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Architectural Digest: 13 Best Speakeasy Bars Across America

Located in Koreatown, Lock & Key can be found by walking to the corner of West Third Street and …

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Forbes Travel Guide: 10 Bars L.A. Locals Want To Keep To Themselves

Speakeasies may not be the hot nightlife trend at the moment, but L.A. still has a handful of mysterious …

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The New York Times: From Cocktails to Kimchi in Los Angeles’s Koreatown

With Koreans making up more than a quarter of the immigrants who live in Los Angeles’s Koreatown, …

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Los Angeles Times: What’s behind the door at Lock & Key?

A single red door stands out along a wall dyed yellow by the bright lights on Vermont Avenue …

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Sanjiv Bhattacharya: wELCOME TO K-TOWN

Bang in the center of Los Angeles, it’s not the prettiest of neighborhoods and its gem are often hidden ...

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FOOD & WINE: Sesame, Mustard and Olive Oils Now Enhancing Cocktails

We use oils in just about every aspect of our lives: cooking, cleaning, car maintenance. Now …

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the wall street journal: In L.A., East Meets West Meets Tacos

Koreatown is the most densely populated corner of Los Angeles—not to mention the most sybaritic. The …

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EATER: Lock & Key, a Bedazzling New Bar, is Born in K-Town

The best way to find Lock & Key, the new speakeasy and bar in Koreatown, is to look for Stall 239, …

CNN TRAVEL: ANTHONY BOURDAIN, LA’S KOREATOWN 8 THINGS TO KNOW

Los Angeles, California (CNN) — "Have you been to Koreatown yet?" my friend asked eagerly over …

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VICE: The VICE Guide to Los Angeles Whether you're just visiting OR …

People love to hate Los Angeles. Tell someone you're visiting or moving here and steel yourself …

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URBAN DADDY: This Is Key HOW TO GET INSIDE THIS K-TOWN SPEAKEASY

Okay, there’s an obnoxious cliché happening lately at bars all over town. An epidemic, really …

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DISCOVER LOS ANGELES: Discover the Hidden Bars of Los Angeles

Expect your nighttime libations to be on lockdown before you decode the entrance to this Koreatown bar …

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cbs LOS ANGELES: the Best Bars in Koreatown

Koreantown has long been one of L.A.’s premiere dining destinations. But if you’re looking to get your drink …

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TIMEOUT: Here’s where to drink in Koreatown

In speakeasy form, this cocktail destination is unnamed out front—just look for the stylish keyhole-shaped …

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TIMEOUT: time out says pearls finest teas los angeles

Who says that the finest and most creative boba tea drinks are only on Sawtelle? Pearl's Finest Teas …

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VOGUE: Is Boba the New Matcha? Bubble Tea Grows Up

Following Alfred Tea Room’s May launch, four month later, Pearl’s Finest Teas hit the city with its spunky …

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BUSTLE: This Orange Yuzu Rainbow Tea Is Making The Internet Thirsty

This is 2016. It's a new era. Food can't just be edible anymore. It has to be Instagram-worthy. And …

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COSMOPOLITAN: This Stunning Sunset Tea Is Like Magic Hour in a Cup

The newest drink phenomenon on Instagram is so beautiful it puts the Starbucks secret …

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LA MAG: These Are the 14 Most Insane Boba Creations in L.A.

Every wall and corner of this place is so photo-friendly, your selfies will look pro, but your face …

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POPSUGAR: See the Blue Tea Everyone's Talking About

Meet Phong Trinh, one of the four ultrahip owners of West Hollywood's hottest tea bar, Pearl's Finest Teas.

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thrillist: los angeles/fairfax pearl’s finest teas

This upscale Fairfax tea shop is all about bubble tea (or boba, for those in-the-know). The boba at Pearl's …

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sprudge: taiwan’s addicting salty coffee comes to los angeles

Whoever thought that Los Angeles Lakers player D’Angelo Russell would take time out of his day …

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the hundreds: we try out pearl’s finest teas in the first episode

Imagine if you will—having never tried some of the weirdest, most interesting foods that life has …

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eater: STEP INTO FAIRFAX’S HIPPEST NEW BOBA SPOT

The Fairfax District is known for a lot of things: hip sneaker shops, the Jon & Vinny empire, and ….

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destination luxury: the best place to pary in nha trang, vietnam

Need to escape to someplace completely new? Try Nha Trang in Vietnam. The city was recently …

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eater: Seven Dishes to Get Excited About at ‘Top Chef’ Winner Mei Lin’s new …

Top Chef winner Mei Lin has been busy testing dishes for Nightshade …

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robb report: The 9 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings This Fall

Nightshade, Los Angeles Top Chef winner Mei Lin has stayed busy since taking the crown a … 

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eater: Top Chef Winner Mei Lin Takes to the Arts District With New Nightshade

After years of anticipation, star chef Mei Lin is finally ready to reveal her next project … 

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food & wine: Jessica Largey’s Simone Is Ready for Its Close-Up in L.A.'s …

Top Chef winner Mei Lin plans to open Nightshade in the Arts District this fall …

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elite traveler: The Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings in LA

The former sous chef of Ink and winner of TV cooking show Top Chef, Mei Lin, will be launching …

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eater: The 11 Most Anticipated Los Angeles Restaurant Openings in 2019

With 2018 wrapping up in the coming weeks, it’s time to look forward to what’s ahead in the New …

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food & wine: You Can Finally Book a Table at Top Chef Winner Mei Lin’s …

Mei Lin won season 12 of Top Chef in 2015, and the anticipation for the L.A. culinary superstar …

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eater: Inside Nightshade, Mei Lin’s Dream Los Angeles Restaurant

Nightshade is finally here from 2014 Eater Young Gun and Top Chef season 12 winner Mei Lin …

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la mag: These 4 L.A. Chefs Have Restaurants Coming in 2019 and …

The debut of Top Chef winner Lin’s Arts District restaurant looks to advance the city’s culinary …

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TIME OUT: 10 Los Angeles restaurant openings to look for in 2019

One of the year’s biggest openings is already here, and it should come as no surprise that tables for Mei Lin’s..

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Eater: One Month In, Mei Lin Lost Her Voice But Sells Tons of Mapo Tofu …

Opening month is always an exciting and stressful time for a restaurant, especially one that was ashotly

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Eater: Order the Congee Chefs around the country are turning to porridge …

At the buzziest new restaurant in Los Angeles, one of the early standouts is a pink bowl filled with rice …

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ROBB REPORT: French Farmers Scoff in California’s General Direction …

The fallout begins. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to take up the case to overturn …

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Eater: Emerald Green Is the New Restaurant Design Power Color

In 2017, blue, particularly when applied to plush banquettes, was the preferred color for …

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THRILLIST: The Best Restaurants in LA Right Now

There was a lot going on in January, between the Rams winning, the LAUSD and the teacher’s union …

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The hollywood reporter: Nightshade and blackship: dining review

Every so often, a crop of splashy Los Angeles restaurants opens with similar points of view …

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in the loop: nightshade - highly anticipated Arts District restaurant

While we can all agree that 2018 was a pretty terrible year, the future is starting to look just a little bit brighter …

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eater: An Eater’s Guide to Los Angeles -Hottest restaurant NIGHTSHADE

The hottest restaurant right now is Nightshade, Mei Lin’s ode to Chinese -American dishes in the Arts …

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WHITEWALL: Tracy O’Brien’s Los Angeles: N/Naka, Blum & Poe …

Where to eat & sip Nightshade, a new Arts District Asian inspired restaurant by top chef Mei Lin.

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california home design: DESIGN DISH NIGHTSHADE

Tucked into an Arts District alley right near Hauser & Wirth, Nightshade is the long-anticipated … 

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la mag: At Nightshade,Top Chef‘s Mei Lin Is Making the Blooming Onion Relevant

Consider the blooming onion. Over the years the calorie bomb-cum-appetizer has become shorthand …

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la downtowner: Top Chef’s Mei Lin Plants Her Fine Dining Roots in Arts District

There is something about the Arts District in DTLA that keeps attracting award-winning chefs, fine dining …

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eater: Downtown LA’s Most Impressive Vegetable-Focused Restaurant …

There is something about the Arts District in DTLA that keeps attracting award-winning chefs, fine dining …

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thrillist: The Best Restaurants in LA Right Now

This March was a big one for LA: we are officially out of a drought for the first time in years …

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eater: Shrimp Toast Is Having a Moment in LA Right Now

Long before avocado toast or jam and ricotta-slathered brioche started filling Instagram feeds, ….

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LA TIMES: Fancy Chinese food is here to stay — and it's about time

How Chinese food in America came to be synonymous with fried noodles and sticky-sweet meat …

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LA TIMES: Nightshade in the Arts District offers a unique take on L.A

The pasta dish you see on almost every table at Nightshade is chef Mei Lin’s mapo tofu …

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EATER: The Eater Young Guns Class of 2019…

Since Eater started giving out the awards in 2012, the goal of Young Guns has been to showcase …

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EATER: Meet LA’s Two Eater Young Guns 2019 Winners

This year’s crop of Eater Young Guns winners for 2019 is possibly better than ever before. At the very …

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EATER: LA Times Declares Nightshade One of LA’s ‘Most Interesting’ Restaurants

This week’s LA Times food reviews focus on two restaurants of a very different sort, starting …

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GQ: GQ's Best New Restaurants in America, 2019

Let me begin with two dinners in Houston. These were two meals over the course of 24 hours that …

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EATER: Some of LA’s Biggest New Restaurant Openings Draw National …

Some of LA’s most exciting new restaurants are getting some outsized attention this morning. First up …

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Condé Nast Traveler: 12 Best Things to Do in L.A.'s Arts District: ThE …

Nightshade, a pan-Asian homage to modern Angeleno cooking, is where Top Chef winner Mei Lin …

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EATER: The 16 Hottest Restaurants in LA Right Now, April 2019

More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends, and family of Eater have one question: Where should …

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Condé Nast Traveler: Taking influence from her world travels …

Nightshade has hanging green plants, eclectic touches, and mid-century modern furniture that’s …

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VOYAGELA: The 16 Hottest Restaurants in LA Right Now, April 2019

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cyrus Batchan and Francis Miranda. Cyrus grew up helping at …

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timeout: Here’s how to spend a perfect day in the Arts District

A longtime buzz generator, the Arts District has finally grown up into a full-day cultural and culinary …

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EATER: 11 Great Lasagnas to Love Around Los Angeles

There’s something so satisfying about the humble lasagna. The dishes evokes images of families gathered …

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la mag: These 4 L.A. Chefs Have Restaurants Coming in 2019 and …

We’ll spare you the Garfield jokes, but suffice it to say lasagna rules and we would certainly eat it …

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CURBED: The rise of velvet in the age of attainable luxury

Most of the things we touch in a day are hard and smooth, metal or plastic. The keyboard or phone …

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discover los angeles: The Guide to "Top Chef" Restaurants in Los Angeles

Top Chef, Bravo’s competitive cooking show that’s hosted by legendary judges like Tom Colicchio …

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C magAZINE: Top Chef to Top Table After triumphing on TV …

More than four years after winning Top Chef season 12, chef Mei Lin has opened her first restaurant …

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EATER: The Most Imaginative Desserts in Los Angeles

The most imaginative dessert in Los Angeles is so understated it blends into the table — and that’s …

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EATER: Nightshade’s Shrimp Toast Wins National ‘Dish of the Year’ Award

Good news for Nightshade in the Arts District: Mei Lin’s flavor-packed shrimp toast has just been …

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ktla: A Taste of Nightshade With Chef Mei Lin

Her restaurant was just recognized as one of Food And Wine’s best new restaurants. Chef Mei Lin of …

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LOS ANGELES TIMES: Psst. You should really try this congee

The congee at Mei Lin’s downtown restaurant Nightshade is not the plain congee I ate growing up in the …

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rOBB rEPORT: The World’s Best Restaurants, Chefs and Dish of the Year

Mei Lin made the long wait for her first restaurant well worth it. America originally got to know Lin …

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food & WINE: THE Best New Restaurants 2019

Chef Mei Lin pulls every trigger, twirls every dial to a defiant volume. Right about the time the shrimp…

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food & WINE: The Best Bites of 2019, Dish of the Year

Chef Mei Lin’s homage to shrimp toast, topped with minced prawns and fried curry leaves, sits in …