Celebrate 2013 and ring in the New Year with a full belly (and booze flowing). We pick the best New Year's Eve dinners and drinks from Los Angeles restaurants, including a Mad Men–themed shindig at Tavern, a seafood feast at Hungry Cat and a fine dining, multi-course dinner at Hatfield's.
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Seating: 6:30pm, 9pm
Cost: $95, first seating; $125, second seating
Menu: Roasted suckling pig; antipasto of prosciutto, coppa, smoked ricotta; roasted carrots, curried cauliflower, dandelion, tahini yogurt, pomegranate; scallop with cornbread chorizo stuffing; potatoes with cavolo nero, caramelized apples and quince, spicy romesco, chestnuts and fried sage; bittersweet chocolate tart with mascarpone and pistachios
Booze: $40 supplemental wine pairing
Perks: Free Champagne toast, live DJ, dancing
Menu: The three-course prix fixe includes sunchoke soup with truffle cream and black trumpet mishrooms, sausage with braised greens and lentils, and almond spice cake with eggnog ice creaam
Booze: What better place than next door's Stark Bar to be shaking drinks and popping bubbly for your New Year fete?
Seating: 5:30-6:30pm, 8:30-9:30pm
Price: $110, first seating; $150, second seating
Menu: Five-courses include potato blini with crème fraîche and caviar; duck liver rumaki; deviled egg with celery and anchovy; California seafood cocktail with shrimp, crab, squid, avocado and cilantro; butter-poached fillet of rex sole; grilled veal chop with creamed spinach, chanterelle mushrooms and black truffle butter; Ambassador hotel ice cream cake with chocolate sauce
Booze: $50 supplemental wine pairing
Perks: Party favors to ring in 2013
Seating: 6:30-8pm, 9-11pm
Price: $80, first seating; $125, second seating
Menu: The four-course dinner includes your choice of anitpasti (hamachi crudo, burrata salad or duck terrine), pasta (spiny lobster tortelli, short rib agnolotti, cannelloni with spinach and wild mushrooms), entrée (beef filer, risotto with radicchio and Robiola, sea bream or wood-roasted spicy prawns) and dessert (zeppole, chocolate and amaretto nemesis, panettone bread pudding or Italian cheese plate).
Perks: Champagne toast, party favors, live DJ at second seating
Seating: 5:30-8pm, 8-11pm
Price: $85, first seating; $100, second seating
Menu: Choose either chestnut soup or house-cured gavlax, crab tortellini or pheasant and truffle terrine, beef tenderloin or loup de mer and apple fritters or chocolate pavé.
Perks: An amuse bouche and champagne toast is included in the second seating.
Menu: The six-course meal includes vegetarian and pescatarian options. Dishes include saffron arancini with gold flakes, smoked tomato soup with tea sandwiches, buckwheat pasta with caviar and créme fraiche, beef brasato or pink snapper, Prosecco sundae and warm chocolate pudding.
Booze: $45 wine pairing
Seating: 6-7pm, 8-11pm
Price: $85, first seating; $135, second seating
Menu: Opt for the first seating for a three-course menu of house-cured salmon or lobster bisque; spaghettini with lemon, chives and caviar, turbot, prosciutto-wrapped tuna or braised short rib; Italian cookie with champagne and strawberry or a chocolate tasting. Add on oysters and lobster bisque to start, along with party favors and champagne toast for the second seating's five-course dinner.
Perks:The second seating includes champagne toast, party favors and entry for the hotel's New Year's Eve party with live music and dancing
Seating: 5-8:45pm, 9pm-close
Price: $55, first seating; $75, second seating
Menu: The first seating includes three courses of primi—choose tricolore salad, broccolini or pork meatballs—secondi—choose mint tagliatelle with lamb bolognese, tonnarelli with pomodoro sauce, carbonara pasta, branzino, brick chicken or short rib stracotto—and dolci of toasted coconut gelato pie or warm chocolate cake. The second seating includes an extra pasta course.
Perks: Prosecco toast and party favors at midnight
Seating: 5:30-6:15pm, 7:30-8:15pm, 9:30-10:15pm
Price: $75, first seating; $95, second seating; $105, third seating
Menu: The eight-plate meal includes housemade foccacia, potato soup with crab and cauliflower, uni and scallop tiradito, shrimp cake, pisco shooter, quinoa fried chicken, beef tenderloin with uni butter and warm chocolate cake.
Booze: A wine pairing is included with dinner, while an additional open bar can be had for $40 after 10:30pm.
Perks: Live DJs
Seating: 6-7pm, 9:30-10:30pm
Price: $95, first seating; $145, second seating
Menu: The prix-fixe menu includes housemade foccacia, potato soup with crab and cauliflower, grilled shrimp tartare, stuffed cucumber, pisco shooter, paella, grilled filet mignon and warm chocolate cake.
Booze: A wine pairing is included at dinner, while open bar after 10:30pm can be had for $40.
Perks: Live DJ