New Year, New Decade: The NYE Dinner-Party Round Up

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It’s not even Christmas Eve but if New Year’s plans give you a fraction of the headache it gives me, you could use this list. Whether you’re simply looking for some celebration bubbly with the guys or gals or for a full-on (or not so full-on) dinner, I’ve got plenty of options all over L.A. for you. There’s a little something for everyone, no matter your association.

Little Cave (Highland Park)

Did someone say free on New Year’s?! Because free will happen at Little Cave on the Eastside. Not only is there no cover charge, but drink specials will flow all night and free tacos will be given out from 9 PM through the countdown to 1 AM. Amazing! And that’s not even the last thing that’s free – you’ll get a glass of bubbly so you can toast fellow hipsters in between your swigs of PBR. Party favors will keep things festive.

9 PM – 1 AM

Free admission, free tacos, drink specials

Little Cave
5922 N. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Royal/T Cafe (Culver City)

The cosplay cafe in Culver City (say that 5 times fast) that has played host to LudoBites the past couple weeks and a Hello Kitty exhibition before that is hosting their own party to usher 2010 in – in the theme of “10,” of course. The $10 cover includes a midnight champagne toast, and all 2-for-1 drinks are $10. So grab a partner for those twofers and get on the dance floor because there will be a DJ spinning all night. Bonus: RSVP with 9 other crazies (for yes, a total of 10) and your partay gets a free bottle of champagne! Oh, groupies.

10 PM – 2 AM

$10 cover includes Champagne toast
$10 2-for-1 drinks

RSVP: RSVP [at] royal-t [dot] org with password “10”

8910 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232-2326


Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar (Santa Monica)

In honor of the new year and new decade, Pourtal is offering “Bottomless Bubbly for $20.10.” For just a Jackson, your glass will never run empty. Your cup, instead, shall runneth over with Marquis de Perlade Blanc de Blanc, Pierre Sparr Rose and Kir Royale. Or just one, if you prefer. What a steal. No RSVPs for this one, though, so get there early and max out the bottomless. A little more lipstick on your champagne flute never hurt anyone!

9 PM – 12 AM

$20.10 for bottomless bubbly

104 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401


8 oz. Burger Bar (Melrose)

The controversial burger bar on Melrose will be closed to the public and open for the purposes of their private New Year’s Eve party – offering passed hors d’oeuvres, a dessert buffet and Champagne toast at midnight, along with a DJ to keep the tunes flowing all night. Not bad for $35 in advance, though set aside some more dough for the drinks. Hopefully the finger bites will prove plentiful.

Call to make a reservation, as 8 Oz. will be closed to public

9 PM – 2 AM

$35 Presale, $45 At the door

8 oz.
7661 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046


Petrossian Boutique and Restaurant (Robertson)

Like quite a few of the other places in town celebrating New Year’s, Petrossian will be offering two prix fixe mneu options for early and late seating. Unlike the others, however, this promises feature extremely amazing food by Chef Ben Bailly. The second seating is more steep but also comes with more perks and celebration – including a traditional caviar presentation and Champagne and caviar toast at midnight. Caviar?! Say no more…

6 PM: Blinis
Caviar, trout roe, salmon roe
9 PM: Traditional Caviar presentation, 12 grams of domestic, sustainable Transmontanus Caviar with accoutrements

Hand Sliced Smoked Salmon
Toast points, dill crème fraîche

Foie Gras Terrine
Onion marmalade, brioche

Seared Scallops
Cauliflower purée, caviar beurre blanc

Prime Beef Filet Mignon
Semolina gnocchi, sauce Bordelaise

Vanilla Panna Cotta
Strawberry jam, pistachio

Peep my review of Petrossian industry night

6 PM – $95, 9 PM – $125

Petrossian Boutique and Restaurant
321 North Robertson Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90048


Nobu (West Hollywood)

If swank is your style, head over to Nobu for New Year’s Eve. They’re offering a “Special Omakase” menu that will run you a hefty $165 per person – but it should be worth it if ringing in 2010 in style is your priority. The midnight toast is included.

Nantucket scallops, Kuromame
Unagi harumaki with caviar, Karashi su miso
Uni and tai dry miso
Chu toro and heart of palm with jalapeno dressing
Grilled kamburi, persimmon ponzu
Slow cooked wagyu, kuri kinton, yuzu soy
Assorted sushi

Dessert: TBD

$165 prix fixe

903 North La Cienega Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Dakota Chop House, Roosevelt Hotel (Hollywood)

Dakota Chop House inside the Roosevelt will also offer two options. The early option has the perk IMHO, with the champagne flowing all dinner long. Either way, peek both menus below to see how the dishes whet your fancy:

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
3 course featured menu
Flowing champagne with dinner
Party favors
$75 per person

If you decide to spend midnight countdown with Dakota, they’ll provide the entertainment to ensure the new decade is celebrated the right way. You’ll also get to go home a little more satiated with an added course to your prix fixe.

9 PM – 1 AM
4 course featured menu
Glass of champagne
Live band & dancing
Party favors
$125 per person

For reservations email: jsorlie [at] thompsonhotels [dot] com

5:30 PM – $75, 9 PM – $125

Dakota Chop House
(Inside Hollywood Roosevelt)
7000 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Yamashiro (Hollywood Hills)

Go high atop Hollywood, where boyfriends ascend with girlfriends and descend with fiancées (lucky you), and enjoy a 4-course prix fixe meal with the best view a restaurant can afford their guests in Metro LA. A reservation between 5-8 PM will run you $79 per person or $99 after 8:30 PM. Party favors, DJ and dancing as well as a countdown toast are included in the 2nd round of reservations. Peep the menu for the dinner with the view:

First course (choose one for each course):
Roasted butternut squash soup
Asian five-spice creme fraiche, spicy pepitas
Heirloom roasted beet & goat cheese salad
pair vinaigrette, candied almonds
Two oysters on the half shell
blood orange salsa, grapefruit granite

Second course:
Dueling spicy crispy rice
spicy tuna, spicy hamachi, tobikko, micro greens
Satsuma Mandarin crab salad
butter lettuce, grain dijon dressing, parmesan crisp
Korean style braised short rib
truffle polenta, scallions

Main course:
Sushi entree
tuna, yellowtail, albacore, whitefish, salmon, shrimp, scallop, unagi, spicy tuna, avocado
Cracked pepper filet mignon
broccolini, twice-baked wasabi potato, cabernet reduction
(with Australian lobster tail – supplemental $22)
Grilled seafood
maine lobster, mahi mahi, shrimp, scallop, quinoa, portobello mushroom, lemongrass-tarragon cream sauce
Pan-roasted chicken breast
chinese long beans, fried brown rice, teriyaki sauce
Loch Duart miso salmon
asparagus, preserved lemon smashed potatoes, fried capers, miso cream sauce

Warm Chocolate souffle cake
White chocolate berry profiterole
Trio of sorbets

Marriage proposal not mandatory.

5 – 8 PM: $79
8:30 PM – 1 AM: $99

1999 N. Sycamore Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90068

Charlie’s Malibu (Malibu)

The well-known beachside restaurant and lounge is hosting a New Year’s Eve feast and party all night. It’s a 4-course prix fixe ($85) with an optional wine pairing (+$32). The menu will include items like:

White truffle pizza
Rock shrimp scampi
Bone-in short ribs, Pan-seared filet mignon or Broiled Australian lobster tail (main course)

After 10 p.m., the restaurant and upstairs lounge will open up for drinks and dancing with DJ Kyd Wicked from Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel spinning tunes all night. Champagne toast at midnight is complimentary.

6 – 10 PM

$85 4-course prix fixe, + $32 for wine pairing

$100 min food & drink to reserve a booth
A la carte dinner menu also available until 7:30 PM
Lounge menu available all night long

Discounts available for nearby Channel Road Inn for Charlie’s diners

Charlie’s Malibu
22821 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Malibu, CA 90265

Vertical Wine Bistro (Pasadena)

The newly revamped Vertical Wine Bistro is ready to show off its hot stuff this New Year’s. The regular dining menu by new Executive Chef Doug Weston will be available as with any other night for reservations at 6 PM. The latter, 8 PM seating will feature a prix fixe 5-course meal for $65 per person:

1st Course (choose one for each course):
Rib Eye Carpaccio with orange, French breakfast radish, shallot, baby field greens, Lea & Perrins vinaigrette
Crab Cake with cilantro puree, chanterelle, pickled fennel, old bay cream
Caprese Salad with tomato, Burrata, basil, truffle vinaigrette

2nd Course:
Asparagus Risotto with shaved parmesan, basil
Tomato Fennel Soup
Seared Hawaiian Ahi Tuna potato Beaujolais, carrot puree

Main Course:
Rib Eye with Brussels sprouts, fingerling hash, green peppercorn
Sonoma County Lamb Top Sirloin with Dijon, Israeli cous cous, black kale, aromatic demi-glace
Escolar with spinach pesto, black-eyed peas, fin herb velouté

Cheese Course includes Delices de Cremiers, Epoisses de Bourgogne, and Gamonedo

Dessert Course:
Classic Crème Brulee
Molten Chocolate Cake
Strawberries with Ganache and Chantilly Crème

To complete your meal, wine pairings are available for $65 per person or even $125 if only a deluxe wine pairing will suffice. Both are overseen by resident “Wine Dude” and acclaimed wine expert David Haskell. After dinner, a DJ will be on hand to ease in the tunes inside the restaurant’s bar and lounge area from 10 PM – 2 AM ($20 at the door; $35 to reserve a seat in the bar and lounge).

6 PM – Regular dining menu
8 PM – $65 prix fixe
$65 add’l for basic wine pairing or $125 for deluxe wine pairing

Vertical Wine Bistro
70 N Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103


Rivera (Downtown LA)

Rivera downtown has a few tricks up their sleeve for New Year’s. Their first prix fixe seating at $75 per person with reservation times between 6:30 and 7:30, features the below tasty menu. Two levels of wine pairings are available at an additional $50 or $75 as well.

Amuse: Chilled oysters, black caviar, lemon caviar
Soup: Maine lobster, corn, green + red chile
Appetizer: Foie gras, anejo gelee
Fish: Turbot, fava beans, artichoke, Thai basil
Fowl: Duck, cranberries, tarragon, Bordeaux
Dessert: Pears, blueberry crema, pomegranate

The second seating comes between 9 and 10 PM and will feature a 10-course menu for $110 per person – and an additional $50 or $75 for wine pairings:

Amuse: Chilled oysters, black caviar, lemon caviar
Soup: Maine lobster, corn, green + red chile
Appetizer: Foie gras, anejo gelee
Fish: Turbot, fava beans, artichoke, thai basil
Fowl: Duck, cranberries, tarragon, Bordeaux
Pre dessert: Champagne clouds
Dessert: Pears, blueberry crema, pomegranate
Petite four: Bonbons, tuiles, coconut espuma

The first 10 confirmed reservations for parties of 4 or more for either prix fixe option will receive a free bottle of Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne. Woah.

But that’s not it – Julian T. Cox, resident mixologist, will be hosting a bottomless cocktail party from 11 PM, through the countdown, and until 12:30 AM. It’s a flat $50 (in advance) for unlimited cocktails from Julian’s special cocktail list, which is spectacular indeed.

Dinner: 6:30 PM – $75, 9 PM – $110

Cocktail Party: $50 in adv to reserve your bar or lounge spot (11 PM – 12:30 AM)

1050 S. Flower St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015


So, what are you doing to ring in 2010? The pressure is on – ready, set, go!!

Edit: I’ve also chanced upon a few more New Year’s events since this post went live, so you can also check my live Twitter feed of “NYE” finds.