AOC, the seminal wine and small plates destination that Lucques chef Suzanne Goin and sommelier Caroline Styne opened nearly ten years ago on Third Street, reopened last night in a new, more open location further west on the street. The restaurant officially took over the former home of Hollywood power-spot Orso, replacing its most recent incarnation, Sean MacPherson's Il Covo. Illuminated and expanded under designer Claire Stansfield, the new AOC maintains the old tenant's best assets like fireplaces and marble flooring, with a more contemporary, de-cluttered appearance, which includes the implementation of new bay trees surrounded by an edible garden on the charming patio.
With chef de cuisine Lauren Herman in the kitchen, Goin's seasonal small plates, cheese, and charcuterie are still the nucleus of the menu, with the wood-burning oven taking on new large format plates like Southeast Asian-influenced suckling pig confit, whole roast chicken in "Ode to Zuni," and whole fish. The second coming of AOC also finds a full bar with new cocktails under Lucques' Christiaan Rollich. Overall, a renewed energy in a more accommodating space, adding a dash of increased ambition to this modern L.A. classic. Come take a look at A.O.C.'s full space in our slideshow.
AOC, 8700 W. 3rd St. West Hollywood; 323-859-9859.