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10 New Years Eve Spots in LA That Are Worth the Headache

Say farewell to 2015 at these tasty restaurants and bars.

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| Elizabeth Daniels

If you're like most of us, you probably haven't made your New Year's Eve plans yet. 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 in alphabetical order:

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1. Baltaire

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11647 San Vicente Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049

For those who want to ball out there’s Brentwood’s Baltaire. The ritzy steakhouse will throw a Roaring 20’s party with two seatings that feature a five-course prix-fixe that include dishes like 22 oz. bone in ribeye and lobster mac and cheese. The first seating is $175 per person from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and second seating is $250 per person from 9-9:45 p.m., which includes a welcome glass of Champagne, party favors, and the table for the remainder of the night. Expect a live band, DJ, and martini and caviar carts.

2. Golden Road Brewing

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5410 W San Fernando Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(213) 373-4677
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For a more casual and affordable New Year’s celebration, Golden Road Brewing will offer a $50 four-course that comes with a pour of their brandy-aged Gingerbread Stout. Revelers will enjoy live music and a complimentary toast at midnight.

3. Gracias Madre

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8905 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 978-2170
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For vegan NYE celebrations, there’s Gracias Madre. The West Hollywood hot spot will serve a $65 four-course mushroom tasting menu that includes mushroom cocktail pairing made with Amantillado sherry infused with shiitake and truffle bitters from the talented Jason Eisner.

4. Leona

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123 Washington Blvd
Venice, CA 90292
(310) 822-5379
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Eater LA’s own chef of the year Nyesha Arrington will offer an intimate 60-person event at her Venice restaurant LEONA. The evening will include a six-course tasting menu with wine parings, champagne celebrations, and party favors for $250.

5. Love & Salt

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317 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 545-5252
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Those in the South Bay can indulge in decadent NYE specials at Love & Salt, including sea urchin toast, lobster pizza, and Wagyu cheeseburger with foie gras. What’s more? Chef Fiorelli will offer a late night special from 10 p.m. to midnight that offers his sought-after "Downlow" burger or pizza with a glass of beer or wine for $20.

6. Nick & Stef's Steakhouse

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330 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 680-0330
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Freshly remodeled Nick + Stef’s will put on a grand NYE menu that includes dishes like lobster bisque with cognac, butter poached lobster tail and filet mignon, and Champagne mousseline. The 3-course menu is offered for $85.

7. Pour Vous

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5574 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 871-8699
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For a très chic way to imbibe on NYE Parisian-themed lounge Pour Vous will host an $80 event with burlesque shows and a DJ. Where else can you sip French cocktails in a vintage train car?

8. Rose Cafe & Market

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220 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 399-0711
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Venice’s 36-year-old institution is celebrating its glorious revitalization with a NYE event with a DJ, plenty of hors d'oeuvres, raw bar, pizza stations, and champagne toast. The $75 admission comes with two drink tickets.

9. Terrine

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8265 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 746-5130
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Chef Kris Morningstar’s Terrine will offer two seatings with two separate menus, the first, a $75 four-course from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and the second, a $115 six-course from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Think options like Wagyu short ribs and roasted foie gras with pink lady apples, topped off with a champagne toast.

10. The Arthur J

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(310) 878-9620

Manhattan Beach locals scored a huge win when David LeFevre’s newest restaurant The Arthur J opened up right next to the pier. Well the steakhouse is offering a $95 five-course tasting menu with dishes that include roasted duck breast with savory foie gras bread pudding and huckleberry compote for those who want to indulge beachside this NYE.

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1. Baltaire

11647 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

For those who want to ball out there’s Brentwood’s Baltaire. The ritzy steakhouse will throw a Roaring 20’s party with two seatings that feature a five-course prix-fixe that include dishes like 22 oz. bone in ribeye and lobster mac and cheese. The first seating is $175 per person from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and second seating is $250 per person from 9-9:45 p.m., which includes a welcome glass of Champagne, party favors, and the table for the remainder of the night. Expect a live band, DJ, and martini and caviar carts.

11647 San Vicente Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049

2. Golden Road Brewing

5410 W San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

For a more casual and affordable New Year’s celebration, Golden Road Brewing will offer a $50 four-course that comes with a pour of their brandy-aged Gingerbread Stout. Revelers will enjoy live music and a complimentary toast at midnight.

5410 W San Fernando Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

3. Gracias Madre

8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

For vegan NYE celebrations, there’s Gracias Madre. The West Hollywood hot spot will serve a $65 four-course mushroom tasting menu that includes mushroom cocktail pairing made with Amantillado sherry infused with shiitake and truffle bitters from the talented Jason Eisner.

8905 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069

4. Leona

123 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292

Eater LA’s own chef of the year Nyesha Arrington will offer an intimate 60-person event at her Venice restaurant LEONA. The evening will include a six-course tasting menu with wine parings, champagne celebrations, and party favors for $250.

123 Washington Blvd
Venice, CA 90292

5. Love & Salt

317 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Those in the South Bay can indulge in decadent NYE specials at Love & Salt, including sea urchin toast, lobster pizza, and Wagyu cheeseburger with foie gras. What’s more? Chef Fiorelli will offer a late night special from 10 p.m. to midnight that offers his sought-after "Downlow" burger or pizza with a glass of beer or wine for $20.

317 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

6. Nick & Stef's Steakhouse

330 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Freshly remodeled Nick + Stef’s will put on a grand NYE menu that includes dishes like lobster bisque with cognac, butter poached lobster tail and filet mignon, and Champagne mousseline. The 3-course menu is offered for $85.

330 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

7. Pour Vous

5574 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

For a très chic way to imbibe on NYE Parisian-themed lounge Pour Vous will host an $80 event with burlesque shows and a DJ. Where else can you sip French cocktails in a vintage train car?

5574 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

8. Rose Cafe & Market

220 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Venice’s 36-year-old institution is celebrating its glorious revitalization with a NYE event with a DJ, plenty of hors d'oeuvres, raw bar, pizza stations, and champagne toast. The $75 admission comes with two drink tickets.

220 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291

9. Terrine

8265 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Chef Kris Morningstar’s Terrine will offer two seatings with two separate menus, the first, a $75 four-course from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and the second, a $115 six-course from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Think options like Wagyu short ribs and roasted foie gras with pink lady apples, topped off with a champagne toast.

8265 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

10. The Arthur J

Manhattan Beach, CA

Manhattan Beach locals scored a huge win when David LeFevre’s newest restaurant The Arthur J opened up right next to the pier. Well the steakhouse is offering a $95 five-course tasting menu with dishes that include roasted duck breast with savory foie gras bread pudding and huckleberry compote for those who want to indulge beachside this NYE.

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