayura (Culver City)

AOC

Animal

Sweet Mo's (Try the chocolate cake)

Tamashii Ramen House

Silver Lake Ramen

 

Baroo

DO

Kidspace

LA Science Center

Create Fixate

Fridays at Surfer Jack

Creative Visualization Space

Pasadena City Hall

Huntington Library

Salon Inside Out

MEET

Parable Coffee Shop (in the Bel Air Church)

Blankspace

BUY

Bluebird

Further

NEW YORK

The Mews

Googies

The Cloisters

China Grill

Thai Cafe (Greenpoint)

The Garden