Located in the trendy Line Hotel, POT and its many components can be a little overwhelming. There's the restaurant, with its hot pots and flowery aprons (in lieu of napkins) and chef Roy Choi's take on Korean food. There's the bar in the lobby, with its fuzzy navels and white Russians and flavored soju and hibiscus-and-celery cocktails. And then there's the cafe, which is also in the lobby, and which sells all kinds of baked goods, including the best cookies in town. All the cookies are damn tasty, but the one we tend to swoon over is the mocha chip cookie, a rich chocolate fudge-y wonder with the bitter edge of dark coffee and an assertive kick of salt. Pastry chef Marian Mar, who used to work at New York's Momofuku Milk Bar, turns out all manner of delicious sweet treats, and she proves that you can get pretty wild and still retain a heavy dose of pure, childish glee. That's certainly what her cookies deliver, sea salt and all. —Besha Rodell

3515 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown, 90010. (213) 368-3030, eatatpot.com.

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