Ditmas Kitchen and Cocktails
If any native New Yorkers living in L.A. recognise the name ‘Ditmas’ (as in Ditmas Kitchen and Cocktails, the rustic New American eatery from chef Alex Reznik), then they can probably also guess as to what they’re likely to find inside – and that’s some seriously evocative flavours from back home in Borough Park, Brooklyn. Inspired by the neighbourhood street where he grew up, along with his grandmother’s home cooking, Reznik opened his West Coast home in an ode to his childhood – and true to form, his menu is kosher, flavour-packed, and sprinkled heavy with nostalgia.
So while you won’t find any dishes mixing meat and dairy, and there’s no pork or shellfish on the menu, there’s elevated New York classics like short rib with butternut squash polenta, a ‘Shalom Burger’ with tomato marmalade and spicy mustard, and five cuts of steak with a side of fries. From the bar menu there’s corned beef tongue on brioche, and ‘Dirty Russian Potato’ with mystery meat and sriracha, to pair with kosher beers from Schmaltz Brewing Co. or Brooklyn-inspired craft cocktails like the ‘F-Train’ with Dobel Reposado tequila, blood orange, house-crafted sour and agave. It’s all served up in sunny L.A. style, with a formal leather-boothed dining room on one side, and a convivial bar with communal wooden tables on the other. Just like Bubbe used to make? It’s all a bit too California for her sensibility, but darn tasty all the same.
8731 W Pico Blvd / WeHo / +310 271 9300 / dinner Sat-Thu / ditmasla.com