Here's Looking at You
The brainchild of Chef Jonathan Whitener and Lien Ta (both of Animal), Here's Looking At You is a fusion restaurant that features a mix of meat, seafood, and vegetable small plates. Though the menu isn't limited to one, or even two, cuisines, Japanese influence is a constant. The seasonal cocktail program is as much an adventure as the food, and the wine selection is heavy on California and French reds, whites, and rosés.
This beloved K-Town restaurant came back to life in January after a two-year closure thanks to an ongoing crowdfunding campaign by co-owner Lien Ta and crew. The festive and playful ambience is reflected in the changing menu, which currently features savory dishes like an Uni Panna Cotta with salmon roe and dill over wild rice, and a 36-ounce Cowboy Ribeye with fermented radish butter and sarsaparilla jus. Pastry chef Thessa Diadem is behind delightful creations like Roasted Chestnut Mochi and Frozen Pear Soda Espuma. The current theme of the cocktail list is “Revival,” with drinks like Folk Hero, with persimmon leaf-infused tequila, winter citrus, yuzu, honey, and Swiss violette.
How to book: via OpenTable. The bar is reserved for walk-ins.
We could all use a little feel-good energy right now and the return of this beloved Koreatown restaurant that’s helmed by Re:HER co-founder Lien Ta and chef Jonathan Whitener is the ultimate comeback story. The restaurant was almost a COVID casualty and was shut down for two years before a GoFundMe campaign brought it back to life in January 2022. A convivial space that’s been immersed in a new, optimistic energy since reopening its doors, Here’s Looking at You features an innovative menu with standouts like smoked-maple-dashed chicken liver that’s spread over Bub & Grandma’s bread, and crispy frog legs served with salsa negra, plus bespoke desserts like chocolate mousse with Thai coffee, courtesy of pastry chef Thessa Diadem. Cocktails include the Singing Cowboy with Thyme-infused Kin White Whiskey, Wild Turkey 101, Balcones Brimstone, Claremont craft pepper, Pale Ale syrup, pineapple vinegar, egg white, lemon, but a short list of beers and wines by the glass and bottle are available.
How to book: online.