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Chinatown

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Chinatown

I will be in LA for two days. Staying near Union Station. What is Chinatown like after dark ?. Not late just early evening ? No car.

Any suggestions for restaurants in the area. Again no car.

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1. Re: Chinatown

It's well lit and full of people. Restaurants and shops are open late. I like Yang Chow -- the 819 N. Broadway location.

http://www.yangchow.com/

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2. Re: Chinatown

I have walked between Union Station and Chinatown many times...

You can also opt for using the LA Metro Gold Line if you don't want to walk...

www.metro.net

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3. Re: Chinatown

Chinatown is fine.

Check out Philippe the Original, Empress Pavilion and Hoan Kiem.

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4. Re: Chinatown

From Union Station you are also near Little Tokyo and Olvera Street. Olvera Street has La Golondrina Cafe, Luz del Dia, and a few others (avoid El Paseo Inn).

The Chinese food really isn't that great in Chinatown anymore! Empress is really awful these days. You will do better with Vietnamese there.

In Little Tokyo an old favorite is Suehiro, but there are plenty of more expensive and upscale choices these days.

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5. Re: Chinatown

Also head over to Little Tokyo (Gold Line, Little Tokyo stop). Nearby and very lively, walkable, many apartments nearby. Japanese food, obviously, but other choices also such as Lazy Ox Canteen and Spice Table. Also Geffen Contemporary Museum and Japanese American Museum are there. All the places above are within a 3 block radius of the Gold Line station.

I think Chinatown has an occasional gallery walk evening. Not sure when.

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6. Re: Chinatown

If you're there on a Friday or Saturday night, be sure to check out all the galleries.

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7. Re: Chinatown

>>>Empress is really awful these days<<<

Empress is fine, I just ate there last week with several of my Chinese associates and they thought it was good.

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8. Re: Chinatown

I agree. Little Tokyo is a much better option than Chinatown. It is lively well into the evening with many restaurants to choose from. Moreover, they are not all Asian. There's also some interesting retail.

If you're staying near Union Station, the Gold Line or taxi is a good idea. I'd take a taxi because the drive is so short. The walk along Alameda isn't pedestrian friendly. Have the cab drop you off at the Miyako Hotel on First.

I'd highly recommend Philippe's on Alameda near Chinatown and Olvera Street. It is just north of the gas station.

Traxx at Union Station is a very good upscale restaurant, although I haven't been in a long time.

You can also take the subway to 7th & Metro. From here you can easily walk down to the L.A. Live complex. Lots of bright lights and restaurants. Walk down Figueroa or Flower. There's also tons of great restaurants in the Financial District.

HTH

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9. Re: Chinatown

Gold line to Pasadena and venture away too.

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