Remember when it was insanely hot outside for, like, a week straight, and you were all, "I'm never ever leaving my house again for anything ever"? Well, it's back to being 70, which means it's time to get back out there, preferably to one of these eight (air conditioned!) new restaurants that opened in May. Oh, and we’re making things even easier for you this month and breaking our list down by the best of everything -- from the best new sandwich, to the best new lunch spot, to the best new Valley bar.
Best New Gastropub: Harlowe (click here for address and info)
The guy from Greenspan's Grilled Cheese is doing the food and crazy-lauded NY bartender Dushan Zaric is doing the drinks at this old Hollywood-feeling Santa Monica Blvd spot -- so whether you're going for solids or liquids, you're in good hands. Also: the whole thing's designed by the guy who did The Thirsty Crow and Sassafras, so the vintage is totally on point/there are a lot of Edison bulbs.
Best New Lunch Spot: Cavatina (click here for address and info)
Tucked away in the already-tucked-away Sunset Marquis Hotel, this new, sorta business meeting-y restaurant's got a righteous burger and steelhead trout crudo in a location that's mid-city enough for both West-and-Eastsiders.
Best New Brunch: Terrazza (click here for address and info)
Now open at Casa del Mar, this seafood-centric bistro makes its mark with brunch (more people should make their mark this way), and specifically with a mascarpone-topped buttermilk waffle and a gloriously sunny-side egg-topped pastrami hash.
Best New Valley Bar: Tunnel Bar (click here for address and info)
This craft cocktail bar on Ventura's hidden behind the also-brand-new oyster/seafood spot Tipple & Brine, and has a distinctly rock feel, thanks to photos of Johnny Thunder and Patti Smith. The bar's run by a former Honeycut/Varnish guy, who's doing reformed classics (the sloe gin-based, Cuba Libre-esque Cuba Reforme) as well as "celebratory beverages" including a three-rum Hurricane.
Best New Patio: Stafford & Mathis Kitchen (click here for address and info)
Now open at the Luxe Hotel right across from L.A. Live is this bold, new restaurant, which has two menus -- one a molecular gastronomy-laden list of chicken liver terrines and rhubarb chickens, and the other a more traditional grouping of linguini & clam and garlic-fennel mussels. Doesn't matter which you order off of, as long as you do it on their monstrous, just-in-time-for-Summer patio.
Best New Pastrami: Wexler's Deli (click here for address and info)
The dude who used to be the chef at Mezze (RIP) is so food-obsessed, he literally had recipes on placards AT HIS OWN BAR MITZVAH WHICH HE HELPED CATER HIMSELF, so it's no surprise that the hand-cut pastrami he's shaving at this new stand in the Grand Central Market's selling out on the daily.
Best New Other Sandwiches: Paninoteca (click here for address and info)
The guy from Scarpetta apparently got bored of making incredible spaghetti and decided to open this hidden-in-the-back-of-his-main-restaurant sandwich shop, which's got egg-topped, three-day roasted porchetta (wut), chicken Parm, and house-roasted beef.
Best New View: Malibu Pier Restaurant and Bar (click here for address and info)
The name says it all: this restaurant's right on the pier, which means you're right on the water, which means they're serving for-real sustainable seafood, like baked stuffed crab and artichoke-abetted sole.
1. Harlowe7321 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
2. Terrazza Santa MonicaOcean Ave, Santa Monica
3. Tunnel Bar14633 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles
4. Cavatina1200 Alta Loma Rd, West Hollywood
5. Stafford + Mathis1020 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles
6. Wexler's Deli317 S Broadway, Los Angeles
7. Paninoteca225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills
8. Malibu Pier Restaurant & Bar23000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu
This WeHo haunt sports a sophisticated interior with antique decor, brown banquettes, and an intricate, handmade tile floor, plus a killer cocktail program designed by beloved NY bartender Dushan Zaric. Sip on innovative cocktails like the Aye Poppy (Uncle Val's Botanical Gin, Grand Poppy, house-made strawberry basil syrup, lemon, and egg white), alongside a cheese & charcuterie board, while you salute Hollywood's Golden Age -- the theme of this classy spot.
Squirreled away inside the Casa Del Mar Hotel, this Italian resto and lounge slings seafood-focused dishes like steamed mussels with blood sausage while pouring Sicilian Smashes (Amaretto with bourbon, citrus, mint, and bitters). Out of the panoramic window, you'll be staring out onto gorgeous views Santa Monica beach.
This speakeasy necessitates smart casual dress: no tees, sandals, shorts, hats or jerseys. Once you're in though, they'll be sliding boozy punches, Hurricanes, and the Elder Fashioned your way as you relax in '70s-throwback decor behind the blue light-marked entrance.
The Sunset Marquis' Cavatina is plying West Hollywood with upscale surf and turf (slow-cooked salmon with cous-cous, a killer burger with horseradish-black pepper sauce) in their decked-out garden spot.
Tucked into the Luxe Hotel, S&M Kitchen (... wait) is serving some of Downtown LA's trendiest eats, from chicken liver terrine to beef culotte and garden green gnocchi, with killer outdoor seating.
This Grand Central Market deli features traditional Jewish deli eats like house-cured beef and pastrami on plush rye bread and house-made pickles as well as black/white cookies.
From the dude behind Scarpetta comes Paninoteca, which is tucked in back of the resto and serves up wild, three-day roasted porchetta and pastrami sandwiches in Beverly Hills.