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Death & Co New Year's Eve
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Where to find to-go New Year’s Eve dinner in Los Angeles

So long, 2020! Ring in 2021 with a celebratory takeout dinner this New Year’s Eve—and a champagne toast, of course.

By Stephanie Breijo
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You know what they say: "Out with the old, in with the new," but the phrases "Don't let the door hit ya" and "See you in Hell" feel just as applicable as we send off a year rife with, well, almost every horror imaginable. And while 2020 calls for a sendoff of truly epic proportion—we'd normally enter the new year dancing and drinking at one of L.A.'s many New Year’s Eve parties around town, especially after all we've been through in 2020—of course we're housebound, and options are limited.

Thankfully there's a festive pickup or delivery dinner out there for everyone, available at some of L.A.’s best restaurants and bars to help us celebrate in delicious style. Whether you're looking for a full-on feast, a caviar-and-champagne kind of deal or a pizza party with sparklers, here's where and what to order on New Year's Eve.

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New Year’s Eve dinner options

Angelini Osteria
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Angelini Osteria

Restaurants Italian Fairfax District

What: Kick off 2021 with one of the best Italian restaurants in L.A. and a four-course prix fixe that includes plenty of festive fare. You'll start with smoked salmon with caviar and well as some lentils with cotechino, for good luck in the new year, then pick and choose your way through dishes like ossobuco; grilled lamb chops; and spinach-and-ricotta crêpes before a dessert of panna cotta with berry sauce. If chef Gino Angelini's cooking doesn't put you in an excellent mood to enter 2021, maybe those add-on bottles of wine—starting at $30—will.

Price: $115 per person

Reservations: Call 323-297-0070 or email catering@angeliniosteria.com.

Bar Ama queso
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Bar Amá

Restaurants Mexican Downtown Historic Core

What: Josef Centeno's Tex-Mex haven is bringing us a bit of the restaurant's perfect balance of high and low for the holiday: This New Year's Eve, Bar Amá is offering its fan-favorite nachos—now topped with caviar. Every order includes two ounces of roe, fresh tortilla chips, Centeno's world-class queso, crema, guacamole, cilantro, onion and salmarejo salsa. There'll also be a fried chicken dinner on offer, and you can add on plenty of wines, beers, house-made sodas, cocktails (this is a margarita destination, after all), plus a special end-of-2020 punch that features rum, cava, orange, nutmeg, pomegranate and mint.

Price: $60 for caviar nachos, feeds two; wine and cocktails à la carte

Reservations: Order online.

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Baltaire charcuterie board
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Baltaire

Restaurants Steakhouse Brentwood

What: This Brentwood steakhouse is giving us plenty of options for New Years Eve. If you're looking for a full feast, the Parisian-themed prix fixe for four people should do the trick with a bottle of Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee Brut; baguette with cultured butter; bacon-wrapped country pâté; winter salad in hazelnut vinaigrette; beef cheek bourguignon; crème brûlée; and New Year's Eve party favors. There are also charcuterie plates and cheese plates, at $95 apiece, plus caviar with all the fixins ($115-$155) and bottles of wine and boozy eggnog.

Price: $375 feeds four; à la carte party fare available

Reservations: Order online.

Bourbon Steak bone-in prime rib
Photograph: Courtesy Bourbon Steak/Biondo Productions Photo Studio

Bourbon Steak

Restaurants Steakhouse Glendale

What: Bourbon Steak’s three-course prix-fixe New Year's Eve menu is sheer decadence. You'll begin with a wild-mushroom tart made with leeks, Hudson Valley foie gras and winter truffle, then proceed to a an entrée of lobster tail with truffle-rubbed bone-in prime rib and potato purée with bone marrow butter. Lastly, you'll end the evening with a bourbon chocolate bar featuring peanut butter ganache. Order by December 26. 

Price: $159 per person

Reservations: Call 818-839-4130 or email jsanford@bourbonsteak.com.

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Cassia, Cassia soup
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Cassia

Restaurants South Asian Santa Monica

What: Cassia's end-of-year blowout dinner comes with a little of everything—even a party kit with beads and noisemakers. The six-course Vietnamese-Cajun feast includes bites like honey-lemongrass baked ham with bourbon glaze, Sichuan-pepper jelly, and Vietnamese black pepper cornbread; boudin sticky rice with spiced pork and scallion; smoked cucumber salad; five-spice butternut squash and sweet potato soup; and vanilla banana custard with coconut-and-walnut crumble. Tack on wines, large-format punches and more.

Price: $135 feeds one to two; $270 feeds three to four; $405 feeds five to six

Reservations: 310-393-6699 or order online

Death & Co New Year's Eve
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Death & Co.

Bars Cocktail bars Downtown Arts District

What: Serving light bites, some of the best drinks in the city and a great deal, L.A.'s Death & Co. is offering a whole mood of a New Year's Eve package. Each pack is designed for a party of two and includes festive NYE staples (hats and the like), plus Vesper martinis with vacuum-sealed lemon twists; a bottle of G.H. Mumm champagne; 30 grams of Sturia premier caviar; house-made salt-and-vinegar potato chips; golden potato blinis; mother of pearl spoons; and ramekins of lemon crème fraîche and red onion marmalade; and even a $50 Death & Co. gift card to use when the bar someday reopens for on-site service. The package also includes a link to their Spotify playlist to keep the mood going well into the night/morning.

Price: $225 for two

Reservations: Order online.

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Great White New Year's Eve pizza package
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Great White

Restaurants Cafés Venice

What: Keeping things chill this year? Venice's charming all-day café with serious sourdough pizza game is bringing us a pizza party complete with sparklers and wine to keep things casual and cool. The base packege for two to four people includes a pizza, four sliders, a market salad, ceviche, mozzarella with tomatoes and some Gjusta sourdough, plus one bottle of pét-nat. Scale up for your party size or however much pizza you'll want for the morning after—always a good idea to plan ahead—but whichever you pick, you'll get sparklers with matches to set a festive mood.

Price: $100 feeds two to four; $200 feeds four to six; $400 feeds six to eight

Reservations: Order online or through the restaurant's very own smartphone app.

 

Love & Salt pasta
Photograph: Courtesy Love and Salt/Wonho Frank Lee

Love & Salt

Restaurants Italian Manhattan Beach

What: One of the South Bay's Italian-leaning gems is sending off 2020 with a four-course dinner for two, including a bottle of bubbly. You'll get to choose that bubbly—whether it's champagne, sparkling rosé, prosecco, or a cava-based cocktail kit—plus pick two antipasti, two pastas, one entrée, and two desserts. Dishes include the likes of persimmon and burrata with spiced walnuts; wood-oven meatballs with ricotta and toasted sourdough; prime rib-eye steak with potato gratin; roasted free-range chicken with wilted greens; strozzapreti with short rib ragu; and buttered rum pudding. Place your order by December 29. 

Price: $175 feeds two

Reservations: Order online.

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Petrossian caviar and blini
Photograph: Courtesy Petrossian/Jakob N. Layman

Petrossian

Restaurants French West Hollywood

What: Champagne and caviar are a customary New Year's pairing, and what better way to do that than a canapés dinner from one of the world's top caviar brands? This year Petrossian is offering a canapé tasting menu complete with bubbly and, of course, tins of the brand's classic shassetra caviar. Each package feeds two and includes two 30-gram caviar tins, one bottle of Nicolas Feuillatte champagne, and five canapés per person. Nosh on crab and caviar with apple, citrus vinaigrette and avocado mousse; ahi with wonton, mango, fresno chili and shiso leaf; egg yolk custard with uni and caviar; beef tartare with black truffle and capers; and camembert brûlée with puff pastry, raspberry and mint. Want to go even bigger? There are plenty of add-on kits for blini, smoked fish and beyond.

Price: $500 feeds two

Reservations: Order online.

Chips and caviar at Pilot
Photograph: Stephanie Breijo

Pilot

Restaurants Contemporary American Downtown Fashion District

What: The Hoxton Hotel's chic seafood-forward rooftop restaurant is of course giving us a New Year's Eve menu that involves caviar and bubbles, but it's taking our leap into 2021 a step further: It's taking care of the morning after, too. Pilot's New Year's Eve kit includes chips and caviar; chilled prawns; charcuterie; truffled bucatini; a bottle of sparkling rosé; and ready-to-bake cookie dough for dessert, and it also includes a ready-to-bake pack of freshly made cinnamon rolls for January 1, not to mention peach bellinis. What's more, every kit purchased donates five pounds of pasta to the LA Food Bank—so your meal can help someone else start the year off with food on the table, too.

Price: $195 per kit, feeds two

Reservations: Order online.

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Redbird truffle risotto
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Redbird

Restaurants American creative Downtown Historic Core

What: Chef Neal Fraser’s NYE menu gives you a few directions to head in: For a holiday dinner, there's a seven-course meal that includes the likes of truffle cavatelli; hiramasa crudo; turkey roulade; New York strip steak; cider-glazed Brussels sprouts; and sticky toffee pudding. Of course if you'd like to mix and match or tack on a few items, Redbird's got those, too: à la carte options include smoked salmon blini with caviar and crème fraîche ($40); chicken liver mousse with fig mostarda and crostini ($24); cheese-and-charcuterie ($40); black truffle risotto kits ($100); and plenty of cocktails, pairings and bottles.

Price: $150 feeds two; festive à la carte fare available

Reserve: 213-788-1191 or order online

Republique oysters
Photograph: Ryan Tanaka

République

Restaurants French La Brea

What: République's New Year's Eve menu is a true black-tie affair done at home. The classic, classy feast includes a seafood tower featuring blue prawns and Morro Bay oysters; one ounce of Imperial Kaluga caviar; smoked salmon rillettes; charcuterie and cheese; Margarita Manzke's just-baked baguette with Normandy butter; little gem salad; Brussels sprouts with applewood-smoked bacon; cavatelli with Maine lobster; Colorado rack of lamb with chanterelles; foie gras pithivier with truffle jus; and "the final dessert surprise." Of course if you want to go even bigger there's a half-bottle Krug champagne supplement for $75; a $120 truffle supplement which includes an entire truffle, a truffle shaver and farm eggs for the next morning; and a bevy of sides, cocktails and wine on offer.

Price: $180 per person

Reserve: Order online.

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Rossoblu

Restaurants Italian Downtown Fashion District

What: Chef Steve Samson’s artful Italian spot will have you ringing in New Year’s Eve with a special four-course prix-fixe dinner that even includes access to a virtual cocktail demo. Kick off the night with an optional toast over Zoom, where Samson and crew will log on to mix a drink, chat about wine and cheers the New Year from 6 to 7pm—and even throw in a few giveaways, too. The meal itself includes dishes such as dungeness crab salad with burrata, salsa rosa and Persian cucumbers; braised veal cheek with red wine jus, black lentils, pea tendrils, and potato purée; tagliolini with sweet shrimp, neonate, arugula and bottarga; and lemon maritozzi (buns) with lemon curd, toasted meringue, and gold leaf. Keep the party going with wine bottle add-ons.

Price: $198 feeds two

Reserve: Order online.

Thunderbolt bar Park's BBQ Historic Filipinotown Los Angeles
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Thunderbolt

Bars Cocktail bars Echo Park

What: Southern charm and killer cocktails collide at Thunderbolt, one of our Best New Bars of 2019. At New Year's Eve, it's giving you two ways to celebrate: One party pack is all about champagne with snacks (we're talking a bottle of Laherte Fréres Ultradition champagne with canned highballs; smoked trout caviar; french onion dip; country ham with bake-at-home mini buttermilk biscuits and more), while the other pack is a full-on fried chicken feast—also featuring that bottle of Laherte Fréres Ultradition champagne, of course.

Price: $99 per party pack, feeds two to three

Reserve: Order online.

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Vespertine Alinea menu
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Vespertine

Restaurants Culver City

What: Chef Jordan Kahn's tasting-menu temple to the otherworldly is paying homage to a Chicago gem with a new limited-run menu, giving us an at-home experience inspired by another of the top fine dining restaurants in the country. On New Year's Eve, Kahn's ode to Chicago's Alinea—which incudes dishes such Alinea's hanging bacon butterscotch, the pear celery curry, and the dessert of chocolate with avocado—levels up with a few festive additions. You'll be able to ring in 2021 with a fine dining tasting menu at home, coursed per person, but Vespertine's New Year's Eve iteration also includes one bottle of Krug Grande Cuvée, plus king crab and caviar for an especially high-end affair.

Price: $250 per person

Reserve: Order online.

Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air

Restaurants Californian Bel Air

What: You can't celebrate the new year on the Hotel Bel-Air's legendary restaurant patio, but Wolfgang Puck and his team are still managing to make December 31 special. Champagne, caviar, light bites, desserts and a full-on party kit—complete with an instant camera, playlists, celebration hats, tiaras and the like—are all on the menu of this at-home celebration. Hotel Bel-Air’s executive chef Michael Treanor is curating a luxe rundown that includes two ounces of Imperial Kaluga caviar; lemon-and-herb blinis; brioche toast points; French black-truffle pizza; wild-mushroom en croute; Baja Gulf shrimp cocktail; country ham with aged cheddar and biscuits and more. 

Price: $495 feeds two

Reserve: Order online.

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