Century City will be the epicenter of fine dining in LA come late 2024 with an impressive trio of new openings including the Greek seafood restaurant Estiatorio Milos, two-Michelin-starred Sushi Noz, and pan-Asian barbecue spot Kyu. All three will be located behind the Fairmont Century Plaza hotel (which reopened in 2021 after a years-long renovation) on the ground floor of the newly built Century Plaza, a $2.5 billion redevelopment project that includes a set of condominium skyscrapers with retail and restaurants on the ground floor.
The Century Plaza project comes from brothers Simon and David Reuben, the controversial U.K.-based billionaires whose real estate empire spans London, New York City, and now Los Angeles. The trio of restaurants fills in a gap that Craft recently left with its closure after 17 years in Century City, though another hospitality group is rumored to be taking over the space. The incoming high-end restaurants should help service a ritzy, upscale neighborhood occupied by condominium towers, office buildings, and the Los Angeles California Temple.
The original Estiatorio Milos opened in Montreal in 1979, with vibey satellite locations operating in Las Vegas, New York City, London, Miami, and Los Cabos. One of Milos’s trademarks is a reasonably-priced three-course lunch that costs $45 in Las Vegas. Those familiar with Avra in Beverly Hills will see a similar formula of high-end Greek seafood dishes including raw fish preparations and whole-grilled seafood.
Sushi Noz, which comes from the famed New York City omakase restaurant founded by Nozumu Abe, announced in 2022 that it was expanding to Los Angeles. Abe recently received a second Michelin star, whose zen experience former Eater New York critic Ryan Sutton called, “technically masterful.” Abe likened the dining experience, in which servers wear kimonos and the meal includes flourishes like hay-smoked bonito, to Kabuki theater. In New York City, Sushi Noz runs an astounding $495 per person before tax and drinks; gratuity is not expected which is typical of restaurants in Japan, though diners can opt to leave one.
Finally, there’s Kyu from chef Christopher Arellanes. The clubby restaurant opened in Miami and now has additional locations in New York City and Mexico City; a third Kyu opens next week at the Fontainebleau in Las Vegas. Kyu’s Asian menu is centered around a wood-fired grill, with dishes like seven-hour smoked short ribs, duck breast burnt ends, and wagyu beef brisket.