It’s a new year, and there are tons of new restaurants and bars around Los Angeles to try in 2012. So make a New Year’s resolution to eat out, and book a table at one of these great new places.
— Eric Rosen, JustLuxe
This Euro-flavored New York import is finally landing in Los Angeles right on La Cienega’s crowded restaurant row. It won’t just be for party girls and their socialite boy toys, though. This incarnation will have Scott Quinn, formerly at Bouchon Vegas, as its chef. We haven’t gotten a peek ourselves at the chandeliered lounge-like space or the Franco-centric menu, but you can bet it will be the see-and-be-seen scene for some time to come.
755 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069; BistrotBagatelle.com
Though it still holds a place dear to our hearts, downtown brasserie Church & State has had a spate of bad press and French Revolution-like scandals (sans guillotine, of course) in its young life; so it’s no wonder two refugees from there decided to open their own slick restaurant far, far away in Culver City this month with a menu of mouthwatering delicacies like short ribs in chocolate-stout beer mole; pumpkin-squash salad with dandelions, guanciale, lentils, goat cheese and salsa verde vinaigrette; and the much-discussed Drunken Sow cocktail with bacon-infused bourbon and cinnamon bitters.
8631 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, (310) 202-8631; BatchRestaurant.com
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