NYE at A.O.C.
A.O.C. will be serving lunch on the last day of 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For the à la carte dinner menu, diners can sit at the communal table or bar without a reservation, until space allows, starting at 5:30 p.m. The special four-course New Year’s Eve menu features small plates and platters, including kampachi crudo and oven-roasted Manila clams. A DJ will spin tunes from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. The meal is $140 per guest, excluding beverages, taxes, gratuity and complimentary sparkling wine toast. Supplemental wine pairings selected by Caroline Styne are available for $50. All diners can expect perfectly mixed New Year’s Eve cocktails from head bartender Christiaan Röllich. 8700 W. Third St., West Hollywood, (310)859-9859.
NYE in downtown Los Angeles
For an elegant evening above the glistening city lights, take the elevator up to the 24th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles. From 5:30 to 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, chef de cuisine John Lechleidner at WP24 by Wolfgang Puck will serve a special three-course menu featuring dim sum for the table. Follow with Asian-inspired à la carte options such as hamachi tartare, pan-roasted wild bass and a Pink Lady apple tart. The menu is $85 per person. Splurge and enjoy the seven-course, pri-fixe menu for $175 per person. It includes day-boat scallops, char siu lamb chop, and New York sirloin. Reservations are encouraged. 900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, (213)743-8824.
Lucques’ Sicilian New Year’s Eve
Take a culinary journey to Sicily on Dec. 31. During this special “Godfather”-themed meal at Lucques, diners will enjoy a five-course menu with optional wine pairings, themed décor and costumed staff. Lucques offers two seatings, with the first beginning at 5:30 p.m. for $157 per person, and the second beginning at 8 p.m. and featuring a Champagne toast at midnight for $211. Tickets are nonrefundable but fully transferable. 8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, (323)655-6277.
Dance into 2019 at Hotel Casa del Mar
Say goodbye to 2018 with an early dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Hotel Casa del Mar’s Catch. The menu, at $110 per person, features oysters with caviar and smoked apple mignonette; prawn cocktail with brandy sauce; lobster frisée salad; and golden croquembouche. A later prix-fixe dinner, starting at 8:30 p.m., includes three premium drinks, party favors and a Champagne toast. Ring in the new year with musical entertainment by Vince Walker and Greylyn Paluszynski, DJ Harmony and others. At Hotel Casa del Mar’s Terrazza, celebrate from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., with a NYE ticket that includes three drinks, a balloon drop at midnight and a bubbly toast along with late-night bites for $195. 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, (310)581-5533.
Four-course NYE family feast
Rustic Canyon’s chef de cuisine Andy Doubrava and executive chef Jeremy Fox have prepared a multicourse, family-style tasting feast for New Year’s Eve. Along with fresh seasonal produce and yearlong pickling, preserving and fermentation projects, the menu showcases dry-aged strip loin, foie gras and black truffle terrine, and Robiola cheese and whole-leaf sauerkraut. The dinner, with seatings starting at 5:30 p.m, is $135 per person. Wine pairings are an additional $65 and nonalcoholic cocktail pairings are $30. For reservations, visit bit.ly/2UZCJQr. 1119 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (310)393-7050.
NYE at Circa 55
Ring in 2019 with dinner, dancing and Champagne at Circa 55. Guests can choose from two seatings, with the first round from 6 to 8 p.m. The second seating includes dinner and access to a NYE party from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. At both seatings, guests will enjoy decadent dishes such as lobster bisque, cheese and charcuterie boards, fresh oysters, mushroom and black truffle risotto, prime rib, and – to end the year on a sweet note – an extravagant dessert spread and Champagne toast. 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310)887-6055.
The Raymond 1886 welcomes 2019
Enjoy tray-passed appetizers and buffet stations at The Raymond 1886 to celebrate the new year. Entertainment will include Marquis & The Rhythm Howlers, DJ Spinboy and burlesque dancers from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. There will be party favors, a confetti canon and a countdown Champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $175 per person. 1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, (626)441-3136.
Katana NYE party
Partygoers can choose from Katana’s classic menu or the celebratory New Year’s menu with specials on select bottles of Champagne. After 10:30 p.m., dance into 2019 on Katana’s outdoor patio lounge overlooking the Sunset Strip with a live DJ. 8439 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, (323)650-8585.
NYE at Bacari West Third and Bacari GDL
For a casual NYE, Bacari will offer its happy hour menus all night at its neighborhood-focused wine bars. Stop in on New Year’s Day for a Mediterranean-inspired bottomless brunch – highlights include shakshuka, chai tea custard and smoked salmon pita. 8030 W. Third St., #3/4, Los Angeles, (323)452-9149. 757 Americana Way, Glendale, (818)696-1460.
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