Disclaimer: Of course, this list is by no means exhaustive; there will undoubtedly be dozens of new restaurant openings in 2016, changing this list by the day. And there are about 100 other places we're dying to try, but we had to narrow it down, right? Consider this our list of "if we had all the money in the world and could get a reservation anywhere we wanted, where would be the first places we would go?"
From superstar Chef Timothy Hollingsworth (formerly of The French Laundry), Otium remains a rare breed of restaurant in a city that is quickly becoming oversaturated. Specializing in fine dining at Downtown's Broad Museum, Otium was one of the most anticipated openings of 2015, and we have a feeling that 2016 will be it's breakout year.
File this under "in our wildest epicurean dreams," n/naka blew up after being featured in Netflix's food porn documentary series "Chef's Table." Serving Japanese tasting menus in an intimate setting, we'll have to prepare our wallets to shell out $185/person before we make a reservation at this critically acclaimed spot in Palms.
Curtis Stone's seasonally focused spot is still considered one of LA's top spots at the moment, but getting a reservation (or ticket) here is near impossible. We're hoping we can sample Maude's tasting menu sometime in early 2016.
4. Trois Familia
We've already heard rave reviews about Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook, and Vinny Dotolo's third partnership, Trois Familia. Bringing slutty Mexican brunch to Silverlake, there's nothing we've heard about this restaurant that we don't like. Now we just need to get up early and brave the lines.
5. Jon & Vinny's
Another venture by Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal), Jon & Vinny's has been on our radar for some time already. This year, we're actually going to try and make it to the small space that is serving, what looks like, incredible pizza and Italian food.
From one of our favorite restaurant groups in the city (Milo & Olive, Rustic Canyon), Cassia has received stellar reviews for its French-Asian fare and beautiful space. We particularly want to go and see if the pot-au-feu lives up the major hype.
7. Tsujita Sushi
Though Tsujita has become known for killer ramen on Sawtelle (which is also on our wishlist), Tsujita also has a sushi place down the street serving a classic Omakase. And though the prices make me slightly nauseous, Tsujita is on the must list for special occasions.