If you miss a thick New York steak and feel lost amongst the wheatgrass juiceries and seitan sandwiches of overly healthy LA, don't worry. In the South Bay, there's S + W, a place with big steaks, appetizers like PBR Hush Puppies, and a drink called "Carrie Bradshaw Died in Mexico," made with habanero-infused tequila, orange liqueur, passionfruit, and lillet rouge. You’re not going to find anything resembling a juice cleanse here, just a wide array of red meat, grease, and whiskey -- the most important American food groups.
New York’s Momofuku might be calling your name, but LA has you covered with one visit to Little Tokyo. There are a lot of ramen shops to choose from but Marugame Monzo is well worth a look. With a reasonable price, authentic quality, and no line around the block, you can satisfy your ramen needs without making a reservation a year in advance. Plus, they make the noodles fresh every day and if you get a spot at the bar, you can watch them perform their ramen magic right in front of you.