Season’s Greetings at Connie and Ted’s
Dine at Connie and Ted’s for a festive prix-fixe Christmas Eve feast for $80 per person. Guests can start with lobster bisque, followed by a choice of smoked ribeye or cioppino, and finish with a traditional bread pudding with bourbon sauce. Chef Sam Baxter and pastry chef Daphane DeLone are also offering festive to-go offerings to enjoy at home. Specials include fresh and wild Mexican white shrimp cocktail, smoked fish dip with crackers and a whole apple pie with cinnamon streusel topping. They also offer whole bourbon pecan pies, chocolate cookie dough, Parker House rolls and whoopee pies filled with chocolate mint or sweet potato spice. Spice your meal up with an Apartment 7A cocktail to-go kit. It consists of a small bottle of Four Roses bourbon, a bottle of rosemary agave, black walnut bitters, two lemons and printed recipe instructions. The kit serves two and costs $30. All to-go orders are available via Tock with a 48-hour pre-order requirement. Pick up is not available on Mondays or Tuesdays. 8171 Santa Monica Blvd., (323)848-CRAB.
Christmas at BOA Steakhouse
Holiday cheer is at BOA Steakhouse Manhattan Beach for friends and family to host holiday dinner parties. Indulge with BOA’s perfectly cooked steaks, 40-day dry-aged New York strip or A5 Japanese wagyu. Sides include creamy mac n’ cheese and truffled mashed potatoes. Give the gift of IDG. For every $100 spent, you will receive a $20 complimentary card to use on your next dining experience at any IDG venue. 3110 N. Sepulveda Blvd., (310)683-4080.
Holiday Specials at The Belvedere
This season order a culinary gift prepared by The Peninsula Beverly Hills. They are preparing a signature cured and smoked Faroe Island salmon box that includes house-made bagel chips and a salad made with apple, cucumber and horseradish sour cream. It serves four people and is available through Jan. 2 and is priced at $85. Allow 24-hour notice. Call the hotel directly or order online at Tock. Counting down to Christmas, hotel guests will be serenaded by carolers with Christmas classic songs. On Christmas Eve, The Belvedere features a special dinner for $175 a person and $75 for children. Menu highlights include winter truffle risotto, seared scallop, Alaskan halibut filet and a caramelized white chocolate petit gateau. Reservations can be made starting at 5 p.m. On Christmas Day, The Belvedere will host a festive Christmas Day meal from 11a.m. to 7 p.m. Menu highlights include lobster bisque, ahi tuna flatbread, prime strip steak and a Winter Wonderland pavlova. This special meal is $185 per person and $75 for children. On Christmas morning, guests and their children are invited to gather in the Verandah foyer to receive gifts, along with hot chocolate and breakfast pastries from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., (310)551-2888.
Christmas menu at Jamaica Bay Inn
Watch decorated boats light up the marina while enjoying a special Christmas menu featuring roasted butternut bisque, prime rib and a chocolate ganache yule log. This holiday menu is $70 per person and is available from noon to 10 p.m. On New Year’s Eve enjoy a fireworks show in Marina del Rey at 9 p.m. The hotel’s patio is the ideal spot to watch and celebrate with a champagne toast. Reservations are from 4 to 10 p.m. 4175 Admiralty Way, (310)823-5333.
Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles
Celebrate Christmas Eve with festive menus expertly crafted by executive chef Mitch Austin and the hotel’s culinary team. Christmas Eve dinner at Culina begins with an antipasti of roasted beef bone marrow with caramelized onions, salsa verde and grilled sourdough. Pastas include primi of cavatelli with fennel sausage and wild mushroom ragu, pecorino cheese and black winter truffle. Secondi selections include roasted Colorado lamb chop or a pan roasted John Dory. Finish with a sweet chestnut mousse with smoked chocolate ganache. The next day, Christmas brunch at Culina is a culinary extravaganza for $159 for adults and $75 for children 12 and under. There are carving stations, made to order omelets, traditional and smoked salmon eggs Benedict. Sushi and seafood options include Alaskan king crab legs, steamed mussels and fresh shucked oysters. The hotel is also offering Christmas in Chinatown starting at 1 p.m. with Peking duck carved to order, crispy spring rolls and veggie fried rice. Save room for a pretty bûche de Noël, fresh made doughnuts, Christmas cookies and gelato. 300 S. Doheny Drive, (310)860-4000.
Christmas Eve & Day at FIG
Christmas Eve dinner at FIG Restaurant begins at 5 p.m., with a festive Christmas Eve feast at Fairmont Miramar’s farm-to-table restaurant, FIG. Helmed by new executive chef Damon Gordon, seasonal dishes include roasted Chilean sea bass and a Prime Rib carving station with all the trimmings. Celebrate Christmas Day with brunch that also includes a Prime Rib carving station and a specialty Bloody Mary and rosé wine station. There will be a display of pastries and desserts, and a surprise visit from Santa Claus on Christmas Day from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are available via Resy. 101 Wilshire Blvd., (310)319-3111.
Mama Shelter LA holiday specials
A new menu by executive chef Jonathan Kim debuts in the main restaurant at Mama Shelter. A special Christmas menu is available for dinner on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The holiday prix-fixe dinner menu includes cranberry bean ragu pork belly and a candied walnut chicory salad. Entrée options are honey nut squash risotto with wild mushroom and prime rib with garlic mash potatoes. Finish with bouche de noel, an apple cobbler with bourbon maple ice cream or an eggnog panna cotta. On New Year’s Eve the prix-fixe dinner includes winter black truffles and wine pairings. Start with a mille-feuille potato with caviar, lobster thermidor or petit filet mignon, and finish with a chocolate mousse. Starting at 9 p.m., Mama’s Disco Ball New Year’s Eve party begins with DJs, live magic, tarot readings, burlesque dancers, a photo booth, a drag show, special prize giveaways, champagne towers and a midnight Prosecco toast. The open bar is from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., and food will be served from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. Start New Year’s Day with brunch featuring burrata brioche toast and chicken pozole. Mama’s famous chocolate chip cookies will be available, as well as profiteroles and homemade ice cream sandwiches. Service is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Purchase tickets for the NYE party at Eventbrite. eventbrite .com/e/mama-shelters-disco-ball-nye-party-tickets-471566206217. 6500 Selma Ave., (323)785-6669.
Tail o’ the Pup
For the nostalgic Angeleno, give the gift of a Tail o’ the Pup mug by 1933 Group. The barrel shaped hand-painted mug commemorates the reopening of L.A.’s beloved hot dog stand last summer. The mug is in a souvenir box, and the first 500 mugs come with an exclusive Adopt-A-Pup Club membership certificate. 8512 Santa Monica Blvd., (424)527-0131.
Christmas Eve at A.O.C.
Both A.O.C. locations will be open for lunch and dinner on Christmas Eve with their traditional a la carte menu. Brunch will be served on New Year’s Eve from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Enjoy a multi-course menu of small plates and platters created by Suzanne Goin, using the best seasonal produce from California farmers and designed for sharing. Start with American caviar with buckwheat blinis; endive with Little Gem salad; beet tartare with avocado or Dungeness crab fritters. There is also a New Year’s Vintner’s Plate with cheese, meats, pickles and purees. Heartier fare includes Spanish fried chicken, Diver scallops with fennel-endive salad, over roasted Manila clams or squid ink gnocchi with prawns. Choose from grilled bluenose bass or sea bream, lamb chops, veal cheeks or a hanger steak. For dessert finish with a three-cheese plate or salted caramel panna cotta or creme fraiche cheesecake with blood orange curd. Chocolates and confections finish the meal. The $155 price per guest includes a complimentary sparkling bubbly toast and party favors. Wine pairings selected by Caroline Styne are offered for a $50 supplemental charge to complement the menu. For those dining spontaneously, guests can choose items from the à la carte menu at the communal table or bar without a reservation, as space allows. The restaurants are closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Reservations for New Year’s Eve are offered from 5:30 p.m. and can be booked online at aocwinebar.com. aocwinebar.com. 8700 W. 3rd Street, (310)859-9859 and 11648 San Vicente Blvd., (310)806-6464.
NYE at Mastro’s Ocean Club DTLA
Listen to live music or sit outside on the terrace for views of the DTLA skyline at Mastro’s Ocean Club DTLA. Order a custom seafood tower displaying fresh oysters, shrimp cocktail, lobster, crab legs and Dungeness crab. Select Wagyu and A5 Kobe steaks and chops, with sides such as lobster mashed potatoes, creamed spinach and creamed corn. Finish with Mastro’s special Bananas Foster Butter Cake. Reservations start at 5 p.m. and go until midnight, and the restaurant reopens on New Year’s Day from 4 to 9 p.m. 1200 S. Figueroa St., (213)204-6842.
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