Yamashiro New Year’s Eve
Yamashiro will celebrate its 100th year in 2014 as an architectural icon overlooking Hollywood. Executive Chef Brock Kleweno will execute a special four-course New Year’s Eve prix fixe menu. Reservations are available for two seatings in 15 minute increments starting at 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the $80 per person dinner. The later seating begins at 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. and includes a glass of champagne to toast at midnight for $100 per person. Yamashiro’s signature Mai Tai infused with dark rum, passion fruit puree, orange juice, pineapple juice is $12. The cocktail will be available during the evening and throughout 2014. All night festivities will include DJ Silence and L.A. Pix photo booth in the Skyview Room, with party favors distributed at midnight. 1999 N. Sycamore Ave. (323)466-5115.
Wood and Vine
Enjoy a three course early NYE meal at 6:30 p.m. for $65 that includes beef tenderloin or blue fin tuna to accompany your entrée of black sea bass, pheasant or lamb loin. Finish with a Frangelico crème brulée or warm banana tart. Second seating begins at 8:30 p.m. for a five-course dinner with champagne for $85. 6280 Hollywood Blvd. (323)334-3360.
CHAYA Downtown Monte Carlo NYE
CHAYA downtown is transformed into a luxury and elegant “Monte Carlo,” with a roulette table, live performance by The Jimmy C Martini Lounge Trio, and prizes all night. Open seating is available. Guests will have their choice between a delectable 4-course prix-fixe tasting menu for $85 per person, or select classics from the a la carte menu, capped with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. A special $25 “Bar Royale” platter will also be available to those celebrating in the bar and lounge. 525 S. Flower St. (213)236-9577.
The Whisper Restaurant and Lounge
Celebrate a NYE at The Grove with a three-course elegant dinner prepared by Executive Chef Anthony Jacquet. His three-course menu is $70 and includes complimentary valet right in front of the restaurant, as well as a champagne toast when the ball drops. An amuse bouche offered is a smoked trout with chickpea blini with Tahini. There are four first course choices, such as Kobe beef croquette and Hamachi crudo. The second course is either a filet of beef, Moroccan spiced rack of lamb or vegetarian risotto. Finish with a salted dark chocolate brownie with peppermint ice cream or apple cider fritters. 189 The Grove Dr., (323)931-0202.
Flemings Festive New Year’s Menu
Flemings L.A. Live is offering a special three-course menu to ring in 2014 with an exquisite filet mignon paired with an 8-oz lobster tail. Guests are invited to ring in the New Year at Fleming’s for $69.95 per person. Excludes tax and gratuity. 800 West Olympic Blvd. (213)745-9911.
Executive Chef Jeremy Fox, and owners Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan, invite guests to ring in the New Year at their Santa Monica neighborhood restaurant, Rustic Canyon, with a five-course, prix fixe menu served family style. Highlights include lavender almonds; chicken liver and truffle toast; and Nantucket Bay scallops with pumpkin, curry, and nasturtium. The menu is available for $95 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity and reservations are recommended. All guests will enjoy a complimentary Prosecco toast at midnight. Holiday hours are 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. 1119 Wilshire Blvd. (310)393-7050.
Ring in the New Year with a Kiss
Al Bacio in West Hollywood offers a four-course dinner for $95. Chef Christian Simionato sets the stage for the countdown to 2014 with a complimentary glass of Prosecco. Main courses include your choice of king salmon or Wagyu beef. Desserts include Italian mascarpone cheesecake with an orange compote and cocoa sorbet or chocolate mousse with white truffle foam and raspberry granatine. 8741 Sunset Blvd. (310)657-1182.
Beverly Hills Centennial Year
On December 31, Montage Beverly Hills is returning to the sultry glamour of the 1940s as the elegant Marquesa Ballroom is transformed for this year’s New Year’s Eve gala. Enjoy live music, dance to the era’s big band sounds and indulge in hors d’oeuvres including truffle cheese puffs and caviar-roasted potatoes. Beginning at 8 p.m., guests may enjoy an open bar with a five-course dinner with wine pairings being served at 9 p.m. Classic dishes from the 1940s will be served: Lobster Thermidor Prince de Monaco, Filet Oscar and the most sumptuous banana split. There is a champagne toast at midnight. Special room packages are also available for the New Year’s Eve celebration. 225 N. Canon Dr. (855)830-2355.
Petty Cash Taqueria NYE
Ring in the New Year with $2.13 tacos and shots throughout the night on December 31. There will be piñatas, drink specials, music and dancing. 7360 Beverly Blvd. (323)933-5300.
On December 31, there will be two exclusive prix-fixe menus to commemorate the arrival of the New Year. The first seating is at 6 p.m. offering a five-course dinner for $75 per person. The second seating will be at 8:30 p.m. for a six –course dinner at $125 per person. This includes champagne and party favors. Crossroads will toast the flavors of winter augmented with wine pairings and bespoke cocktails in the refined dining room and bar. 8284 Melrose Ave. (323)782-9245.
CHAYA Venice Rings in NYE
On December 31, CHAYA Venice is turning into one of the world’s most famous nightclubs, Studio 54. Special guest, DJ Jun will spin all night. The first seating is 5 to 7:30 p.m. and features a three-course prix-fixe menu for $75 per person. Enjoy a platter of oysters, shrimp, Wagyu Nigiri sushi and Fruits De Mer ceviche; Next delight in a ‘Surf n’ Turf’ plate with grilled Angus filet mignon with black truffle sauce with half a Maine lobster Thermidor. Finish with a warm chocolate tart with salted caramel ice cream, and a white chocolate covered strawberry. The second seating is from 9 to 10 p.m. and guests will have their choice of an exclusive 4-course prix-fixe chef tastings menu for $130 per person or order from the “Tour de Sushi” omakase menu available at the sushi bar. The restaurant will also serve “54 Snack” bar items that include special small bites, martinis and hand-crafted cocktails. It’s all capped off with a complimentary champagne toast to 2014 at midnight. Reservation is required. 110 Navy St. (310)396-1179.
NYE is one of the most popular and festive nights of the year as customers enjoy a special holiday menu that includes traditional Mexican bites. Casa Vega will serve filet mignon tacos, enchiladas Suiza, fideo, and pomegranate margaritas. 13301 Ventura Blvd. (818)788-4868.
Wirtshaus’ New Year’s Day Brunch
Celebrate a German NYE at 5 p.m. with 35 different German beers, plus a special dish of Atlantic wild salmon with broccoli-stuffed potatoes. Come back the next morning at 11 a.m. on January 1, 2014 to enjoy a special hangover-blasting brunch. Special dishes include a beef barley soup, beef Goulash and pickled herring. New Year’s Day brunch guests will get one free glass of sparkling wine. 345 N. La Brea Ave. (323)931-9291.
On Tuesday, December 31, CHAYA Brasserie Beverly Hills is having a “Mascarade de la Pavan” celebration featuring live music from “The JSH Quartet,” and a tasting menu from Executive Corporate Chef Shigefumi Tachibe. The first seating is at 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The second seating at 8:30 to 10:00 p.m. offers guests a savory four-course prix-fixe tasting menu for $130 per person. There will be an exclusive “Bar Pavan” bar menu featuring Pavan cocktails, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. 8741 Alden Dr. (310)859-8833.
BOA Steakhouse Santa Monica
Open seating on NYE includes a champagne toast at midnight, along with its regular menu and festive party favors. 101 Santa Monica Blvd. (310)899-4466.
Enjoy a hyper-seasonal dining destination New Year’s Eve with Executive Chef CJ Jacobson’s five-course prix-fixe menu for $100 a person at 7 to 9 p.m. or $150 per person with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and party favors from 9 to 11 p.m. Dishes will be handpicked by Jacobson at the local farmers market and prepared for an exclusive tasting menu. Finish with a wild sweet clover ice cream over warm chocolate cake. 11334 Moorpark St., Studio City (818)924-2323.
Napa Valley Grille
On New Year’s Eve, Chef Boudreaux will serve a rustic three-course NYE dinner for $75 featuring a pancetta wrapped venison chop, lobster risotto or handmade chestnut agnolotti. Finish with a pear tarte tatin. The following morning, come celebrate 2014 with a value-driven, small plate brunch, featuring rustic dishes and bottomless mimosas. Some of the plates include cream cheese pancakes and a Mediterranean Benedict with polenta cake, prosciutto, poached egg and Hollandaise. The brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1100 Glendon Ave. (310)824-3322.
Mr. Chow in Malibu
Drive to the beach this NYE for some Beijing-style salt and pepper oyster mushrooms or golden nugget water dumplings. The second course offers a choice of fresh live lobster served with Mr. Chow noodles, braised sea bass, fresh pineapple mignon, velvet chicken or spicy pork with chili. The first seating starts at 6 p.m. and is $80 per guest. The second seating begins at 9 p.m. and is $120 per person. 3835 Cross Creek Road #18A, (310)456-7600.
The early seating on NYE is a set menu from chef Gino Angelini for $75 per person. The second seating includes a live band, festive décor and party favors throughout the evening for $125 per guest. 9201 Sunset Blvd. (310)278-2060.
Chef Tyson Wong is preparing Chinese specialties for two seatings. The first dinner is $75 per guest and the second seating is $125. Guests will enjoy live music, celebratory party favors and toasting to 2014. 9201 Sunset Blvd. (310)278-2068.
Walk down a red carpet to Delphine Eatery + Bar, Station Hollywood, The Living Room, and The Great Room. Each venue will play host to the W Hollywood’s annual New Year’s Eve bash. Four distinct, musically themed spaces are offered for dancing the night away to special guest DJs. 6250 Hollywood Blvd. (323)798-1300. Buy tickets at www.whollywoodnye.com
BOA Steakhouse Sunset
Come to either the early seating or the grand seating, featuring a special prix fixe menu and champagne toast. 9200 W. Sunset Blvd. (310)278-2050.
Katana Robata and Sushi Bar
There are two dinners on NYE at this hot spot on Sunset. The 6 p.m., dinner ends at 8:45 p.m., offering a prix fixe menu for $125 per person and a limited a la carte menu. The second seating features a five-course menu for $125, as well as the limited a la carte menu, accompanied by a midnight champagne toast and festive party favors. Katana will also welcome guests at the bar, with a cover of $25 after 9 p.m., or free for anyone coming from other IDG restaurants. The restaurant will offer a DJ, signature cocktails, and dancing. 8439 West Sunset Blvd. (323)650-8585.
Sushi Roku Hollywood
Say goodbye to 2013 with the regular menu or a special five-course Omakase menu for $80 per person, accompanied by a midnight champagne toast and festive party favors, in addition to the regular menu. 8445 W. 3rd St. (323)655-6767.
No Reservations Needed
Milo & Olive celebrates the new year in laidback style with wood-fired dishes, off-the-menu specials and a sparkling wine toast. Guests sit at one of its communal tables. Executive Chef Erin Eastland will debut spiced carrot soup, roasted pear and Kale salad, pizzas, and fresh-shucked oysters served raw or baked in the wood-fired oven with creamed leeks. Midnight revelers may also enjoy a complimentary glass of prosecco. The restaurant will be open from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. on New year’s Eve. On New Year’s Day, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., start 2014 with Eastland’s creamy polenta and poached eggs with braised bacon bits and baby greens or cinnamon brioche French toast with pure maple syrup and market berries. 2723 Wilshire Blvd. (310)453-6776.
Come to the annual holiday gala to enjoy a three-course, four-course or seven course menu. Some of the highlights include oyster in Gelee with Santa Barbara sea urchin; rabbit Ballotine and a venison loin. The early setting starts at 4:30 to 5 p.m. for a three or four course meal. The evening gala is from 7:30 to 8 p.m. or come to the late evening gala from 10:30 to 11 p.m. 141 S. Grand Ave., (213)972-3331.
El Cid’s 50th New Year’s Eve
Watch live world class Flamenco dance featuring Angelita Concierto with Gypsy Rhythms while enjoying a gourmet meal by Chef Oh. Early Seating is at 5:30 p.m., for a pre-fixe dinner with a dessert buffet on the patio and Flamenco show for $75 per person. At 8:30 p.m., there will be another seating and show. After the second Flamenco performance, the New Year will be ushered in with Hot Club of Los Angeles, performing gypsy jazz music. It’s a 1930s speakeasy jazz with tickets $35 at the door. Doors open at 10:30 p.m. The entrance fee includes one Speakeasy cocktail or glass of Sangria. There will be a champagne toast at midnight and dessert buffet on the patio. 4212 W. Sunset Blvd. (323)668-0318.
A ten-course New Year’s Eve tasting menus features WP24’s signature roasted Peking duck with traditional garnishes; crispy skin red snapper filet with Szechuan shellfish stew; grilled Colorado lamb chop with cilantro vinaigrette and Hunan eggplant. Finish with an espresso praline crunch with dark chocolate, whipped espresso, and coffee ice cream. The New Year’s Eve tasting menu is $190 per person and excludes beverages, tax, and gratuity. 900 W. Olympic Blvd. (213)743-8824.
Allumett’s Retro Redux
Inspired from the 1960s era of continental cuisine, Chef Miles Thompson is preparing a six-course menu with dishes that include oyster Radonsky, blue prawn cocktail, rabbit loin Oscar and Devil’s Food cake with beverage pairings by Serena Herrick. Seatings are at 6 to 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 to 9 p.m. at $90 per person plus $50 for beverage pairings. 1320 Echo Park Ave. (213)935-8787.
Tres by José Andrés
Celebrate the first meal of 2014 with friends and family over brunch at the sophisticated and secluded restaurant located in the lobby of the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. New Year’s Day brunch will be offered from 12 to 5 p.m. for $52 per person, in addition to the regular menus. 465 S. La Cienega Blvd. (310)246-5555.
On New Year’s Eve enjoy an early seating between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. for a four-course prix fixe that includes an amuse at $150 per person. The second seating offers five-courses with an amuse and live music and dancing for $275 per person. Chef Josiah Citrin’s menus include dishes like Maine lobster, truffle risotto, Chatham Bay cod and a variety of desserts. Corkage is $50 per bottle with a two bottle maximum. 1104 Wilshire Blvd., (310)395-0881.
Dog Haus Biergarten
The party begins at 8 p.m. while revelers enjoy a live DJ and drink the “Champagne of Beers” (Miller High Life) all day for $2.50 each, while eating gourmet hot dogs. Toast with champagne at midnight, while attendees watch the ball drop on flat screen televisions. 93 E. Green St., Pasadena, (626)683-0808.
Fishing with Dynamite
David LeFevre is preparing a celebratory menu to be served before Manhattan Beach lights their fireworks display to ring in the new year. Enjoy British Columbia honey mussels or grilled spiny lobster tails. The talented chef is also preparing a Maine lobster dumpling pie and filet of beef tenderloin with a Bordelaise sauce. 1148 Manhattan Ave. (310)893-6229.
New Year’s Eve at Tapenade
This warm and sophisticated neighborhood restaurant is the perfect setting for a festive yet relaxed celebration. Chef-owner Ressul Rassallat welcomes guests with two menus created specifically for each seating. The first seating is $75 per person at 5:30 p.m. and the second seating is $95 per person at 9 p.m. 11301 W Olympic Blvd #116, (310)312-6233.
Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
Ring in the New Year in the beautiful setting of Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air. Celebratory menus created by Master Chef Wolfgang Puck and Executive Chef Hugo Bolanos, include dishes such as roasted Italian chestnut soup, Nantucket Bay scallops carpaccio, Wagyu sirloin steak and a dark chocolate soufflé tartlet. The first seating in one of the most beautiful settings for NYE is between 5:40 to 6:30 p.m. for a four course pre-fixe menu at $185 per person. The second seating begins at 9 p.m. and includes an extra course, champagne toast and party favors for $275. 701 Stone Canyon Rd. (310)909-1644.
The Bazaar by José Andrés
Come to a Spanish Masquerade from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on December 31. Bring your mask and join revelers at The Bazaar by José Andrés. Guests will enjoy the property’s multiple dining areas and tray-passed tapas from 8 to 11 p.m. Sip on cava, wine, or choose your favorite specialty drink cocktail at various stations scattered throughout the restaurants. Cap the night off with desserts in the Patisserie from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and dance the night away with music by the house DJ. Tickets start at $250. Tickets may be purchased online: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-years-eve-2014-spanish-masquerade-tickets-9504192295. 465 S. La Cienega Blvd. (310)246-5555.
Start a pre-New Years celebratory meal on Saturday, December 28 through Monday, December 30 with a 11 course prix-fixe menu at $185 per person. There is an optional $85 extra for wine pairing. On New Year’s Eve Chef Niki Nakayama will offer 11 courses with a complimentary toast and special midnight snack to take home. 3455 S. Overland Ave. (310)836-6252.
Hinoki & the Bird
On its first New Year’s Eve, Hinoki & the Bird will be overtaken by the colorful, bustling spirit of the city of Tokyo as chef/owner David Myers draws inspiration from his travels to Asia. In addition to the à la carte menu, there will be tastings of sake and Tokyo street food at dedicated stations throughout the restaurant, specials on bubbles and raw bar selections, along with live entertainment on the patio. 10 Century Dr. (310)552-1200.
New Year’s Day Pajama Brunch
Stella Barra opens at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 1, 2014. After a night of partying, roll out of bed and head straight to Stella Barra in either Hollywood or Santa Monica to sip on $5 Bloody Marys and Mimosas. All guests dining in their pajamas will receive a gift certificate equal to the price of their New Year’s Day meal, minus tax and gratuity. 2000 Main St. (310)396-9250 and 6372 W. Sunset Blvd. (323)301-4001,
On New Year’s Eve, Karen and Quinn Hatfield invite guests from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., to enjoy a four-course prix fixe dinner at $98 per person. The restaurant will be closed on New Year’s Day. 6703 Melrose Ave. (323)935-2977.
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