10 Party-Perfect Restaurants to Ring in the New Year

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Where are you going to be when the ball drops—and, more importantly, what are you going to be eating? Time to start planning, party people. Here are a few dazzling New Years Eve restaurant picks:

Decisions, decision. At Santa Monica’s Aestus, you can order of the regular menu or go for the tasting menu. The five-course prix fixe, which runs for $65, includes options like sunchoke and chestnut soup, house-made pappardelle with pork sugo, pork chops, and scallops. If you’re fancy, there’s also a caviar and truffle supplements available at market price. Wine pairing and lots of champagne, too. Call 424- 268-4433 or reserve online.

Elf Cafe
Veg out this NYE at Elf Cafe in Echo Park. They’re going Greek for the occasion with a six-course dinner that includes a bottle of wine per couple and a champagne toast. Seatings from 6:30 and 7pm are $100 per person, 8:30 and 9pm are $120 per person. Email [email protected] to get in on it.

The Larchmont
Smoked rabbit and lobster bisque are both on Chef Michael Bryant’s NYE menu at The Larchmont. You’ll start with an amuse bouche of soft scrambled duck egg and end with either pot au crème with chocolate, butterscotch, and marshmallow or cardamom beignet. Don’t miss the drinks by barman Chris Kramer. You can reserve here, there are no set seating times.

Catch & Release
Baby, it’s cold outside, but at Catch & Release, they’re warming things up with luau. You can expect a whole suckling pig, tiki cocktails, and some live ukulele. There’s also a special menu for the night to go along with all that juicy pork. Call 310-893-6100, or reserve here.

Cliff’s Edge
Low key but kind of luxurious, Cliff’s Edge always does it up for NYE. This year, they’ve got a five-course menu brimming with oysters, Dungeness crab, and sweet potato gnocchi. With plenty of meatless options, this is a good pick for vegetarians, too.

Matthew Kenney’s Plant Food + Wine
If you want to get a jump start on your clean-eating resolution, Matthew Kenney has just the thing for you. The vegan-friendly restaurant is ringing it in with six courses, including wild mushroom lasagna, cava-poached Asian pear, and chocolate bon bons. The $55 price tag includes a champagne toast, and you can add on a cheese plate for $20. Reserve online or call 310-450-1009.

E.P. & L.P.
Sure to be lively, West Hollywood’s E.P. & L.P. is hosting a rooftop champagne party and five-course dinner. Executive chef Louis Tikaram has some exciting stuff in store: wagyu tartare, duck salad, Nama sea pearls, and scallop and mussel curry. Dinner is $75 with 7:00pm or 9:30pm seatings only, and if you want to go to that party as well (which is limited to 50 tickets), the cost $100 total. If you just want to go to the party, it’s $50. Live entertainment, DJs, and a champagne toast included. Call 310-855-9955 to reserve (pre-payment required), reserve rooftop tables by emailing [email protected].

Le Petit Paris
This Downtown newcomer is a real stunner and a great backdrop for a stylish NYE. They’ve got a three-course menu planned for night, with two seatings: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m $75, 8:30 – closing $135. The latter includes a dance party, but both include classic French dishes, like duck foie gras and filet mignon. There’s even a bûche de noêl for dessert! At 1:00 a.m., there serving French onion soup. To reserve a table, write [email protected] or call 213-217-4445.

If you want to keep it low key, try Momed in Atwater Village. The mostly outdoor Mediterranean spot will serve five courses, which were hoping includes a trio of their delicious dips. There are two seatings, one from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm for $65 and another from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm for $75. Reserve a table here.

Angel City Brewery
If you’d rather toast with beer than champagne, the party at Angel City Brewery is for you. They’ll have limited-edition beers on tap and live entertainment. Plus, food trucks Market Burgers, Kai Kai Dumplings, and Peaches’ Smokehouse & Southern Kitchen will be there to feed you. Goes from 4:00 pm – 1:00 am, no cover, no tickets.