‘Let It Go 2016’ New Year’s Eve party
The bar and dining destination Westbound is located on the grounds of the historic Santa Fe Railway’s La Grande Station. On New Year’s Eve, Westbound is holding a “Frozen”-movie themed bounce house party. Tickets to the bounce house party-only are $20 and include party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Chef Taylor Persh will serve ribeye steaks, turkey and salt-crusted whole fish with sides and dessert. Guests are also encouraged to bring a quart-sized resealable bag filled with travel-size shampoo, shaving cream, soap, toothpaste, hair ties and deodorant for donation to People Assisting the Homeless. People who donate will receive one cup of punch. 300 S. Santa Fe Ave., (213)262-9291. eventbrite.com/e/westbounds-let-it-go-2016-tickets-30345932501.
New Year’s Masquerade
The Chapel at the Abbey is holding a masquerade party on New Year’s Eve with an all-inclusive Grey Goose Bar serving well drinks, house wine and beer from 9 p.m. to midnight. Enjoy appetizers, party favors and a champagne toast for $100 per person. The Abbey Food & Bar is also offering $20 tickets for expedited entry and New Year’s Eve party favors. 692 N. Robertson Blvd. (310)289-8410, theabbeyweho.com/abbey2017.
New Year’s Eve dinner at Kali
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with chef Kevin Meehan’s five-course tasting menu and beverage director Drew Langley’s curated wine pairings on Saturday, Dec. 31 from 6 to 11 p.m. The menu includes sea urchin with crispy polenta and kelp dust, and almond-aged ribeyes with smoked eggplant. Finish with an elegant bitter chocolate, champagne and citrus desserts. The dinner is $85; $105 with wine pairing. 5722 Melrose Ave., (323)871-4160.
Ocean Prime NYE
Toast the new year with a glass of champagne, steaks and seafood at Ocean Prime. The restaurant is serving Russian Golden Osetra caviar with traditional condiments. The 14-ounce New York steaks are served with seared foie gras and sautéed chanterelle mushrooms. Finish with butter cake with buttermilk glaze and vanilla bean ice cream. 9595 Wilshire Blvd., (310)859-4818.
Champagne at Marvin
Say goodbye to 2016 during dinner at the French bistro Marvin, which is offering $12 glasses of champagne. Guests can also purchase a bottle of champagne and kick off 2017 by learning to saber a bottle before midnight on Saturday, Dec. 31. 8114 Beverly Blvd., (323)655-5553.
Midnight in Paris at Baltaire
Ring in 2017 at a glamorous “Midnight in Paris”-themed New Year’s Eve dinner on Saturday, Dec. 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Two seatings are offered featuring an à la carte and four-course, prix-fixe French-inspired menu by executive chef Travis Strickland. Menu items include Burgundy escargot; 34-ounce dry-aged côte de boeuf and lobster Thermidor. Finish with a classic mille-feuille. The first seating is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and the second seating runs from 9 to 11 p.m. Dancing and live entertainment will be provided by the gypsy jazz band Django’s Caravan and a DJ spinning contemporary beats. Finish the evening with a champagne toast at midnight. 11647 San Vicente Blvd., (424)273-1660.
L.P.’s NYE L.A. Chalet Ski Party
Guests are invited to celebrate New Year’s Eve on the L.P. rooftop at the L.A. Chalet Ski Party. The 5,500-square foot space is transformed into a rustic après-ski lodge with birch trees, antler chandeliers, woolen throws and ski adornments found in a 1980s-themed Aspen ski lodge. Guests can ring in the new year with a selection of L.P. signature appetizers and an open bar from 8 to 11 p.m. 603 N. La Cienega Blvd., (310)855-9955.
RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen
Chef Mohan Ismail’s exclusive prix-fixe New Year’s Eve menu at RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen includes a choice of three shared appetizers, two entrées, two shared sides and two desserts with a complimentary champagne toast for $68 per person. The special menu is served during business hours from 11:30 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, Dec. 31. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., (310)552-9988.
DJ and photo booth at The Church Key
Choose from two New Year’s Eve dinner packages at Church Key on Saturday, Dec. 31. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A dim sum cart will be rolled to tables and guests can select popcorn, parfait-potato cake, spicy tuna, fish tacos, gyoza, bacon jam grilled cheese, falafel, empanadas and samosas for $45 per person. Starting at 8:30 p.m., two four-course packages are available to toast the new year. One package includes a four-course dinner and complimentary champagne for $75. Guests can also order menu items à la carte. The second package includes a four-course meal and unlimited premium bar for $155 per person. A DJ will provide music and guests can commemorate the night in a photo booth. 8730 Sunset Blvd., (424)249-3700.
Elegant New Year’s Eve dinner at Ivory on Sunset
Ivory on Sunset, the Mondrian LA’s chic indoor and outdoor dining concept, offers a five-course, prix-fixe New Year’s Eve festive feast. The menu includes California-themed dishes made with fresh ingredients, such as black truffle bruschetta and stuffed delicata squash, and grilled prawns with spaghetti squash. Main courses include grilled boar tenderloin, prime ribeye steaks and roasted sea bream with Mediterranean mussels, watermelon radish and shrimp ceviche. The dinner is $100 per person. 8440 Sunset Blvd., (323)848-6000.
Family-style NYE at Craft Los Angeles
Bring the family to Craft Los Angeles for the first seating of chef de cuisine Andrew Gavalla’s elegant prix-fixe dinner from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The first course is lobster ceviche and speck-wrapped quail. The main course includes short rib tortellini, diver scallops and pork loin. Finish with German chocolate tarts with pecan coconut caramel to share. Additional seatings are available at 9, 9:30 and 10 p.m., with the same menu, champagne and party favors. 10100 Constellation Blvd., (310)279-4180.
NYE prix-fixe dinner and jazz at Paley
Enjoy a festive four-course dinner for $65 at Paley, and add a wine pairing for an additional $35. The evening includes music by a five-piece jazz band performing until 11 p.m. A ball drop will be shown on the wall of the restaurant’s dining room. Dinner guests receive a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Bar guests can enjoy a special “Welcome to 2017” cocktail menu and a live DJ set until 2 a.m. 6115 Sunset Blvd., (323)544-9430.
Ring in 2017 at Le Petit Paris
Le Petit Paris is offering two New Year’s Eve seatings on Saturday, Dec. 31. Guests will enjoy a three-course, prix-fixe dinner with a complimentary peach kir royale at the first seating from 5 to 7 p.m. A complimentary glass of champagne is presented at the second seating from 8:30 p.m. to closing. Indulge in roasted New Zealand John Dory with carrot confit and artichokes a la barigoule; chicken breast stuffed with morel mushrooms and foie gras cream sauce; and Ferrero Rocher vacherin with chocolate hazelnut ice cream and meringue for dessert. On New Year’s Day, the restaurant is open for brunch at 11 a.m. Dinner service starts at 5 p.m. and includes music by DJ Yann Muller from southern France. 418 S. Spring St. (213)217-4445.
Celebrate 2017 at Faith & Flower
Faith & Flower is offering two prix-fixe dinner seatings on New Year’s Eve. The first seating begins at 5:30 p.m. with a five-course tasting menu for $95. At 9 p.m., the second seating features a six-course tasting menu for $125, with one supplementary dish and a champagne toast. Both menus include handmade garganelli pasta with dungeness crab, crème fraiche and smoked salmon roe; filet mignon roasted in puff pastry with sautéed hen of the wood mushrooms, Brussels sprouts and bone marrow jus; and bourbon chocolate mousse cake with banana cream, salted caramel and candied peanuts. On New Year’s morning, guests can order eggs Benedict pizza topped with smoked bacon, spinach and hollandaise sauce, and kimchee cornbread with roasted corn and smoked mozzarella fondue. 705 W. Ninth St., (213)239-0642.
Crossroads toast to 2017
Crossroads chef and owner Tal Ronnen, and executive chef Scot Jones, have created a specially-coursed Mediterranean menu on New Year’s Eve that begins with buckwheat blinis with smoked carrot lox filled with almond crème fraiche and topped with kelp caviar. The second course is Italian wedding soup or celery root soup, in addition to classic Caesar salad or frisee salad with a poached tomato béarnaise yolk and lardons. Additional courses include artichoke and oyster mushroom Rockefeller and a choice of sautéed stuffed hearts of palm calamari or baked stuffed shells. Seatings for the five-course dinner, which is $75, start at 6 p.m. A six-course late seating for $95 begins at 8:30 p.m. and includes a Champagne toast and celebration of the ball drop in Times Square. 8284 Melrose Ave., (323)782-9245.
‘Forgetta ‘bout’ 2016 at Love & Salt
Ring in 2017 with chef Michael Fiorelli at Love & Salt, who is offering Italian steakhouse classics and an à carte menu on Saturday, Dec. 31. Specials include garlic knots, whole-leaf Caesar salads, rigatoni alla vodka and Flannery Beef prime ribeye steaks and New York steaks. Accoutrements include mushroom marsala and caramelized onions. Dinner is served from 4:30 to 11 p.m. 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd., (310)545-5252.
Hike and have brunch on New Year’s Day
Head to Griffith Park on New Year’s Day for a hike and stop at Messhall Kitchen for a healthy brunch. Start with a cup of Stumptown coffee cold press or a juice combination. Dishes include brûlée grapefruit, trail mix and yogurt parfait, and classic eggs and fresh market vegetables. The following day on Monday, Jan. 2, football fans can eat scratch biscuits and turkey sausage gravy, and dulce de leche French toast smothered in rum cream before bowl games. Brunch and lunch are served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 4500 Los Feliz Blvd., (323)660-MESS.
New Year’s Day Brunch at Culina
Culina is offering its famous hangover brunch from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on New Year’s Day, featuring a breakfast station, carving station and seafood on ice. Revitalize with Culina’s wellness shots and freshly-squeezed juices, or celebrate with mimosas and cocktails. The brunch is complimentary for children under 4. 9201 Sunset Blvd. (310)860-4000.
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