This week in L.A. restaurants: n/naka team opens izakaya n/soto, Greekman’s goes permanent

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The owner of Palms’ kaiseki destination n/naka has opened a new Japanese restaurant. Serve grilled skewers and vegetables; hand roll; homemade tofu; headless oysters; karaage; and starters like carrot and fennel tartare, chef partners Niki Nakayama and Carole Iida-Nakayama envision n/soto as a seasonal, California-inspired izakaya. New restaurant started its concept preview last year with themed bento in partnership with the Center for Japanese American Culture & Community, and some of those bentos can be found at n/soto as a la carte. The bar program, led by Jason Lee, focuses on sake, wine, cider, beer and low and ABV-free cocktails, while the kitchen is run by chef Yoji Tajima (formerly of Yojisan Sushi) to be in charge of. N/soto offers indoor and outdoor seating, and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m.

4566 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 879-9455,

A moody shot of n/soto's interior dining room, its design inspired by Japanese izakayas.

The new Izakaya n/soto features an indoor dining room, backyard, and 8-seat bar.

(Wonho Frank Lee / n / soto)

HKC Dim Sum

A new casual breakfast spot has now opened in Koreatown’s City Center on Friday shopping mall, serving handmade xiao long bao, grilled pork buns, pan-fried radish cakes and classics another on the third floor. HKC Dim Sum also offers stir-fries such as pork chops, chili salted shrimp and beef chow fun, along with wine, beer and cocktails like lychee martinis. HKC Dim Sum is open Tuesday to Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday from 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

3500 W. 6th St., Suite #301, Los Angeles, (213) 739-9205,

Button Mash x Tacos 1986

Echo Park’s beloved entertainment, restaurants and bars are back in a new format. Citing the pandemic, Button Mash suspended its service indefinitely in October 2020 after celebrating its fifth anniversary. It recently reopened in partnership with Tacos 1986, which is taking over the culinary program with a signature menu of the local chain of trompo-cooked adobada, mushroom tacos and more. Button Mash is open Tuesday through Thursday from 5pm to midnight, Friday from 5pm to 2am, Saturday from 11am to 2am and Sunday from 11am to midnight.

1391 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (213) 250-9903,

Lamb chops with tzatziki and pickled cucumber at Greekman's.

Lamb chops with tzatziki and pickled cucumber at Greekman’s.

(Bill Addison / Los Angeles Times)

Greekman’s forever

Greekman’s, Freedman’s pandemic-era mainstay, has only a temporary meaning as the Jewish-inspired restaurant in Echo Park tries to overcome its indoor dining closure. Its Greek menu and new patio have become so popular that owner Jonah Freedman – who was hoping to open a Greek restaurant at some point – decided to put Greekman’s permanently at this address and look for a new location for Freedman’s elsewhere. New dishes and new hours will come with the change, and a party on May 1 to celebrate will feature gyros, martini carts, etc. is scheduled to launch the weekend service in the morning. future date.

2619 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (213) 500-0916,

Calabasas . Crossing

Chef Tal Ronnen’s acclaimed plant-based restaurant, Crossroad Kitchen, is extended to Las Vegas this spring – and a few months later, it’s expanding again. In the fall, the West Hollywood restaurant will open another outpost, this time in the Commons at Calabasas shopping mall, serving up signature Ronnen dishes like fresh tagliatelle pasta with vegan bolognese. The new space will have a patio as well as a private dining room.

4776 Commons Way, Suite B1, Calabasas,

An exterior photo of the upcoming Calabasas Crossroad Kitchen.

The Third Crossing location promises some West Hollywood classics – along with a private dining room.

(Kitchen Crossroads)

Uncle Paulie’s Studio City

Uncle Paulie’s Italian American sandwich shop’s third outpost is here: The Studio City location is now open for a limited time, selling sandwiches, salads, and gourmet fare typical of the local chain, with bigger yard and bigger car park. Uncle Paulie’s is open every day from 10 a.m. until sold out; look for extended hours from 8am to 10pm in the future.

3990 Vantage Ave., Studio City, (818) 821-3313, This week in L.A. restaurants: n/naka team opens izakaya n/soto, Greekman’s goes permanent

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