This week in L.A. restaurants: Asian festival hits downtown, N.Y.-style bagels and pizza land

AAPI LA Market

A cultural advocacy group promoting Asian-American and Pacific Islander chefs, producers, creators and businesses will bring a one-day pop-up market to the Arts District art on Sunday. To celebrate AAPI Heritage Month, AAPI LA has selected nearly two dozen food and beverage vendors to appear at Smorgasburg, the weekly food festival held in Row DTLA. Restaurants like Brothers Sushi will sell specialty items like chu-toro bowls topped with caviar, while pop-up shop and bakery vendors like Dai Pie Dong will show up with Cantonese savory buns. suitable for the British. Teas, cakes, bowls of noodles, and desserts like apple hojicha panna cotta will be available for purchase at the free event, and performances will run throughout the afternoon. A portion of the proceeds from all AAPI LA supplier sales will benefit AAPI LA and the nonprofit Off their Plate.

777 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles,

Avant Garden Bistro

An affluent New York City restaurant group specializing in plant-based fare is expanding with their first LA restaurant. On June 1, Avant Garden Bistro will open a repeat store in West Hollywood, under the direction of chef Sarah Stearns (formerly of Mírame and Vintage Wine + Eats). New American vegan restaurant will incorporate existing dishes from Overthrow Hospitality as well as new dishes from Stearns; the opening menu includes fresh pasta with celery and mushroom cream sauce; Cauliflower with capers and garlic; artichokes with black truffle vinegar; and cavatelli in spicy white wine butter. Beverage program centered around globally sourced organic wines, low ABV blends and local craft beers and rarer European beers . Avant Garden Bistro LA will be open from 5 to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

7469 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 622-4746, subvert

A photo of an open-sided bagel, each half filled with lox, cream cheese, capers, onions, and dill.

Highland Park’s new bagel and pizzeria combo focuses on New York-style tech for both.

(Stephanie Breijo / Los Angeles Times)

Bagels + slices

Blaze Pizza co-founder Brad Kent’s long-awaited New York-style takeaway and bagel store has now opened its doors on York Avenue in Highland Park, bordering Eagle Rock. Kent hand rolls her bagels, then boils and bakes them in the oven, and can top the bagels with cream cheese, lox, pistachios and organic produce. Pizzas are available in pieces and come in classics like cheese and pepperoni; Bialys, pizza bagels, breakfast sandwiches and salads are also available. Gluten-free pizza and bagels, as well as vegan spreads, are also available. Bagel + Slice is open from 8am to 10pm daily.

4751 York Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 739-9600,

Jollibee DTLA

The iconic Filipino fast-food chain beloved by the name “Chickenjoy” – the brand’s spiced, artisanal breaded fried chicken – spaghetti and hand-baked buns has opened its location first in the city center. It marks ninth place in the LA area, and 28th place in the state; The rapidly expanding chain hopes to open a second location in West Covina later this year. Jollibee downtown is open from 9am to 9pm daily.

729 7th St., Los Angeles, (213) 855-0997,

A top-down photo of containers of curries, wild purple rice and other Thai treats from Holy Basil.

Food vendors like the Thai restaurant in downtown Holy Basil will appear at the Mama’s Arts District night market at the end of the month.

(Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)

Mama’s Night Market

Driven by the community Mama take away service will host a night market in the Arts District on May 28, showcasing AAPI food vendors who will make Asian street food and produce available for purchase. About 20 vendors will fill Berrics, including Holy Basil for Thai food; Chimmelier for Korean fried chicken sandwiches; and Bang Bang Noodles for a bowl of freshly pulled Sichuan noodles. Merchandise will also be available, as will performances and live music. Ticket price $15; A portion of proceeds will benefit Respect Your Elders, a partner nonprofit that helps feed seniors in minority communities. Mama Night Market is open from 9pm onwards and will operate from 6pm to 2am

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