Food Drink Report

Countdown at these L.A. spots on New Year’s Eve

Round-up time, baby!

You could celebrate at a house party again, or you could celebrate at one of these places around L.A. Here is a round up of places to go for New Year’s Eve.

SkyBar

SkyBar in the Mondrian Hotel will be serving up James Bond-inspired martinis alongside live music and casino tables at their Shaken Not Stirred New Year’s Eve Party from 8 PM to 2 AM. Tickets and reservations available here. 8440 Sunset Boulevard. West Hollywood, CA 90069


Mr. C’s

Celebrate with class at the Mr. C’s C for Cipriani New Year’s Eve Party. The five course dinner includes a welcome bellini and several dishes such as lobster salad, roasted veal chop with morrel sauce, halibut cartoccio, ricotta gnocchi with black truffle and desserts with coffee and tea.

Dress to impress for the midnight wine and champagne toast. $120 for dinner only, $195 for the open bar option. First seating at 7 PM, second at 9 PM. Call 917.860.6337, email fetienne@mrchotels.com, or book online through PayPal via the holidays event link. 1224 Beverwil Drive. Los Angeles, CA 90035


Asia de Cuba

Asia de Cuba with a two seating, fusion dinner including Cuban Oxtail Tamale, Chili Crispy Onion Albacore and Sake & Sweet Miso Marinated Filet of Salmon & Butterfish. The Calamari Salad, Mojito Sorbet and a Rum Glazed Pineapple with Coconut Tapioca accompany every meal. $80 each for first serving, $100 for second. 8440 Sunset Boulevard. West Hollywood, CA 90069. 323-848-6000.


Rush Street

Double whammy from Rush Street in Culver City with an event on New Years Eve and recovery brunch served the next day. NYE starts with dinner specials from 5:30 PM – 10 PM. Bottle services start at 8 PM upstairs with a live DJ from 8 until whenever. $150 for tables of 2, $400 for 4-8 groups; reservations required.

Hangover Brunch features their signature Red Eye burger with Applewood smoked bacon, sharp cheddar, caramelized onions, arugula, fried egg and hollandaise sauce. Plus all the Bloody Marys and mimosas you not want. Available from 10 AM – 3:30 PM. 9546 Washington Blvd. Culver City, 90232. 310-837-9546.


Chaya Restaurants

Three different themed-events at Chaya restaurants.

CHAYA Brasserie Beverly Hills has a “Midnight in Paris” themed meal from Executive Chef Harutaka Kishi who draws on his Parisian and Japanese roots for 2 prix fixe dinners. First seating is from 6 – 7 PM for $75 for a four Course prix-fixe menu. Second seating from 9 – 9:30 PM includes a five Course prix-fixe menu with Canape upon arrival.

Highlights include Bonsai Box including Hamache Mole, Wasabi Guacamole and Ponzu Lobster Tortellini, Truffle Butter and Maitake Mushroom, Foie Gras Terrine, Sourdough Toast and Pear Chutney, Seared Diver Scallop, Black Angus Beef Duo and Molten Chocolate Cake. Live music and performance from Sora Nova. A welcome glass of champagne included for the midnight toast. 8741 Alden Drive. Los Angeles, CA 90048. 310-859-8833.

Executive Chef Atsushi Kenjo of CHAYA Downtown heads the “New York Nights” celebration with a four course prix-fixe menu for $85 with seatings all night from 5 – 11 PM. Menu highlights include a Bonsai Box with Big Eye Tuna Temari Sushi, Kumamota Oyster and Sea Urchin Shooter, Moroccan Spiced Maple Leaf Duck Salad, Wagyu Beef Tartar, Wild White Sea Bass Ballotine, Grilled Angus Beef Rib Eye and Red Wine Braised Kobe Short Rib, and Chocolate Pave. Or go with the sushi bar only Omakase Sushi Lover’s menu for $85 per person.

The regular menu will also be available. A welcome glass of champagne included for the midnight toast. 525 S. Flower St. Los Angeles, CA 90017. 213-236-9577.

“Mardi Gras Carnival” at CHAYA Venice with live music and an appearance by the Gumbo Brothers. First seating from 5 – 7 PM features a three-course prix-fixe menu for $75. Second seating from 9 – 9:30 PM with a four-course prix-fixe menu and champagne toast at midnight for $135. Eats include Seared Kobe Beef and Fried Oyster Roll, Cajun Spiced Jumbo Shrimp, Crab Gumbo, Lobster Jambalaya, Grilled Angus Fillet Mignon, Half Maine Lobster Tails, Bourbon Braised Short Ribs, and Bread Pudding Dulche de Leche. Sushi bar also available. 110 Navy St. Venice, CA 90291. 310-396-1179.


Tony’s Darts Away

Tony’s Darts Away hosting an all you can eat and drink beer with vegan and non-vegan feast for $95 all inclusive. Seating is at 9 PM and comes with a commemorative glass with raffles throughout the night for a chance to win vintage craft beers and gift certificates for for Tony’s Darts Away + Mohawk Bend; Golden Road Brewing swag; and the grand prize: brewing a batch of beer with Golden Road Brewing’s brewmaster, Jon Carpenter. Email reservations at NYE2012@tonys.la. 1710 W. Magnolia Blvd. Burbank, CA 91506.


City Tavern

City Tavern’s “Brew Years Eve” Beer Garden from 10 PM – 1:30 AM features unlimited beer, wine and champagne with a glass and special toast at midnight for $68. A reduction to $56 is extended to guests with accompanying dinner reservations.

Their table tap boots can also be reserved for $100 per person with booths seating 6-8 and 10. Booths include unlimited table taps, wine and champagne, and an extra bottle of champagne for midnight. 9739 Culver Boulevard. Culver City, CA 90232. 310-842-8169.


Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar

Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar‘s Bottomless Bubbly New Years Eve celebration is back for the 3rd year, first come first serve from 7 PM – Midnight. $20.12 gets you bottomless glasses of Blanc de Blanc Brut and Rosé Brut, mix and match. Take advantage of this years event as we predict the price will go up next year. 104 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90401. 310-393-7693.


M.B. Post

In addition to their regular menu, M.B. Post is offering special a la carte items such as Roasted Porcini Mushrooms with potato gnocchi and in-house ricotta; Lobster Orecchiette Gratin with sea urchin and chive; and Lamb Chops with herbed polenta and tomato pine-nut gremolata. Guests have the option of adding white (3g/$55; 6g/$100) or black truffles (6g/$35) to any dish. Regular reservations will be honored from 5p.m. to 10p.m. Those seated at 10 PM will be able to keep their table until 1 AM. 1142 Manhattan Ave. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. 310-545-5405.

GM/beverage program director Jerry Garbus is also adding a special selection of wines and champagnes by the glass.

By the glass: (also available by the bottle)

Adriano Adami ‘bosco di giga – brut’ prosecco superiore, nv – $6.5/3oz $11.5/6oz
Simonnet-Febvre ‘brut rose’ cremant de bourgogne, nv – $7.5/3oz $14.5/6oz
Delamotte ‘Le Mesnil – brut’ champagne, nv – $12.5/3oz $23.50/6oz

Bottle

Gramona ‘grand cuvee’ cava brut, nv – $40
Argyle ‘brut rose’ sparkling wine, 07 – $60
Paul Goerg ‘vertus – premier cru – blanc de blancs’ champagne, nv – $80
Louis Roederer ‘brut premier’ champagne, nv – $95
Delamotte ‘brut rose’ champagne, nv – $145
Billecart-Salmon ‘extra brut’ champagne, 04 – $165
Dom Ruinart ‘blanc de blancs – grand cru – brut’ champagne – $250
Pol Roger ‘Sir Winston Churchill’ champagne – $350
Krug ‘brut rose’ champagne, nv – $525
Salon ‘le mesnil – brut’ champagne, 97 – $650


Cecconi’s West Hollywood

Cecconi’s is offering an elegant four-course meal plus a menu of select craft cocktails all night on New Year’s Eve for $235 per person. Reservations are available for 8pm and will secure your table for dinner and DJ until well after the ball has dropped. 8764 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90069. 310-432-2000.

Menu

Cream of parsnip soup, White truffle
Corn Madeleine, crème fraiche & caviar
Hamachi tartare, plantain cone

To choose:
Smoked Ahi tuna carpaccio, blood orange & wild fennel pollen
Crudo of purple artichokes, Pienza pecorino, pistachio & black truffle
Plin agnolotti, robiola fondue & honey-roasted hazelnuts

To choose:
Wood-roast spicy rock lobster, clams & saffron “guazzetto”
Kobe beef filet mignon, cipolline agrodolce, & Celery root
Porcini & radicchio tardivo risotto, Mosto cotto
Selection of Italian cheese
To choose:
Chocolate fondant, coconut gelato
Panettone delizia, warm Moscato zabaglione
Petit fours, biscotti & profiteroles
Torrone semifreddo, pistachio sauce


Ombra

Ombra will entertain 3 seatings with optional wine pairings on New Years Eve: four-course 5p.m. & 7 p.m. seatings, $75 (+$35 for wine pairings); and a six-course 9p.m. seating and champagne toast, $95 (+$45 for wine pairings). Reservations required and jackets preferred. 3737 Cahuenga Blvd. Studio City, CA 91604. 818-985-7337.

5 & 7 o’clock Seating Menu ($75), optional wine pairing – $35

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Antipasto (choice of:)
Cream of cauliflower soup, truffle “caviar”
Wild mushroom salad, baby frisee, hardboiled eggs

Primo (choice of:)
Cavatelli with Dungeness crab, sweet onions and arugula
Cappelletti “in brodo” (an Italian tradition)

Secondo (choice of:)
Braised prime short ribs, gorgonzola polenta, creamed horseradish
Cotechino,lentils, parmigiano potato aligote` (an Italian tradition)
Filet of branzino, roast cauliflower and brussels sprouts, salmoriglio sauce

Dolci (choice of:)
Crema Catalana with candied violets
“Bonet” piemontese with nutella mousse

Optional wine pairing – $35

9 o’clock Seating Menu ($95) , optional wine pairing – $45

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Antipasti (choose 2 of the following:)
Cream of cauliflower soup, truffle “caviar”
Wild mushroom salad, baby frisee, hard boiled eggs
Seared cape may diver scallops, fonduta, aged balsamico
Beet cured gravlax, baby beet salad, mint vinaigrette

Primo (choose 2 of the following:)
Cavatelli with Dungeness crab, sweet onions and arugula
Cappelletti “in brodo” (an Italian tradition)
Cannelloni alla parmigiana, swiss chard, ricotta, besciamella sauce
“Cannolicchi” pasta with Maine lobster, lobster sauce, chives, osetra caviar

Secondo (choose 1 of the following:)
Braised prime short ribs, gorgonzola polenta, creamed horseradish
Cotechino, lentils, parmigiano potato aligote` (an Italian tradition)
Filet of branzino, roast cauliflower and brussels sprouts, salmoriglio sauce

Dolci(choose 1 of the following:)
Crema Catalana with candied violets
“Bonet” piemontese with nutella mousse

Brindisi
complimentary glass of spumante to ring in the New Year


Mohawk Bend

Mohawk Bend will have a special New Year’s Eve dinner for $65. An abbreviated version of Mohawk’s omnivore and vegan-friendly menu, special menu items (TBA), and a beer toast in keepsake glass will follow at midnight. Reservations (required) can be made anytime from 7p.m. to 10p.m. and will secure guests a table for the entire evening. Price includes meal and commemorative glass. Tax and 20% gratuity are not included. For reservations, email nye2012@mohawk.la. 2141 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026. 213-483-2337.


Picca Peru

Picca Peru‘s NYE party kicks off with a 6 course meal (family style), party favors, raffle prizes, a live salsa band from 10 PM – close, and more. First seating at 6 – 7 PM includes the prix fixe menu, wine pairings, and cava toast for $95/person. Second seating at 9:30 – 10:30 PM includes prix fixe menu, wine pairings, cocktail, and cava toast for $145/person. Seating requests are honored “first come, first served.” Credit card payment requested at time of booking. 9575 West Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035. 310-277-0133.

Picca’s Six Course New Year’s Eve Menu:

CHUPE DE CAMARONES traditional peruvian shrimp chowder
CAUSA ESCABECHE seabass escabeche, mashed potatoes, avocado mousse, micro cilantro
OCTOPUS TIRADITO olive citrus dressing
CROQUETA DE SANGRECITA fried morcilla, mustard dressing
PISCO SHOOTER maracuya pisco sour shot or passion fruit pisco sour shot
CAMARONES ALA PARRILLA grilled black tiger prawns, homemade pasta, ocopa sauce
ESTOFADO DE CARNE peruvian beef stew, barley risotto, serrano chile sarsa
DESSERT chef’s surprise


Cafe del Rey

Cafe del Rey has a 3 course dinner, some items only available during the second seating. First is from 5:30 – 7:30 PM for $65. Second is from 8:30 – 10:30 and also includes a complementary sparkling wine toast at midnight. 4451 Admiralty Way. Marina del Rey, CA 90292. 310-823-6395.

Menu *only offered with 2nd seating

Starters
OYSTER aged sherry and vodka mignonette
WILD MUSHROOM AGNOLOTTI truffle, wild mushroom, brown butter, reggiano
TOMATO BISQUE roasted eggplant, basil oil, house made mozzarella finger grilled cheese
VINE RIPE TOMATO & BURRATA SALAD wild arugula, fig, prosciutto, avocado oil, saba
*AHI TUNA CRUDO roasted butternut squash, avocado, tobiko caviar, blood orange, pappadum
DUCK CONFIT CROSTINI fava bean hummus, shredded duck, port wine onion compote
*WAYGU BEEF TARTAR “picadillo style,” black currants, olive, almond, chive, shallot, harissa vinaigrette

Entrees
*DUCK BREAST A L’ORANGE turnip, blood orange, braised shallot
PAN SEARED SCALLOP parsnip, red chard, rosemary brown sugar braised bacon, rosemary sherry gastrique
PRIME CENTER CUT RIB EYE braised beef ravioli, garlic spinach, amarone béarnaise, red wine reduction
BARRAMUNDI brussel sprouts, cipollini onion, pancetta, pomme dauphine, pomegranate
*LOBSTER THERMIDOR leeks, spinach, brandy, shallot, hollandaise, grilled asparagus
TRUFFLE RISOTTO italian summer truffle, wild baby mushrooms, butternut squash, baby zucchini, pecorino

Desserts
TRIFECTION dark, milk, & white chocolate ganache, cherry marcona almond marble, cherry gelato
STRAWBERRY disarrono marscapone, vanilla pistachio, berry coulis
FINANCIER CAKE raspberry, blood orange, sabayon, orange hazelnut tuille


Mezze

Mezze having a 3 course dinner of Eastern Mediterranean food for $65 (+$35 for wine pairings) with two seatings, 6 – 8:30 PM and 8:45 – 11 PM. An additional $35 gives you access to dancing and an open cocktail and artisan beer bar from 11 PM – 2 AM. 401 North La Cienega Boulevard. Los Angeles, CA 90048. 310-657-4103.


The Six Studio City

The Six in Studio City is ringing in the new year with regular menus and endless champagne. The regular menu features items like The Six Burger, a Brioche Bun stuffed with Onion Rings, Blue Cheese and Thousand Island Dressing or Braised Short Rib and Vegetable Pot Pie. Reservations is required. 12650 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604. 818-761-2319.


Michael’s Santa Monica

Michael’s Santa Monica is offering a prix-fixe 6-course menu for $175 at 8 PM. Endless Champagne and live music starts at 9 PM. Reservations required. First seating is available at 5 PM with a 5-course menu and one glass of champagne for $95. 1147 Third St., Santa Monica, CA 90403. 310-451-0843.

Menu:

Two options per course, guests can choose a Manchester Farms Quail with Corn Bread Stuffing, Bacon Lardons, Arugula and Maui Sweet Onion Veloute; Butter Poached Lobster with Creamy Orzo, Citrus, Chervil and Vanilla Bean Emulsion; or Dover Sole with Black Truffle Potato Puree, Black Trumpet Mushrooms, Haricot Vert, Cognac Reduction and Parmesan Aioli.

Photo: Rush Street in Culver City
Photography provided by Dick Lowry