Who needs a postprandial nightclub when you’ve got a restaurant that both cooks and sizzles? Style rivals substance at these three eatery/bar newcomers.
14 N. La Cienega Blvd.
After generating big buzz with their Isani clothing line, brother-sister duo Jun and Soyon Kim swapped fashion for food. And the buzz returns. Their Temple engages mind, spirit, and body with sleek minimalist looks, calming Zen aura, and globe-sampling Korean cuisine. Sip a Korean-Brazilian hybrid “soju caipirinha” cocktail from a white leather bar stool, then move on to sup on kimchi crab cakes and slow-braised oxtails in the airy, patio-peeking dining room.
330 Lincoln Rd.
Floribbean cuisine in a sultry setting conjures up Rumi, namesake of a 13th-century Sufi mystic and 21st-century supper club. Very-now designer Nancy Mah marries vintage-’40s simplicity with luxury fabrics and sci-fi lighting at the new SoBe nightspot. Go for the fresh, chef-caught fish (really, he likes to fish!) and seafood dishes dressed in Caribbean spices. Order a kumquat martini and linger post-meal in the restaurant-turned-drinkery when the music amps up, queen-size Murphy beds snap down, and the place is transformed for serious lounging. Ooh la la.
147 W. 15th St.
Actors Johnny Depp and Sean Penn, with new investor John Malkovich, take Man Ray — their très chic Parisian restaurant — stateside. But don’t call it a clone. The New York sibling veers from the sleek cool of the Parisian boîte into neo-opulence, both decorative and natural (check out the waterfall). The menu? French-Asian, when you can tear your eyes from spying on who’s who ascending the diva staircase to dine.