There are plenty of ways to celebrate the end of the year, and going out to dinner is certainly one of the best. Make a reservation while you can, put on your best party frocks and check out one of these options for your dining pleasure. Please also remember to drink responsibly and that AAA offers a free tow home if you can't drive.
Wind up Laurel Canyon and visit Pace for their four course holiday fete. Dishes you can pick potato and leek soup with smoked oysters; branzino en papillote; fresh pasta with chanterlle mushrooms and artichokes; or oven-roasted quail.The meal is $85 and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant. 2100 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 654-8583.
9. Bow & Truss:
Dine and dance at the Valley's of-the- moment hot spot. The Latin-themed menu includes choices such as bacon-wrapped lamb or blackened fish, among others. 11122 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood; (818) 985-8787.
Bestia will have an a la carte menu for early and late diners. They will serve up grilled octopus; steamed mussels; pasta stuffed with braised beef; pizzas and chestnut donuts, along with many other options from their Italian menu. 2121 E. 7th St. Los Angeles, CA 90021
7. Akasha will have their casually elegant farm-to-table dinner menu available along with several luck themed dishes for you to choose from. Whole roasted fish, Singapore Good Luck salad and more. They'll also have fortune tellers and palm readers to shine light on the wonderful things in store for the year to come. 9543 Culver Blvd., Culver City; (310) 845-1700.
6. Church & State :
Ring in the New Year like a Frenchman/woman with confetti and Champagne at one of the two seatings at Church & State. Early revelers will be treated to a $70 four-course meal and at the later seating, that goes up to $95 and six courses, including lobster and chestnut soup and duck a l'orange. 1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles; (213) 405-1434.
5. L&E Oyster Bar:
The restaurant usually does not take reservations, but they are required on NYE to ensure a seat. They will have their super-fresh, seafood-centric menu, with the addition of special oysters -- TBD -- and several sparkling wines. 637 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 660-2255.
What could be sexier than filling up on caviar and Champagne before kissing at midnight? Petrossian's 5-course, $125 menu will showcase their signature items with dishes like oysters and caviar with leek capellini. 321 N Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood; (310) 271-6300.
3. Little Door:
Little Door is throwing a wild Gatsby-themed party as only they can, replete with Charleston dancing, ragtime music and door prizes (door prizes!), for the $95 first and $165 second seatings. The food will be French. The party will be glamorous.8142 W. Third St., Los Angeles; (323) 951-1010.
This newish gastropub is offering a $90 meal of blackened Dungeness crab and other seafood along with their side dishes served à la russe. Bottomless beer and sparkling wine are included. Fortunately, the place is in a hotel. Check if rooms are still available if you plan on seriously indulging.7950 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 424-3055.
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Eva has two seatings as well, and after chef Mark Gold's recent stint at Noma we can't wait to see what comes out of the kitchen. The earlier $69, four-course menu includes Japanese kampachi, charred cucumber and "whipped" tofu; John Dory, peas and almond brown butter; or Wagyu beef, charred onion and sauce Bordelaise. The $99 later menu will be straight from Norway: pheasant with matsutake mushrooms; and dry aged prime beef, sour onion, meat jus and turnip. 7458 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 634-0700.
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