One Eyed Gypsy ran into some problems last year before shutting down, but Dana Hollister and Pierre Casanova (Cliff's Edge) has partnered with two seasoned New York City restaurant vets to revamp the space and create a swell new dining destination. Dubbed Osso, which is Italian for bone, the formerly lavish space (which has been standing for almost a hundred years, and even once served as a brothel), is now pared down its essentials.
Nick Montgomery helms the kitchen, who's worked everywhere from Momofuku and The Brooklyn Star in Williamsburg, to Blackbird in Chicago. The menu here at Osso spans the flavors of the American South, with some seasonal elements sprinkled throughout.
The fried chicken might be one of the best new examples in town, fried in a cast iron skillet over a raging hot stove for the perfect crispy crust. Snackier bites come in the form of salt and vinegar chips, white cheddar popcorn, and a house-made slim jim (yes, believe it). For more composed dishes, delve into a hamachi crudo with pho broth; foie gras torchon with peach and harissa jam; or a full-on pork chop with wheat berries, nectarine, and summer squash. The full menus are listed below.
Ami Lourie, who helped build Mario Batali's and David Chang's Momofuku empires in New York City, handles the front of house and overall operation. Darwin Manahan (Punch, Pasadena) has built an approachable, yet innovative cocktail program. Sip on an Hola Chingon, with tequila blanco, blueberry cordial, and bubbly wine, or a Padre, shaking Ford's gin, kalamansi, and lemon. Of course, if cocktails aren't your thing, try a craft brew like Firestone Easy Jack IPA, or a glass of Alta Maria pinot noir.
Soft opened for about a week, Osso aspires to be that every day dining and drinking hall that Arts District never seems to have enough of. Head there before the crowds find out. The kitchen is open daily from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., with drinks served until 2 a.m. (or close). Happy hour runs from 5 to 6 p.m.
901 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90012