New Year's Eve dinner options
What: As if Baldoria's aces beverage menu didn't make this a great enough NYE pick already, they're offering happy-hour drink prices all night, plus a complimentary champagne toast at midnight and an included buffet from 10pm to 1am, which means you'll be snacking on braised short rib mac and cheese; mini lobster rolls; shrimp skewers with chili-lime butter and other items—hello, foie gras and potato pizza—as you head into 2018. Doesn't sound like a bad start to us.
Price: $30 in advance, $35 at the door
Reserve: 213-947-3329 or buy your tickets online
What: Hoping to start 2018 in South Bay? From 5 to 11pm, Hermosa Beach's Baran's is offering a five-course prix-fixe menu, complete with champagne toast. How do razor clams in a clam consume with potato-bacon espuma sound? How about black truffle cavatelli with duck confit, black truffles and cured egg yolk? Could we interest you in some persimmon pudding cake with chocolate custard, buttermilk-and-thyme sorbet and mulled persimmon wine sauce? We thought so.
Price: $135; $270 with beverage pairings
Reserve: 424-247-8468 or purchase tickets online
What: Looking for a NYE menu from one of the city's top chefs, without all the pomp and circumstance? Say no more, fam. Michael Cimarusti—of Providence and Connie & Ted's fame—is serving up snackable, share-friendly dishes from the regular menu, plus à la carte specials like duck confit poutine or a brisket sandwich from 5 to 11pm at his new restaurant in the Ace Hotel Downtown. Looking for bites closer to the clock's midnight strike? There'll be a late-night menu, too, offered from 11pm til 1am—perfect for those just getting out of the Ace's Dita Von Teese show.
What: Start your year with a bit of luck by way of Bourbon Steak's "Cheers to Luck and Fortune" menu, which whips up globally-inspired dishes that an array of cultures find lucky. Expect chilled soba noodles—which represent long life—served with black truffle dashi and seven-minute "golden" egg; or caviar parfait with house-cured salmon, crème fraîche, dill, and of course caviar, whose eggs symbolize new life. And because this is Bourbon Steak, after all, find filet mignon with barley risotto—the grains represent abundance—and maitake mushroom.
Price: $95, with $45 wine pairing available
What: The Beverly Center's new California-meets-Italy darling is presenting a special tasting menu for New Year's Eve, where the Adam Sobel-fronted Michael Mina restaurant is whipping up an array of coastal-inspired dishes to end your year on a high note. (We're talking langoustine with persimmon, black walnut and pumpkin; and duck breast with Brussels sprouts, celery root, black truffles and black trumpet mushrooms.) Those not looking to indulge in a full menu can find à la carte options throughout the evening, from 5:30 to 11-ish (with last seating at 10:30).
What: Welcome 2018 in luxury with a decadent, seven-course meal from one of West Hollywood's most vibrant restaurants and nightlife hot spots. On NYE, this Australian-meets-Fijian spin on Asian cuisine includes Calvisus caviar with tapioca crisps, yuzu crème fraîche, chives; kanpachi sashimi with nuoc cham, pickled watermelon, kafir and Fresno chili; lobster in avocado sauce with shrimp "xo" sauce, Thai basil and lime; BBQ duck with warm pancakes, hoisin, scallion and cucumber; Australian Wagyu with kombu butter and lime, and more.
Want to keep the party going? Say farewell to 2017 with a gorgeous view at E.P. and L.P.'s rooftop masquarade party ($100 per person), complete with appetizers, DJ sets and even an open bar from 8-10pm.
What: Indoor-outdoor gem Estrella is offering a truly enticing NYE option: an all-you-can-eat, walk-around Italian market and open bar from 8 to 11:30pm, with a dessert station at 12:30........... sorry, we just got lost in thought thinking about its carving station featuring leg of lamb, rotisserie chicken and prosciutto, and an entire section devoted to pasta and risotto. Where were we? Oh right, the $235 VIP ticket ticket that also gains you access to its MA Lounge for a late-night champagne toast.
Price: $195 and $235
Reservations: Buy your tickets online here.
What: Hinoki & the Bird's two-seating option is a truly delicious NYE choose-your-own-adventure tale. If you pick the early seating (5-7:30pm, $75), receive four Vietnamese-inspired courses; if you pick the later seating 8-10:30pm, $105), receive five. Whichever you pick, expect items such as buckwheat soba with uni and trout roe; snapper sashimi with sudachi and barrel-aged soy; and American wagyu beef with roasted maitake mushrooms.
Price: $75 and $105
What: Looking for a celebration that's seafood-centric? Head to Laurel point for a three-course prix-fixe menu that includes lobster chowder, crab-crusted mahi, braised short ribs and more. Still not sold? What if we told you each ticket also includes a complementary oyster shooter and champagne toast? We'll see you there.
What: Who ever said you can have too much of a good thing? Patina's offering a range of dining options this New Year's Eve, including a $110 three-course meal, a $125 four-course menu and a $180 eight-course prix-fixe, all including dishes along the lines of Santa Barbara sea urchin, truffle risotto, foie gras, Snake River Farms Wagyu and more. There's also flexible timing: Choose between a 4:15 to 5pm seating, a 7pm seating, and lastly a 10pm seating, which offers an à la carte menu.
Price: $110-$180, à la carte pricing also available
What: Chef Neal Fraser knows how to close out the year with a bang, offering not only a dinner but an additional party. Redbird's four-course NYE menu is what dreams are made of: dishes such as risotto with North Sea shrimp, Meyer lemon and sea urchin espuma; oysters with caviar, kohlrabi kraut and sesame crema; sticky toffee pudding with candied kumquat, toffee sauce, vanilla bean ice cream; and beef tenderloin with celery root, marrow flan, escarole and a porcini gremolata. (Pinch us.) If you're in more of a party mood, opt for the second-floor soirée from 8pm to 1am for a DJ set, hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary champagne toast. Better yet, just do both.
Price: Dinner: $125, with optional wine pairings for an additional $75 or $95. Party: $55, inclusive of food and a champagne toast at midnight; additional drinks available for purchase.
Reserve: For dinner, call 213-788-1191 or book your seat online. For the party, purchase tickets on the web.
What: Chef Steve Samson's rustic and artful Arts District pasta haven is serving a four-course, prix-fixe, Bolognese-inspired meal, where meat and seafood dishes come fresh off a grill we suggest you oggle from the chef's table.
Price: $125, with $45 wine pairing option available
What: Ring in 2018 in an Old Hollywood setting that screams "Old West glamour." Find the restaurant's regular dinner service from 5 to 8pm, or make a reservation for the later seating—8pm, on—where you'll find live music and a prix fixe menu that'll place blinis with caviar; grilled elk tenderloin; seared foie gras; wild tuna; and black truffle soup on your white tablecloth.
What: Those looking for Steve Samson's cuisine without the trek Downtown should turn to longtime gem Sotto, where chef de cuisine Craig Towe is whipping up a four-course Italian meal that includes cacio e pepe arancini; mushroom risotto with chestnuts, brown butter, sage and Parmigiano Reggiano; and roasted halibut with sunchokes, roasted grapes, pine nuts and rosemary.
Price: $85, with $40 wine pairing option available
What: For those who like their world-class meals with a bit of color, Spago is your destination on New Year's Eve, when the storied restaurant will host its first ever masquerade ball—complete with one of the most tantalizing menus you'll find to close out 2017. Between 8 and 10pm—at $285 per person—feast on a three-course meal featuring sashimi; pan-roasted Jidori chicken with black truffles; and a slow-roasted rack of veal before the party starts. This seating includes party favors, a welcome champagne toast, a DJ set, and of course Spago's traditional 1am breakfast buffet. Wear your finest mask, because the winner of the best-mask contest takes home a bottle of vintage Dom Perignon.
For those simply looking to enjoy a meal, sans fanfare, reserve a spot in the earlier seating—5 to 6:30pm, at $135—for a three-course meal that includes charred-octopus ceviche, Dungeness crab salad, and risotto with Maine lobster.
Price: $135 or $285