It’s officially the end of a decade. And whether you’re choosing to celebrate or mourn this New Year’s Eve, several restaurants across the City of Angels are hosting what is sure to be a glorious night of nights replete with Champagne wishes and caviar dreams.
From an old-school steakhouse twist to an over-the-top Dom Pérignon package, here’s where to celebrate the end of 2019 in Los Angeles and wipe that slate clean.
“When a place has not merely hype, but also an elite vibe, painstaking service and excellent food, it is no surprise that chef José Andrés is behind it,” say MICHELIN inspectors of this wild ride inside the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. For the New Year, two seatings are offered, one from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. and the other from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Go bold and opt for the latter of the two—priced at $325 per person—where the theme is “Midnight Spanish Masquerade,” and features a welcome Champagne toast, 15 courses and a full dance floor complete with “killer DJ beats.” An endless Dom Pérignon package is also available for a cool $800 should you truly like to ring 2020 in style.
At David Chang’s popular eatery in Chinatown, chef Jude Parra-Sickels and team are serving up a family-style chef’s tasting menu for $175 per person. Guests can expect a raw bar of Beau Soleil oysters with smoked trout roe; sliced kanpachi with tomato bonji, bing, macaroni and chickpea; smoked prime rib with au jus and horseradish; a treasure trove of sides; and sweet potato-hozon pie with marshmallow meringue for dessert. Per inspectors of majordōmo: “Is it worth the hype? You know it.”
“In that eternal quest for that great neighborhood restaurant, Kismet fits the bill,” say inspectors of this gem. “Of course, that only works when your 'hood is Los Feliz and said restaurant sports a mélange of Middle Eastern influences.” On New Year’s Eve, chefs Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson are serving up a feast of chicken Kiev, blinis dressed with caviar, pierogies and bubbles to wash it all down, all for $90 per person.
Head to Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll Fraser’s modern American hot spot for a three-course dinner with optional wine pairing. Here, dishes include cappelletti with pumpkin, Brandy molasses and spiced currants; oysters with green apple, cucumber and wasabi leaf; wild boar with red kuri squash, black kale, honey mustard and thyme jus; beef tenderloin with celery root, black trumpets, spinach and truffled Bordelaise; and a creamsicle with vanilla bean custard, kumquat, cranberry and blood orange sorbet for dessert.
“The market-inspired menu is proudly crammed with the names of local farmers, reminding guests of the humble ingredients at the base of each sophisticated composition,” state MICHELIN inspectors of chef/owner Jeremy Fox’s haven in Santa Monica. Two offerings are available on New Year’s Eve: five dishes for $95 per head or seven dishes for $125 per person, all to be served family-style. (Think an old-school steakhouse vibe featuring oysters Rockefeller, pastrami-spiced prime rib, a radicchio wedge salad and chocolate mille-feuille.) An optional wine pairing is also available for $65 per person.