David Bartnes was really trying to stir up the Little Tokyo dining scene when he was cooking at b.o.s., a meat-centric tasting menu restaurant (that eventually dropped the whole omakase endeavor). Those days are over, but a new izakaya called Kinjiro has taken it place. It's not clear who exactly is behind this new project, but the concept itself seems pretty to be a high-end izakaya.
While the dishes might be pretty familiar, they still veer on the side of adventurous (and sometimes pricey). There's prime beef tongue with sea salt, grilled chicken thigh with yuzu kosho, steamed Niman ranch pork belly, and uni pasta. The food and drink menu is varied, with a good range of sake, beer, and wine choices to pair with the fare. At the moment, there isn't much in the way of reviews except one highly positive take on Yelp.
424 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012