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Small bites: Craft's lunch, Nobu's new menu, Cube Cafe's aperitivo and Five Crowns' three-course menu

August 6, 2010 |  6:02 am

Get crafty for lunch. August lunch specials at Craft include a three-course prix-fixe menu for $25. First course enjoy ricotta cavatelli, hearts of palm or octopus carpaccio. Main courses include sea bass with bok choy and turnips, beef cheeks with cranberry beans, or veal sweetbreads with black garlic. For  dessert, there's nectarine shortcake or ricotta crêpe. 10100 Constellation Blvd., Los Angeles; (310) 279-4180; craftlosangeles.com

New menu for Nobu. West Hollywood Nobu has gotten a brick oven that has inspired a new assortment of dishes. Try its oyster jalapeño salsa, baby corn dried miso, mushrooms with wasabi salsa and ponzu, live crab, turbot with ginger soy, pork belly with miso anticucho, and veal chop with miso and pepper. 903 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles; (310) 657-5711; noburestaurants.com

Aperitivo returns to Cube. Enjoy the Italian happy hour at Cube Café on Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sit at the cafe's cheese counter and sip $4 to $6 glasses of rosato wine, taste a variety of $5 pizzettas and $5 slices of seasonal fruit pie. 615 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 939-1148; cubemarketplace.com

Five Crowns menu. Lawry’s family restaurant, Five Crowns in Corona del Mar, is offering a surf and turf dinner, including a glass of wine and tea or coffee, for $49 per person. Start with a salad or lobster bisque, then prime rib, salmon or duck, and finish with an English trifle or an ice cream sundae. 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar; (949) 760-0331; lawrysonline.com

-- Amanda Gottesman