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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Salt Air

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1616 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 396-9333

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.

2. Crossroads Los Angeles

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8284 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 782-9245
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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.

3. Wirtshaus

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345 N LA Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 931-9291

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.

4. Zengo

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395 Santa Monica Pl
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 899-1000
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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.

5. The Tripel

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333 Culver Blvd
Playa del Rey, CA 90293
(310) 821-0333

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.

6. Hungry Cat

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1555 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 462-2155
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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.

7. Napa Valley Grille

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1100 Glendon Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 824-3322
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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.

8. Circa

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903 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 374-4422
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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.

9. Petty Cash Taqueria

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7360 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-5300

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.

10. Republique

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624 South La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 361-6115
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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.

11. Mud Hen Tavern

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742 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 203-0500
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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.

12. The Pikey

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7617 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 850-5400
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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.

13. The Churchill

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8384 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 650-8384
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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.

14. Bar Marmont

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8171 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 650-0575
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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.

15. The Roof On Wilshire

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6317 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 852-6002
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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.

16. Stefan's At LA Farm

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3000 Olympic Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 449-4000
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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.

17. City Tavern

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9739 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 838-9739
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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.

18. Mercado

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1416 4th St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 526-7121
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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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1. Salt Air

1616 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291

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.

1616 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291

2. Crossroads Los Angeles

8284 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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.

8284 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

3. Wirtshaus

345 N LA Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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.

345 N LA Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

4. Zengo

395 Santa Monica Pl, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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.

395 Santa Monica Pl
Santa Monica, CA 90401

5. The Tripel

333 Culver Blvd, Playa del Rey, CA 90293

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.

333 Culver Blvd
Playa del Rey, CA 90293

6. Hungry Cat

1555 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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.

1555 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90028

7. Napa Valley Grille

1100 Glendon Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

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.

1100 Glendon Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024

8. Circa

903 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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.

903 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

9. Petty Cash Taqueria

7360 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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.

7360 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

10. Republique

624 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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.

624 South La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

11. Mud Hen Tavern

742 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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.

742 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

12. The Pikey

7617 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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.

7617 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046

13. The Churchill

8384 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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.

8384 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

14. Bar Marmont

8171 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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.

8171 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046

15. The Roof On Wilshire

6317 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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.

6317 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

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16. Stefan's At LA Farm

3000 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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.

3000 Olympic Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404

17. City Tavern

9739 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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.

9739 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

18. Mercado

1416 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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.

1416 4th St
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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