Procrastination seems to have become an integral component of New Year's Eve planning. But that's okay, as it is often best to avoid the headache that comes with one of the craziest nights of the year. With so many restaurants hawking overpriced menus, it's hard to find the real gems that make the stress of it all worth it. Here now, Eater offers suggestions for NYE events that could be worth the price of admission, presented from west to east.Read More
12 New Year’s Eve Spots in LA That Are Worth the Headache
Say farewell to 2017 at these LA restaurants and bars
Belle Vie Food & Wine
There’s no better time to experience the French concept of bistronomie, a blend of the French words bistro and gastronomie, than at Brentwood gem Belle Vie on New Year’s Eve. Chef Vincent Samarco will prepare a four-course menu featuring foie gras au torchon, braised short rib with gratin dauphinoise, and petit fours. Expect music and dancing to ensue.
Hatchet Hall is hawking “extra fancy” specials on top of its regular a la carte menu for NYE. After dinner, head back to the Old Man Bar for a champagne toast and celebration.
Hinoki & the Bird
Those looking for a unique take on New Year’s Eve dining will do well at Century City staple Hinoki & the Bird. The restaurant will offer “osechi,” or traditional Japanese New Year cuisine, including buckwheat soba with uni, snapper sashimi with sudachi, and American wagyu with maitake mushrooms.
Love & Salt
Taking it back to the Rat Pack glory days, chef Michael Fiorelli is whipping up a menu of Italian steakhouse classics, with everything from Sonora wheat cavatelli alla vodka to a 14-oz peppercorn-crusted Flannery beef ribeye with cognac cream. Wash it all down with Dean Martin’s signature martini with Ketel One, fino sherry, flamed orange peels.
Those looking to go all out for the New Year will be happy to know that Spago will host its first ever masquerade ball. Begin the evening with a three-course meal that comprises of an assortment of sashimi and sushi “hassun” style, pan roasted Jidori chicken with black truffles, and slow roasted rack of veal. Also included in the $285 price tag is a welcome champagne toast, access to a live DJ, and a 1 a.m. breakfast buffet.
One of the most celebrated restaurants down in the South Bay will celebrate the new year with a five-course prix fixe with a champagne toast. Menu highlights include razor clams with clam consomme and bacon espuma, black truffle cavatelli, and persimmon pudding cake.
Ricardo Zarate had a big 2017 with the debut of Rosaliné. The chef will round out the year with a three-course meal with menu items like quinotto, Chef Ricardo’s take on mushroom risotto with black truffles. Celebratory vibes will come thanks to live salsa music.
Whiskey aficionados should camp out at Tom Bergin’s second-floor speakeasy, Vestry, on New Year’s Eve, where WhistlePig Whiskeys’ master distiller will be on hand to host a $75 tasting that concludes with bottomless sparkling wine.
It’s safe to assume that the $95 prix fixe at Kali that includes sea urchin, yellowtail, foie gras, pork tortellini, dry aged ribeye, and bitter chocolate cremeux will be an appropriate way to ring in the new year. Don’t skip the reasonably priced $30 wine pairing.
The annual Champagne Supernova is making its return to Honeycut this year. And what a celebration it is, what with an open bar with sparkling wine and DJ-spun tunes all for an $80 general admission ticket.
Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken’s enduring Downtown classic Border Grill is celebrating the end of 2017 all day long, with both a $30 bottomless brunch with unlimited small plates, and an a la carte menu of festive dinner dishes such as lobster bisque, seeded lamb chops, Negra Modelo short ribs, and café de olla chocolate cake.
Long Beach’s restaurant row mainstay Restauration is hawking a four-course menu that will be served alongside a live band trio from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., then a DJ with champagne and sparklers from 9 to 12:30 p.m.