Top New Restaurants to Try in 2016 in Los Angeles

For many, post-holiday January brings grey skies and doldrums. But shake it off because there are some great new restaurants to try in Los Angeles. Plus the New Year offers fewer crowds and greater deals. Another perk is that Dine LA Restaurant Week starts mid-January in Los Angeles, and you'll find a number of new restaurants participating. So there is no time like the present. Check out these five top new restaurants in Los Angeles:

Odys + Penelope
Opened in 2015 in the trendy La Brea District of Los Angeles, Odys + Penelope has already won over critics' and diners' hearts and stomachs. Winning the 2015 Open Table Diners' Choice Award, chefs and restaurateurs Quinn and Karen Hatfield added this hot dinner spot, Odys + Penelope, or O + P for short, a few door north of their popular breakfast and lunch eatery, The Sycamore Kitchen. Specializing in California fare and Brazilian Churrasco in the open grill, wood-fired smoker, O + P produces scrumptious meat, seafood and vegetable dishes locally sourced. Favorites include the Dry-Rubbed Smoked Short Ribs with Quinn's Western Sweet Sauce, the Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs with Lemon Date Sauce and Karen's Chocolate Pie with Spanish peanuts and Malted Ice Cream.

Viviane Restaurant
Stephane Bombet and award-winning chef Michael Hung re-launched the dining space in the iconic Beverly Hills Avalon Hotel as Viviane Restaurant (formerly Oliverio) in late 2015. Buying produce from a small farm in Ojai, Hung creates modern interpretations of classic European and American dishes, California style. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks are still offered indoors or poolside in the Kelly Wearstler mid-century designed space. Favorites include Mary's Chicken and Dumplings and Ricotta Ravioli. (Participating in Restaurant Week.)

Otium
Zagat's named Otium one of the "most anticipated restaurant openings" in the fall of 2015. It's no wonder with Otium's award-winning chef Timothy Hollingsworth (who worked under Chef Thomas Keller at The French Laundry), and its powerful location next to the new Broad Museum in downtown Los Angeles. Otium prides itself on its "... sustainable ingredients grown in the garden of the restaurant's mezzanine," which was designed by LA Urban Farms. Some dining choices to look for are the Lobster Roll with Celery Salt Chips and Spinach Bucatini. Also look for the Damien Hirst mural, "Isolated Elements, 2015" on Otium's exterior south wall.

Trois Familia
Famed chefs Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo again find success in their third eatery, Trois Familia. Located in Silver Lake, Trois Familia offers only breakfast and lunch and takes its inspiration from French, Mexican and California cuisines. Hash Brown Chilaquiles, Beef Tartare Tostada, and Chicken Milanese are crowd favorites.

Clifton's Cafeteria
With crowds around the block, Clifton's Cafeteria re-opened in October to enthusiasm and acclaim in downtown Los Angeles. Originally opened in 1935 by Clifford Clinton, in its heyday this cafeteria served modestly priced meals to approximately 15,000 diners a day before closing in 2011. Although there have been some shake-ups since its October 2015 opening, including the exits of chef Jason Fullilove and beverage director Damian Windsor, Clifton's Cafeteria is still a place worth visiting. The five-story eclectic space sports a huge Redwood Tree (fake) through its center, plenty of taxidermy animals, murals, a waterfall, and a model chapel within a tree trunk. Although the food is basic and only two of the five proposed bars are open – the Monarch Bar and Gothic Bar, Clifton's exudes a special, historical Los Angeles vibe that's not to miss.

Lori Huck works in television development as well as writes on entertainment, travel and the arts. She's a fan of the vibrant arts scene in Los Angeles and is a member of many film, television, and arts organizations.

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