UPDATE: Fifty Seven Calls It Quits, Reformat In The Works
The trick to gauging the trendiness of a restaurant is to count the number of heads that turn when each new patron arrives. If Boss saunters in and feels instantly more attractive, congratulations – you’ve pinpointed the restaurant of the moment in a city where trends change as swiftly as the soup du jour.
But what happens when a restaurant boasts a new and original concept? One that doesn’t allow the food to get old, or worse – the chef to get bored. Such is the case with Fifty Seven – the latest addition to the growing Downtown Arts District – where there’s a seasonal rotation and a new chef shuffled in every few months to completely redesign the menu.
Chef David Nayfeld (Eleven Madison Park) is first at bat, and along with producing the prettiest butter I’ve ever seen, he’s also managed two dishes I’ve not stopped dreaming about. First – the La Tur, a tri-milk cheese from Piemonte, whipped to airy perfection and served with radicchio, apple and basil. Secondly (and for which I’ll be back before his tenure expires) the Meyer Lemon tart with ricotta, parmesan biscuit and an artful whip of basil.
While there, make sure Boss speaks to Max, the sommelier, who boasts dangerously good taste for fine desert wine. Also suggest poking a head into the live music venue downstairs, where acts play Wednesday through Saturday from 9 or 10pm onwards. If it’s Friday and you want to appear spontaneous – bring a date for dessert, wander downstairs for live music and ease into your excuse for second (or third) cocktail.
712 South Santa Fe Avenue (around the corner from Bestia)
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Downstairs music venue: Performances updated here, and scheduled Wednesday-Saturday, 9 or 10pm onwards.
Monday // Closed
Tuesday // 6pm – 12am
Wed – Sat // 6pm – 1:30am
Sunday // 6pm – 12am