Soulmate Spanish tapas
Soulmate is holding a memorable New Year’s Eve celebration with Spanish tapas, champagne, music and balloons. Executive Chef Rudy Lopez’s multi-course menu is $125 during the first seating at 5:30 p.m. The five-course dinner includes a choice of tapas such as chef’s salmon crudo, burrata crostini, steak tartare or croquettes. Enjoy a roasted pear tart for dessert. The dishes can be paired with Cava Rosé or Champagne Blanc bubbly. The second seating starts at 9 p.m. and is $275. It includes a five-course meal, a live DJ playing music throughout the night, a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Soulmate is offering a holiday gift card promotion through Dec. 31. For every $100 spent at the restaurant, Soulmate will gift a $20 bonus card to be used in 2023. Call for reservations. 631 N. Robertson Blvd., (310)734-7764.
Weekend dinner at Messhall
Messhall is offering a festive three-course chef’s tasting menu with optional wine pairing on Friday, Dec. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 31, from 5-10 p.m. Menu highlights include lobster croquettes, smoked prime rib with cauliflower gratin and Tiki shortcake made with biscuits, cream cheese frosting and pineapple chutney. The dinner is $123 per person with an additional $23 for optional wine pairing. Reserve online or call Messhall to make reservations. 4500 Los Feliz Blvd., (323)660-6377.
Skybar at Mondrian Los Angeles hosts New Year’s Eve
Dress to impress while celebrating New Year’s Eve with a four-hour premium open bar starting at 8 p.m. Guests can dance to sounds by DJ Eric Sharp, admire original art installations and enjoy views of the Los Angeles skyline. A midnight champagne toast will be held and guests will receive party favors. Tickets start at $155. The celebration is for guests 21 and older. For tables and tickets, visit sbe.com/skybar-new-years-eve-2023. 8440 Sunset Blvd., (323)848-6030.
Toast the new year at The Den
In addition to its regular menu, The Den is offering dinner specials including pigs in a blanket and New York strip steak, and several desserts, from 3-10:15 p.m. After dinner, the party continues with hats and noise makers, complimentary bubbly at midnight, a photo booth and music from DJ Space. Tickets start at $65, and packages for private booths start at $700. 8226 Sunset Blvd., (323)656-0336.
Ring in the new year at Otoño
Located in Highland Park, Otoño is offering an exclusive tapas menu and dinner specials. Start with a featured frozen martini made with black truffle washed Sipsmith gin and a caviar bump, or a glass of wine from the curated wine list. Dinner is served from 5:30-11 p.m., and the bar will stay open until 1 a.m. 5715 N. Figueroa St., (323)474-6624.
Water Grill New Year’s Eve
Kick off New Year’s Eve with a celebratory four-course, pre-fixe menu for $135 per person at Water Grill. Choose from crispy calamari, clam chowder with applewood smoked bacon, and wild Chilean sea bass with butternut squash gnocchi and sage brown butter. Finish with a chocolate espresso ganache cake with pistachios and Luxardo cherry sorbet. A curated wine pairing with each course can be added for an additional $50. 544 S. Grand Ave., (213)891-0900; 1401 Ocean Ave., (310)394-5669
New Year’s Eve at KA’TEEN
Celebrate the new year at chef Wes Avila’s Yucatan-inspired restaurant in Hollywood’s Vinyl District. KA’TEEN is offering lobster tacos with caviar, bone marrow mole negro with fried shallots and tortillas, and a 32-ounce tomahawk steak served with roasted garlic fingerling potatoes and tortillas. Sip a Jungle Margarita, a festive take on a prickly pear margarita, and an All That Glitters made with gin and Aperol topped with sparkling rosé. KA’TEEN’s a la carte menu features ceviche, tacos and fresh fruit cocktails. Reservations available via Resy. 6561 Selma Ave., (323)410-6360.
Sushi Roku Omakase NYE menu
Ring in the New Year at Sushi Roku with complimentary party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. The Pasadena location offers a special NYE Omakase menu for two for $195, as well as drink specials. The regular dining menu is available at the restaurant’s Pasadena and Santa Monica locations. For reservations, visit idgnye.com. 33 Miller Alley, Pasadena, (626)683-3000; 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, (310)458-4771.
New menu at Workshop Kitchen & Bar
At Workshop Kitchen & Bar, Chef Michael Beckman is offering a $150 prix fixe menu starting with a welcoming drink, The Long Hello. Courses include oysters, chips and caviar, roasted honeynut squash, oxtail cannelloni, diver scallops and wagyu tenderloin steak frites. Watch a golden martini or Elysian coffee prepared tableside on a festive martini cart. Reservations are available on Resy for seatings at 5:30 and 10:30 p.m. The 10:30 p.m. seating includes a midnight countdown. 127 S. La Brea Ave. (323)413-2255.
BOA Steakhouse prix fixe NYE
Ring in the new year in style at BOA West Hollywood and BOA Santa Monica with a prix fixe menu, live music, DJs, complimentary party favors and champagne toast at midnight. The first seating from 5-7 p.m. is $125 per person. The second seating from 7:30 p.m. to closing is $215 per person. For reservations, visit idgnye.com. 9200 Sunset Blvd., (310)278-2050; 101 Santa Monica Blvd., (310)899-4466.
Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
A special dinner will be served on Dec. 31, from 5 to 11 p.m., crafted by Executive Chef Mitch Austin. Starters include diver scallops with roasted corn emulsion and seasonal squash agnolotti with sage and sourdough crumbs. Two secondi specials include seared sea bass with roasted sunchoke and chanterelle mushrooms, and braised short ribs with soft taleggio cheese polenta. For dessert, the chocolate peanut firecracker includes dark chocolate flourless cake with peanut praline crémeux and peanut mousse. For a lighter dessert, enjoy strawberries with champagne granita. Nearby, the Lounge is offering a Roaring ‘20s-themed party after 9 p.m., and the $70 entry fee will be waived for those dining at Culina. The party includes a complimentary toast plus dancing and live jazz. Guests can reserve a private table with bottles of Dom Pérignon, Cristal and Veuve Clicquot available for purchase. Menu specials include albacore tuna, spicy tuna handrolls, crispy fried Jidori chicken, Kumiai oysters and Petrossian caviar. Stay overnight and return on New Year’s Day for brunch at Culina starting at 10 a.m. Elevated brunch fare will be served such as omelets made to order, Belgian waffles, traditional eggs Benedict, ricotta cheese blintzes, honey fried Jidori chicken oysters, seafood bouillabaisse, beef stir-fry, tempura cauliflower, Jidori boneless fried chicken and prosciutto mac and cheese. A chef’s selection of fresh pizzas, and a Mexican station with quesadillas, menudo and mini breakfast burritos, will also be available. A carving station will offer bone-in ribeye steak, skirt steak, beer can chicken and beef ribs. Salads, seafood and sushi, cheeses, fresh fruit, agua frescas and wellness shots are included. Enjoy dessert options such as fresh doughnuts and crepes, and an assorted of hazelnut tarts, caramel banana bread puddings, strawberry parfaits, chocolate mousse cakes and peanut butter brownies. Call the hotel for reservations. 300 Doheny Drive, (310)273-2222.
Cassia annual New Year’s Eve dinner
The Southeast Asian brasserie is serving a multi-course dinner with organic chickpea curry, whole grilled sea bass, Vietnamese-Cajun crawfish spring rolls, wok-tossed black pepper udon and braised lamb shank ragu. The New Year’s Eve family-style dinner is $95 per person. A limited a la carte menu is also available at the bar for walk-in guests. Specialty cocktails include Here’s To Next Year with vodka, lemon, lychee and prosecco, and Parisian-themed wine flights featuring three pours ranging from the affordable Montparnasse to the fancy Champs Élysées. Cassia is sharing a photo booth with Esters, across the hall, from 7-10 p.m. Reservations are available on Resy, with the last seating at 10:30 p.m. 1314 Seventh St., (310)393-6699.
NYE at Esters Wine Shop and Bar
Open on New Year’s Eve until 1 a.m., Esters encourages guests to don fancy attire and celebrate the new year with handmade pasta with truffles and Tsar Nicoulai caviar with blinis and all the accoutrements, paired with Fourny Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature Champagne by the glass. Reservations are encouraged via Resy, and walk-ins are welcome. 1314 Seventh St., (310)899-6900.
Encanto dance the night away
Los Feliz’s contemporary-Mexican restaurant Encanto offers party goers a dance party with decorations and a DJ from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. The classic menu offers whole branzino butterflied and de-boned, and rubbed in toasted chili-citrus flavors, thyme and mole verde. The sherry-marinated skirt steak is dry-aged for 45 days and prepared medium rare before being served with smashed and fried fingerling potatoes and salsa macha. Sides include Rancho Gordo frijoles made with burnt black garlic puree and fermented Fresno chile sauce, and Mexican street corn drizzled with balsamic and served with a manchego dip. Stay from 10 p.m.- 2 a.m. and dance to music by a DJ. Guests will receive a glass of complimentary champagne at midnight. Reservations are available on Resy, or call the restaurant. 2121 Hillhurst Ave., (323)741-1040.
Bar Moruno Sunday roast
On New Year’s Day and on Jan. 8, Bar Moruno is serving a rotisserie duck with duck sauce dinner including duck fat fried potatoes, pickled cabbage and duck bread. The regular menu is also offered on Sunday from 5-10 p.m. 3705 Sunset Blvd., (323)546-0505.
Fanny’s NYE dinner and party
On Dec. 31, Fanny’s offers an Old Hollywood-themed party with a five-course tasting menu and live DJ. Choose from a seafood platter, bao bun course with duck breast, Snake River American ragu or John Dory entree. Tickets can be purchased on OpenTable and include tax, gratuity and a complimentary glass of bubbly. Join the fun on the patio for champagne, small bites and dancing. 6067 Wilshire Blvd., (323)930-3080.
El Cholo celebrates 100 years
Starting on Jan. 1, anyone 100 years old or older will eat for free at El Cholo throughout the year. Also starting on Jan. 1, El Cholo will serve a special $100 margarita in a hand-blown, collectible glass. Diners can also select A Taste of History served on a commemorative plate that is available for purchase. Returning classic dishes include Spanish omelets, enchiladas with fried egg, tostada compuesta, sopa de fideo and chicken mole enchiladas. 1121 S. Western Ave., (323)734-2773.
Little Dom’s New Year’s Day menu
A sweet and savory breakfast menu will be served at Little Dom’s on New Year’s Day from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The menu includes rice grits, calabrese fried eggs, French toast soufflé, and black-eyed peas and grilled Andouille sausage with braised greens. Enjoy with a selection of mimosas, spritzers and brunch-inspired cocktails. 2128 Hillhurst Ave., (323)661-0055.
Connie & Ted’s signature lobster pot pie
Ring in the New Year with Connie & Ted’s signature lobster pot pie, available for dine-in or take out. The dish is meant to be shared. A buttery pie crust is filled with Maine lobster, delicata squash, English peas, mushrooms and pearl onions, and baked. The meal is $48. Other dine-in specialties include black truffle pasta, oysters with caviar supplement, big Eye tuna tartare, Nancy’s scallops with parsnip, and caviar and champagne beurre blanc. 8171 Santa Monica Blvd., (323)848-2722.
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