Grace Lee’s Tasty, Rowdy, Relaxing Guide to L.A.’s Koreatown
Los Angeles is just a big ol’ sprawl of magical nooks and crannies—if you know where to look. It helps to have a knowledgeable, and generous, friend willing to share the wisdom, and Grace Lee, a lifelong Angeleno and a killer jewelry designer, is down to give us the inside scoop on one of her favorite ‘hoods: Koreatown.
Kang Hodong Baekjeong:
(3465 W. 6th St., Suite 20)
Caffé Concerto: “I discovered Caffe Concerto before the infamous PSY visited last September. Caffe Concerto is a two-story cafe that kind of feels and looks like a friend’s awesome home. I like to visit in the evenings with friends and share a bottle of wine, some tapas, and then finish off with tea and macarons. Not bad in my book.” (610 S. Serrano Ave.)
Beer Belly: “There’s nothing really traditionally Korean about Beer Belly except that its owner is Korean-American, but their wide range of on-tap craft beers plus a daily menu of ‘crafty’ food offerings is so amazing. My go-to is their chipotle-and-beer-braised short rib, which is to die for—seriously.” (532 S. Western Ave.)
Wi Spa: “Wi Spa is the ultimate Korean spa experience. It is open 24 hours a day and is four stories. They have five signature sauna rooms, and I like to frequent late at night with a girlfriend and catch up while sitting in one of them.” (2700 Wilshire Blvd.)