Sapor

Lunch, Dinner and Esteemed Drinking in Koreatown

Short Rib Sandwiches by Day. Vincenzo Marianella's Drinks by Night.

By Hadley Tomicki ·
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If you want great galbi, you hit Koreatown.

If you want to quaff Hite in a Titantic-themed bar until you've memorized K-Pop's top 10, you hit Koreatown.

But should you just seek a pleasant time with friends over scallops and Old Fashioneds... 

No. Koreatown. Still Koreatown.

Since Sapor is now open to serve you all kinds of globally inspired dishes and interesting drinks in the neighborhood, that is. 

There's an attractive dining room under electric candelabras, faux grass pillars and a bar facing the open kitchen. Plus a front patio you'll hope to join. Consider several different plays here. Such sundry actions as:

Lunch.
Like a casual meet among associates, experimenting with bulgogi parathas before whichever divergent cheeseburger/pork fat bibimbap/short rib sandwich directions your lives may take.

Oh, or happy hour.
It's called "tapas hour" actually, and it's two hours in the afternoon, three at night. With lamb ribs, daiquiris and Old Fashioneds. And, yep, Vincenzo Marianella is behind the drinks.

Something more serious.
Dinner could involve a three-course prix-fixe. Unless you're comfortable making your own agonizing decisions between artistic plates bearing ribeye or scallops with brown butter powder after a gin-and-mezcal-loaded London Smoke.

Just grit your teeth and try to get through it.

Hadley Tomicki lives in Los Angeles. He is probably going nowhere on the 10 Freeway this very second.

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