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Where to Celebrate NYE For Less than $75 in Los Angeles

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2008_10_hasmapsnye.jpgTrying to find a decent meal at an affordable price on New Year's Eve might be more difficult than nabbing a cab after the evening's done. Though there are plenty of ticketed events and high-priced prix fixe menus, many restaurants are offering sweeter deals, with their standard a la carte dishes or simpler tasting menus that don't hurdle $75. Presenting a handy guide to not-too-expensive New Year's Eve festivities and dinners around town.

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Salt Air

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This cheery Venice eatery is offering their regular menu, open reservations (instead of tickets), and a few New Year's Eve specials to up to the festivity. A full meal here wouldn't regularly top $75, so it's possible to try the special hackleback caviar dish for $24 or the scallop crudo with black truffle.

Crossroads Los Angeles

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The first seating at this plant-based restaurant on Melrose, which starts at 6 p.m., runs $75, and includes five courses, with a choice of soup (Italian wedding or cauliflower bisque), salad, pasta-type dish, and a main course before ending with an eggnog ice cream sundae or chocolate espresso mousse.

Wirtshaus

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This German restaurant on La Brea is offering their standard dinner menu starting at 5 p.m., along with a special wild salmon entree with broccoli-stuffed potatoes.

For $75, diners can enjoy a four-course dinner thought out by chef Richard Sandoval, along glass of champagne, and (no surprise) the tunes of a live DJ on site on the rooftop of Santa Monica Place.

The Tripel

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Top Cheftestant Brooke Williamson is making special three-course dinner for $55 at her diminutive but action-packed pub in Playa Del Rey. Champagne pairings are included.

Hungry Cat

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The Hollywood location of this seafood gem is serving a $75 prix-fixe including a choice of many dishes per course. Think butter poached oysters or black bass with sea urchin. And for dessert, chocolate fondue or pumpkin donuts.

Napa Valley Grille

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Hitting the sweet spot of $75 per person, this Westwood eatery will incorporate seasonal ingredients with the three course dinner, which includes lobster risotto with, chestnut agnolotti, or pancetta-wrapped venison chop. Pair the meal with a seasonal cocktail such as the poached apricot manhattan, which gets made with housemade vanilla-poached apricot jam.

From 6 p.m. to midnight, there's a full a la carte menu at this Manhattan Beach restaurant, like wood-grilled prawns with dates, slides with bacon jam, and steamed buns with crispy pork belly. Don't skip the Richard Pryor, a rum cocktail made with El Dorado 5 year and cherry-smoked cola. Each reservation includes entrance, party favors, and a champagne toast. Dancing and more goes until 2 a.m.

Petty Cash Taqueria

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The regular menu will be available all night long at Walter Manzke's casual taco restaurant on Beverly. Sip palomas, play shuffleboard, and down mezcal all night long for the perfect Mexican-style New Year's Eve.

Republique

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The regular a la carte menu will be in force at Walter and Margarita Manzke's new French eatery (a rarity for a place of this caliber). Try the butternut squash agnolotti with forest mushrooms or braised beef short rib with spinach and potato mousseline. Reservations can be made via OpenTable or calling the restaurant.

Mud Hen Tavern

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Susan Feniger's retooled pub on Highland has a pretty sweet deal for regulars and locals. The standard a la carte menu is available all night, along with a free champagne toast for each diner. Try the black truffle burger or hangover pizza with bacon and eggs to soak up the holiday booze.

The Pikey

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In addition to the regular menu, this gastropub will offer a few specials, such as veal shank for two ($50), and lobster roll ($16), as well as classic beef wellington for $32.

The Churchill

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Though one would have to dine a little earlier at this popular West Third hotel restaurant, The Churchill is offering a $45 prix fixe from 5-8 p.m., with courses like crab bisque, roasted porchetta, and chocolate pot de creme.

Bar Marmont

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Though Bar Marmont regular Constance will be performing through the night, a special a la carte menu will be offered as fare through the night. Tickets for the performance part need to be purchased in advance.

The Roof On Wilshire

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Eric Greenspan's casual eatery with a stunning view is offering a five course tasting menu for $75, incorporating such dishes as bacon-poached cod, braised short ribs, and a trio of chocolates for dessert.

Stefan's At LA Farm

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Along with a special holiday tasting menu of 6-courses for $60, the regular a la carte selection will be on deck at this Santa Monica eatery. A complimentary champagne toast awaits every diner.

City Tavern

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For lovers of craft beer, it's hard to imagine a better place to ring in the new year than at City Tavern, which offers dinner from 4:30 to 9:30, then has an all-you-can-drink party at 10 p.m. The all-you-can-drink special runs $58 for those getting dinner, or $68 for those without. The really loud music amps up at 11 p.m.

Mercado

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This Mexican eatery (as well as its sister restaurant on West Third) will have a special four-course menu from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., which includes a margarita of the high-end Casamingos tequila or a glass of cava.

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Salt Air

This cheery Venice eatery is offering their regular menu, open reservations (instead of tickets), and a few New Year's Eve specials to up to the festivity. A full meal here wouldn't regularly top $75, so it's possible to try the special hackleback caviar dish for $24 or the scallop crudo with black truffle.

Crossroads Los Angeles

The first seating at this plant-based restaurant on Melrose, which starts at 6 p.m., runs $75, and includes five courses, with a choice of soup (Italian wedding or cauliflower bisque), salad, pasta-type dish, and a main course before ending with an eggnog ice cream sundae or chocolate espresso mousse.

Wirtshaus

This German restaurant on La Brea is offering their standard dinner menu starting at 5 p.m., along with a special wild salmon entree with broccoli-stuffed potatoes.

Zengo

For $75, diners can enjoy a four-course dinner thought out by chef Richard Sandoval, along glass of champagne, and (no surprise) the tunes of a live DJ on site on the rooftop of Santa Monica Place.

The Tripel

Top Cheftestant Brooke Williamson is making special three-course dinner for $55 at her diminutive but action-packed pub in Playa Del Rey. Champagne pairings are included.

Hungry Cat

The Hollywood location of this seafood gem is serving a $75 prix-fixe including a choice of many dishes per course. Think butter poached oysters or black bass with sea urchin. And for dessert, chocolate fondue or pumpkin donuts.

Napa Valley Grille

Hitting the sweet spot of $75 per person, this Westwood eatery will incorporate seasonal ingredients with the three course dinner, which includes lobster risotto with, chestnut agnolotti, or pancetta-wrapped venison chop. Pair the meal with a seasonal cocktail such as the poached apricot manhattan, which gets made with housemade vanilla-poached apricot jam.

Circa

From 6 p.m. to midnight, there's a full a la carte menu at this Manhattan Beach restaurant, like wood-grilled prawns with dates, slides with bacon jam, and steamed buns with crispy pork belly. Don't skip the Richard Pryor, a rum cocktail made with El Dorado 5 year and cherry-smoked cola. Each reservation includes entrance, party favors, and a champagne toast. Dancing and more goes until 2 a.m.

Petty Cash Taqueria

The regular menu will be available all night long at Walter Manzke's casual taco restaurant on Beverly. Sip palomas, play shuffleboard, and down mezcal all night long for the perfect Mexican-style New Year's Eve.

Republique

The regular a la carte menu will be in force at Walter and Margarita Manzke's new French eatery (a rarity for a place of this caliber). Try the butternut squash agnolotti with forest mushrooms or braised beef short rib with spinach and potato mousseline. Reservations can be made via OpenTable or calling the restaurant.

Mud Hen Tavern

Susan Feniger's retooled pub on Highland has a pretty sweet deal for regulars and locals. The standard a la carte menu is available all night, along with a free champagne toast for each diner. Try the black truffle burger or hangover pizza with bacon and eggs to soak up the holiday booze.

The Pikey

In addition to the regular menu, this gastropub will offer a few specials, such as veal shank for two ($50), and lobster roll ($16), as well as classic beef wellington for $32.

The Churchill

Though one would have to dine a little earlier at this popular West Third hotel restaurant, The Churchill is offering a $45 prix fixe from 5-8 p.m., with courses like crab bisque, roasted porchetta, and chocolate pot de creme.

Bar Marmont

Though Bar Marmont regular Constance will be performing through the night, a special a la carte menu will be offered as fare through the night. Tickets for the performance part need to be purchased in advance.

The Roof On Wilshire

Eric Greenspan's casual eatery with a stunning view is offering a five course tasting menu for $75, incorporating such dishes as bacon-poached cod, braised short ribs, and a trio of chocolates for dessert.

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Stefan's At LA Farm

Along with a special holiday tasting menu of 6-courses for $60, the regular a la carte selection will be on deck at this Santa Monica eatery. A complimentary champagne toast awaits every diner.