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14 Delicious Ways to Ring in The New Year
Some number-themed fun for 2014.
Another year-end, another excuse to eat and drink gorgeously.
New Year’s Eve Party at The Bungalow
It’s black tie only at this Santa Monica beach house shindig. Tickets are $150 a person and include free-flowing cocktails, music spun by DJ Vanville, and twinkling string lights (pretty…). More information.
New Year’s Preview at n/naka
From the 28th through 31st, n/naka’s serving up a traditional Japanese New Year’s-inspired menu. Of course, early birds will miss out on the champagne and take-home midnight snacks courtesy of Sugarbloom Bakery on the 31st. But if a bit of pre-mature revelry means spendng NYE in our PJs watching Netflix, it’s a small price to pay. More information.
New Year’s Eve Dinner at Orsa & Winston
Cheers with sparkling sake and tomato-ume jam at Orsa & Winston. Winter buttermilk porridge, zucca soup with lobster, and coddled egg with house made foccacia are also on deck, the whole six course dinner for $85 a person, plus $75 for drink pairings. More information.
Spanish Masquerade at The Bazaar
Jose Andres’s “Spanish Masquerade” at The Bazaar will feature multiple dining areas, tray-passed tapas, wine, specialty cocktails, and midnight desserts. Pre-sale tickets are available for $150 before December 26th and $250 after. Toss in just $10,000 more for a private chef’s tasting dinner, including unlimited champagne and caviar for yourself and 30 others. More information.
Family-Style Dinner at Rustic Canyon
Wrangle up the friends and family for Rustic Canyon’s five-course family-style service including lavender almonds, chicken liver and truffle toast, and Nantucket Bay scallops with pumpkin, curry, and nasturtium. There’s also a secret seasonal cocktail and complimentary prosecco at midnight. Reserve your spot for $95 a person; $45 more with wine pairings. More information.
Masquerade, Monte Carlo, and Studio 54 Parties at CHAYA
Each of the three L.A. CHAYA locations is hosting a uniquely-themed New Year’s bash, inspired by opulent masquerades, swinging casinos, and world-class nightclubs. Find live music at all, along with fusion dishes like “origami” branzino, Wagyu sushi, and sukiyaki filet mignon. Times, dishes, and prices vary by location. More information.
Noir Holiday Gala at The Montage
The Montage Beverly Hills is throwing a 1940s noir-themed gala in its 5,000 square foot Marquesa Ballroom. $345 buys access to this gorgeous affair, which includes tray-passed appetizers like truffled gougères and crème fraise caviar, as well as live swing, an open bar, dinner, wine pairings, and a New Year’s champagne toast. More information.
New Year’s Eve Dinner at Valentino’s
Few things scream big and festive quite like Italian food. Send 2013 out right with a sumptuous feast of veal, Napa quail, lobster salad, and artisanal cheeses at Valentino’s. Dinner is $120 per guest, with wine pairings for an extra $60. More information.
Tokyo 2014 at Hinoki & The Bird
It’s a Tokyo New Year’s at Hinoki & The Bird. Inspired as usual by chef David Meyer’s travels, the restaurant will be filled with sake and street food tasting stations, as well as live entertainment on the patio. More information.
Cabaret, Dinner, and Dancing at Bar Marmont
Find cabaret and caviar at Bar Marmont at this New Year’s Eve party, which features a performance by New York singer Joey Arias and a multi-course prix-fixe menu by chef Carolynn Spence. Standing room tickets are $50 apiece, with dinner-and-show options for $400 per couple. A la carte and dinner-only options are also available. More information.
Venice of Thrones at Townhouse
Party like it’s the 1300s (or thereabouts) with a whole wild boar at the Game of Thrones-inspired party at Townhouse. Tickets are just $35 and include live music by Los Kinkos, Westeros-themed spirits and cocktails, and more than enough medieval-ness to go around. More information.
Gatsby, Bond, and Burlesque-Themed Dinners With Ricardo Zarate
Picking just one New Year’s party theme can be tough, so chef Ricardo Zarate went with three (one for each of his restaurants). This NYE, revelers can shimmy down Gatsby-style at Mo-Chica, slide up to the bar at the new 007 Lounge at Picca, or kick up their burlesque-dancing feet at Paiche. Each dinner features Zarate’s signature Peruvian cuisine, specialty-themed cocktails like the “Goldfinger” and “Lady Luck,” live music, and a complimentary champagne toast. More information (1, 2, 3).
“I Am Resolved” Cleanse Bowl at Cafe Gratitude
The ham has been conquered, the nog has been drunk, and now it’s time for damage control. Luckily, Cafe Gratitude’s new “I Am Resolved” bowl is here to help you tackle your newfound health kick. The bowl features black-eyed peas and collard greens, and is free for anyone who also buys a 1, 3, or 5-day “I Am Cleansed” cleanse program. Pick one up starting December 31 (quick, while you still believe you can do it). More information.
New Year’s Day Pajama Brunch at Stella Barra
So your body’s woken up in 2014, but it seems your hangover didn’t quite get the memo. Fret not, party-hardy Angelenos. For the second year in the row, Stella Barra is inviting everyone over for a New Year’s Day Pajama Brunch at both its Santa Monica and Hollywood locations. From 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., just lay your head down and sip on bottomless Bloody Marys and mimosas. Guests who show up in their PJs also get a gift certificate equivalent to the price of their meal. Prices vary by location. More information.