Since first announcing itself last year, much of Los Angeles has waited eagerly for Here's Looking at You, the stepping-out project for former Animal chef Jonathan Whitener and longtime operations lead Lien Ta. Now the wait is over.
Koreatown is in the midst of a real restaurant moment, as concepts both casual and high-minded begin finding real estate within the neighborhood. The most recent arrival is slated to be Here’s Looking at You, one of the city’s most anticipated openings from chef Jonathan Whitener and GM Lien Ta.
Here’s Looking at You will open Wednesday, July 13, working a fusion-focused menu of true LA flavors, from Vietnamese to Mexican to modern American and beyond. Much of the heavy lifting comes from some built-in grills, meant for smoking, searing, and everything in between.
Both Whitener and Ta worked to craft the look of the 1,000 square foot space themselves, instead of working with a design firm. They did have some help with the detailing though, as the custom chandelier comes from artist Heather Levine, along with an exterior mural by Priscilla Witte.
The dining room itself holds roughly 50 seats, including the seating around the bar that’s meant for walk-ins. Eventually, the plan is to even offer a different menu — cocktails and food alike — for those who choose to belly up there instead of grabbing a table.
Here’s Looking at You opens for dinner service on Wednesday, July 13, with hours from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. weeknights, and until midnight on Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays, and will begin taking reservations next week.
Here's Looking at You
3901 W. 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA