Sticking around LA for New Years Eve? Here’s where you should probably eat.
A few days ago, a pal of mine told me she was coming to visit and she asked me where she should go to dine on New Year’s Eve while in Los Angeles. I wasn’t sure what local specials or events were happening, so I thought I’d do a bit of research for her.
I sent out a beacon for help.
After I heard back from my foodie pals – I was able to round up a great little list. This is the round up that I was able to compile for my friend — and for anyone sticking around Los Angeles wanting to ring in the New Year with a satisfied belly.
9pm – 2am
*FREE / No COVER
*DJ Zo & DJ Bye Felicia
*$9 POT Shot + Tiger Beer
*$5 Sparkling wine toast
* Moët, HENNESSY & BElvedere BOTTLE
*Reservations FOR bottle service
available at firstname.lastname@example.org
10pm – 2am
*DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad
*Special Korean pub fare
*$9 POT Shot + Tiger Beer
*$5 Sparkling wine toast
*$30 All You Can Drink Sparkling
Wine after 10pm
In addition, in case you feel the need to soak up all that booze the next morning… there’s a New Year’s Day Brunch Buffet at Commissary too.
On January 1, 2015 from 9am – 2:30pm
Adults $50 / Kids $20 for unlimited brunch and dessert buffet
+ $15 for Unlimited Bloody Mary, Mimosa and Gin & Juice
+++ DJ Droc2pus will be playing from 11am – 3pm
213 368 3030
Click here to book your reservation or call 213 368 3030
Bestia: Restaurateur Bill Chait and chef Ori Menashe’s new Italian restaurant in downtown L.A.’s Arts District is hosting New Year’s Eve with an la carte menu. Bestia will be taking reservations for two different seatings, at 6 and 9:30 p.m. Menu includes grilled octopus, steamed mussels, agnolotti stuffed with braised beef cheeks, chestnut doughnuts with coffee gelato and more.
Call for reservations. 2121 7th Place, L.A., (213) 514-5724, www.bestiala.com.
The Church Key has a prix fixe menu along with unlimited dim sum cart dishes for $85 per person. Beer, wine and festive cocktails from Devon Espinosa. Champagne and pomegranate espuma-topped ‘Pink Lips’, will be available a-la-carte. Great location for large groups.
5:30pm – 9:00pm, L’Assiette will offer a prix-fixe menu ($25+ per person) featuring the restaurant’s namesake dish, steak frites, sorrel soup or house salad, and a glass of complimentary champagne or Kir Royale.
From 10:00pm – 1:00am second seating ($75+ per person) featuring a surf and turf prix-fixe dinner featuring salmon frites followed by a second serving of steak frites.
If guests reserve a table before Monday, December 22 for the second seating (10:00pm – 1:00am), the price will be reduced to $60 per person. Live DJ entertainment all night: Party favors, noisemakers, Kir Royales, and a champagne toast at midnight will celebrate the end of 2014.
Executive Chef Luigi Fineo says “Buon anno!” with a three-course prix-fixe menu ($125+ per person) of contemporary Italian fare of Langoustine Crudo with hibiscus, basil seeds, stracciatella, and shrimp chips, and rich handmade pastas including Semolina Gnocchi with oxtail ragu, crispy sweetbreads, and black currant preserve to bring in the New Year.
Two seatings: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. featuring the regular menu only.
The three-course menu will be available during the second seating from 9:00 – 10:30 p.m., which includes a champagne toast, party favors, and live DJ entertainment.
Chef Vic Casanova’s Pistola is throwing it’s first NYE bash.
6:30 p.m. (first seating) includes a 4-course meal ($125 per person)
9:00 p.m. (2nd seating) includes a 5-course meal and a champagne toast at midnight ($150 per person).
Wine pairings available for an additional $50.
On the menu: Carne Cruda, Ricotta & Truffle Agnolotti, Wild Mediterranean Turbot, Stracotto, Coconut Panna Cotta
To reserve, email Alysa.Braswell@pistola-la.com
From 6pm – 2am, FIG & OLIVE Melrose Place invites Angelenos to celebrate with an evening of French Riviera fare. From a casual à la carte menu to lively cocktail party, guests are welcome to indulge in the following dining options:
- À la carte menu served until 9pm
- White & Gold four-course prix-fixe dinner ($150*) starting at 9pm
- White & Gold cocktail party with drinks and passed hors d’oeuvres ($100*) from 9pm to 12am.
The White & Gold four-course prix-fixe dinner features the following dishes:
- Pata Negra 5j & Manchego Emulsion – Jamon Iberico 5J, caramelized peach, micro arugula, and Manchego foam with Pedro Ximenez emulsion
- Grilled Maine Lobster – artichoke tapenade, puff pastry, and smoked pimenton olive oil
- Seared Scallops & Chanterelle – mushroom tapenade, confit pearl onion, and Porcini oil
- Chilean Sea Bass – charmoula, cumin, and celery root purée emulsion
- Roasted Lamb Rack – Herbs de Provence, goat cheese gnocchi, and sautéed wild mushroom
- Valrhona Chocolate Brownie – milk chocolate, mascarpone mousse, and chocolate raspberry glaze
Soulful Jazz-inspired music by St. Tropez‘s celebrity DJ Julien Nolan will fill the room. Revelers will also receive party favors to prepare for the countdown and balloon drop at the stroke of midnight. Bottle service will be available starting at $105*, a selection of champagne and spirits such as Veuve Clicquot, Dom Pérignon, and Belvedere.
For some inexpensive partying, head to Bigfoot West. No cover, live music, an urban grass band at 8 p.m.
DJ Charlie X will be playing from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Special champagne cocktails start at $10.
The city’s iconic waterfront dining destination overlooking the Marina, invites guests to celebrate the holidays with festive three-course prix-fixe menus ($60-85) of rustic cuisine. Executive Chef Chuck Abair pairs elements of land and sea in dishes such as Black Truffle Pasta with confit turkey, trinity, arugula, and a white wine sauce and Crispy Octopus with fennel, mushrooms, arugula, and chipotle aioli. Abair ends the menus on a sweet note with a selection of festive desserts including Eggnog Crème Brûlée with gingerbread cookies and Pumpkin Bread Pudding with pumpkin brittle and tres leches sauce. Reservations strongly recommended and can be made by calling 310.823.6395
Details: New Year’s Eve Dinner — The first 6 dinner reservations (of parties of 6 or more) will receive a FREE bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label 750 ml
To reserve: Email email@example.com
This Santa Monica based club-by-the-beach offers up gorgeous 1920’s California style decor and a their own special NYE bash to ring in the New Year.
Details: General admission ($100) includes entry, live music, party favors and champagne toast at midnight.
Little Sister – In addition to the regular menu, special items include:
- Salt and Pepper XL Whole Prawns – butter fried shallot, scallion, chilies, lime, smoked peppers, XO sauce
- Dungeness Crab Fried Rice – egg, lap cheong, sweet shrimp, vadouvan curry
- Festive beverage: Passion Fruit Sparkling Cocktail (all guests still seated just before midnight will receive a complimentary pour and toast with the staff)
The Hermosa Beach staple with offer a New Year’s Eve Buffet ($60 dinner only; $120 dinner and open bar) including charcuterie and artisanal cheeses, raw seafood such as oysters, shrimp, and king crab legs, sushi and sashimi, carving station with roasted prime rib of beef or tandoori baked salmon, and assorted desserts such as blood orange torte and guava cheesecake
I love this little modern Italian spot in Downtown Culver City. They have a Northern focus to their dishes and make exceptional wood fired sourdough pizzas and homemade pastas. Also have a killer wine selection. In addition to the regular menu, special NYE offerings include:
- Seafood platter – oysters, American caviar, shrimp, crab, accompaniments ($26)
- Salt Crusted Branzino – roasted acorn squash, charred orange gremolata ($28)
- Whole Roasted Suckling Pig – rosemary, cannellini beans, cranberry mostarda ($24)
- Celebratory beverages: Barbotage, made with cognac, Grand Mariner, and sparkling wine, and Black Velvet, with Anderson Valley stout and sparkling champagne ($10 each)
Four-course dinner ($55), live music (6pm-9pm) and a DJ (9pm- 1am), photo booth (guests can have photos emailed to them), champagne toast, screening of the ball drop on TV, live street magician, and mini chocolate truffles given with guest check. Reservations made at 8:30pm and 10pm will be offered the open bar option for an additional $60 per person.
Menu highlights include:
- Salmon Tostada – avocado, jicama, pickled jalapeño, grapefruit, roe
- Scallops – parsnip purée, mustard frill, bacon crumbs
- Pork Chili Verde – epazote olives, cotija, tortillas
- Potted Tres Leches – sea salt chili, spiced walnuts
- Seafood Platter ($75) – available for parties of 4 or more
Amazing views! For NYE, a 4 Course Prix Fixe $70 + Wine Pairings $30 and Jazz sets
Prix-fixe dinner and tasting menu + live music.
Three-course prix-fixe dinner and a-la-carte selections for $95
Five-course tasting menu for $185 per person.
Some menu items include: Steak Tartare with preserved truffles and parmigiano, seared sea scallops paired with brussel sprouts and burgundy truffle. Crispy striped bass, aged sirloin of beef, or Ricotta Agnolotti. Dessert: Spiced poached pear with honey nougat gelato or vanilla caramel Budino.
Wherever you end up celebrating — be sure to be in good company and think happy thoughts for the New Year!
Superstitious? Click HERE to read which foods are considered bad luck to eat on New Years Eve.