This week in LA restaurants: Clark Street opens a cocktail bar
from hollywood Clark Street Restaurant expanded with a bar next door. Lily’s Bar opened on May 10 at the foot of the Best Western which also houses the restaurant, Clark Street Bread’s first full restaurant (formerly the home of 101 Coffee Shop). The new cocktail bar and natural wine bar is located in the space previously occupied by MiniBar. It features classic drinks and ABV-free concoctions from bartender Sean Stewart (formerly of the Roger Room), with a natural wine list curated by Clark Street owner Zack Hall. While the property doesn’t expect to offer a full menu, a few small bites are available. Lily’s Bar is open 6 p.m. to midnight Tuesday and Wednesday and 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.
6141 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, lilysbarla.com
Highland Park deli Jeff’s Table now has a sister concept in Studio City. Chef-owner Jeff Strauss recently opened Oy Bar in the Bar’s former home at Oyster House, and like its deli counterpart, Oy Bar’s cuisine menu draws inspiration from Jewish flavors and other kitchens for a genre menu. Expect bar food, small bites and plated dishes, like smoked salmon onigiri with miso butter and all things spicy; pastrami quesadillas sprinkled with jalapeños; and Hainan Chicken with Matzo Ball Dip. Unlike Jeff’s Table, Oy Bar has a bar that serves cocktails such as the Cel-Ray-inspired Hard Cel with vodka, cilantro, celery, and lime. Oy Bar is open from 6 p.m. to midnight from Wednesday to Saturday.
12446 Moorpark St., Studio City, (818) 761-8686, instagram.com/oybarla
Grated Grilled Cheese
A grilled cheese fast food chain is expanding to Los Angeles on May 15. Family-owned Grater Grilled Cheese started as a San Diego food truck in 2015, eventually expanding with restaurants in San Diego and Orange counties. This month it opens in Hollywood with its largest location yet, serving classic grilled cheese alongside options including lobster, chicken pesto or Nashville-style hot chicken, as well as burgers, side dishes and salads. Grater Grilled Cheese will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
5553 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, (323) 366-2688, grategrilledcheese.com
HiHo Cheeseburger Studio City
Wagyu-burger outfit HiHo Cheeseburger is now open in Studio City, joining a handful of new restaurants — including Sugarfish and Uovo, from the same restaurant group — in the new Shops at Sportsmen’s Lodge shopping complex. HiHo Studio City offers the chain’s signature mustard-grilled Wagyu patties, as well as a fried chicken sandwich, pies, fries, and milkshakes, all from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
4220 Coldwater Canyon Ave, Studio City, hiho.la
Delicious little Tokyo
LA’s food-focused Japanese cultural event is back for its seventh year. On June 25 and 26, Delicious Little Tokyo will return with a range of food tours, cocktail tasting and a bingo game for all ages throughout the downtown area. 2022 offerings include a “History of Little Tokyo Food Tour” in partnership with the Japanese American National Museum and the Little Tokyo Historical Society on June 25 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and June 26 at 2 p.m.; a free matcha tour on June 25 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; and “J-Town Bingo” from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 25 and 26.
Prices and locations vary, instagram.com/golittletokyo