In the five years since chef Neal Fraser shuttered his beloved paean to mod-American, Grace, there had been no shortage of epicurean followers beseeching a second coming. Now, as if in answer to their prayers, the dining don has finally unveiled a celestial new bistro set inside… well, a cathedral. Dubbed Redbird (as in a cardinal, geddit?), the chic new Downtown diner combines divine design with produce-driven fare, top local drops and some riotously sinful cocktails.
Fraser and his wife/business partner Amy have assembled a choir of hospitality talent for this project, starting with interiors savant Robert Weimer who has transformed the rectory’s courtyard into an airy dining room complete with original paving, potted citrus trees and a retractable glass roof that gives way to views of the steeple. The four kitchens (one in the old sacristy) are manned by chefs that sharpened their skills at Grace and Patina, and here cook up seasonal New American delights like sea urchin with nori and wasabi snow, and foie gras on pistachios, cocoa nibs and cider jelly. Sweet-tooths can stay seated for Jazmine Corpuz’ decadent desserts, otherwise slink through to the mid century-styled bar for classic sips devised by Julian Cox – try The Good Bishop, made with barolo chinato, tequila and allspice tincture. Oh, have mercy!
114 E 2nd St / Downtown / +1 213 788 1191 / dinner Tue-Sun / redbird.la