A man in Clueless once said, “Everywhere in LA takes 20 minutes.” He was wrong, so wrong. Try an hour. Lucky for us, one of our favorite neighborhoods, Chinatown, is an actual 8-minute ride down North Figueroa Street from The Standard, Downtown LA. The historic neighborhood is three parts kitsch and traditional and two parts experimental. New foodie hot spots that reimagine how we taste old school genres pop up almost monthly, and the nightlife spots are a mix of cash-only dives and fancier lounges with extensive craft beer menus. This balance of high and low is a rare commodity among LA neighborhoods these days, and we’re grateful to have it down the street. Read on and let us guide you through our favorite restaurants, bars, shops, and parks.
Roy Choi is essentially a food buzzword in this city, but once you’ve had the chance to devour one of his bowls at Chego, you feel much less harped on by his presence in every neighborhood’s eatery evolution. We’re talking kimchi, pork belly, and tofu that could convert a meat lover to the greener side. They’re not exactly light on portions, so come hungry.
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