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Los Feliz was inspired by the Los Feliz neighborhood in Los Angeles where Mexican food, cocktails, and the good vibes are always flowing.  With those inspirations, the owners wanted to transport that experience to the Lower East Side in New York City as a vibrant destination with multi-floor ambiance that can cater to delicious food, gatherings, and a sensational nightlife.  

Executive Chef 

Julieta Ballesteros is an extremely talented chef and her cuisine is described as modern Mexican with a dynamic French presentation.  Julieta opened her very own restaurant in 2006 called “Crema Restaurante” in Chelsea NY. She's the Executive Chef at Los Feliz in the Lower East Side and is also the owner/Executive Chef of her newest restaurant La Loteria in the West Village.

Julieta is a native of Monterrey, Mexico where she worked on the Executive Dining Room at Alfa Corporativo. Julieta embarked on her culinary adventure in 1996 and she graduated from The French Culinary Institute in 1998.  

She kicked off her career as executive chef of New York’s famed Mexicana Mama in the West Village. Julieta’s training at the French Culinary Institute and her roots as a young and versatile Mexican woman, combine to form her elegant yet hearty cuisine.


She has been a guest consulting chef on Gordon Ramsey’s “Kitchen Nightmares” and has appeared on “Martha Stewart Living Radio”. Julieta has also been featured in “New York Cooks: 100 Best Recipes from the City’s Best Chefs” by Barbara Winkler and Joann Krellenstein.  She has also participated in Iron chef America.

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