12/20/2009

Delicious Christmas and New Year's Eve Options

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My Christmas and New Year's celebrations aren't the only tickets in town. I'll be on the East Coast, far from sunny Los Angeles. No need to worry about what to do for Christmas and New Year's Eve, I've included a few fun options for celebrating these holidays in Los Angeles.

You can either dine at a restaurant or take out. Most Christmas Eve menus include 3 courses or more with options to choose from. You can also buy prepared meals from some restos and serve them like you would your own. I've arranged the list by location. After all, Los Angeles is such a big place, sometimes one's local is the starting point for planning.

Beverly Hills
Bond Street
New Year's Eve: 6 Course Tasting $85. New Chef Brian Redzikowski is simply fab. Celebration at ABH Rooftop Bar to follow.

Bond Street
9360 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212-3134
(310) 601-2255
www.bondstrestaurant.com

Culver City
Le Saint Amour
Christmas Dinner $45. Three Courses (highlights: Duo of Foie Gras Terrine and Creme Brulee Caramelized Granny Smith Pear and Tokai Jelly, Asparagus Risotto Truffle Espuma Green Aspararagus, Arborio Rice, Truffle Shaving, Warm Chocolate Fondant) New Year's Eve Dinner $75 (includes a glass of champagne)

Le Saint Amour
9725 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232-2739
(310) 842-8155
www.lesaintamour.com

Beverly/Fairfax/La Brea/ Third
Grace Restaurant

Christmas Dinner $75 plus optional wine pairing for $35. As a special bonus, Neal's Dad, Emmy Award winning Musical Director Ian Fraser, will be tickling the ivories. Three Courses (highlights: Prime Rib of Beef, Yorkshire pudding, Frozen Banana Parfait with dipping chocolate, peanut butter cookie crumble).
New Year's Eve $80 per person with an optional wine pairing for $40 or premium wine pairing for $80

Grace Restaurant
7360 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: (323) 934-4400
www.gracerestaurant.com

Downtown Los Angeles
Casa Cocina y Cantina
New Year's Eve: (4-10 pm) 3 Course $35/ 2 Course $15; Night party package $25 10-1:30 am Reservations must be made by December 24

Casa Cocina y Cantina
1535 Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028-7304
(323) 462-2155
http://www.casadowntown.com/

Hollywood
The Foundry on Melrose
Christmas Eve $39 A Greenspan Family tradition Chinese Food served family style with a movie screened in the patio. 8:45 Princess Bride/ 11:00 The Big Lebowski New Year's Eve $35 Lounge Cocktail Party (10 pm -2 ish) All you can eat passed hors d'oeurvres, complimentary champagne toast at midnight, live jazz all night.

The Foundry on Melrose
7465 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 651-0915
www.thefoundryonmelrose.com


The Hungry Cat
New Year's Eve: A Spanish-influenced multi-course feast, open bar featuring Spanish wines, Hungry Cat cocktails, beer $135

The Hungry Cat
1535 Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028-7304
(323) 462-2155
www.thehungrycat.com

Santa Monica
Stefan's at L.A. Farm
New Year's Eve: First seating starts at 5pm, 4-course dinner $55. Second seating starts at 8pm, 5-course dinner w. glass of Champagne $65. Live entertainment starts at 11pm.

Stephan's at L.A. Farm
3000 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404-5073
(310) 449-4000
www.stefansatlafarm.com

West Hollywood
Sona Restaurant
New Year's Eve: 6pm or 6:30pm seating: 4 course tasting $125/Wine Pairing $45/Premium Wine Pairing $75 9pm or 9:30pm seating: 6 course tasting $155/Wine Pairings $75/Premium Wine Pairings $115 Live Jazz Band. Champagne toast at Midnight

Sona Restaurant
401 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 659-7708
www.sonarestaurant.com

Take Out
Le Saint Amour: Love their Moroccan Merguez sausage, or choose from 11 other varieties from $5-8 a lb. There's also Foie Gras, Terrines and Chocolate Truffles.

Le Saint Amour
9725 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232-2739
(310) 842-8155
www.lesaintamour.com

Kiss My Bundt Bakery: Mini $2.50, Baby $4.50 or Big Ol' Budnts $32 make great take out. My faves: Pumpkin and Chocolate Banana. Can't wait to try the Maple Bacon.

Kiss My Bundt Bakery
8104 West 3rd Street (@Crescent Heights Blvd.)/ Valet parking in back
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-0559


Honey Baked Ham: For under $100 you can feed an army. Multiple locations. They even ship.
http://www.honeybaked.com
866-492-HAMS

Larchmont Larder: A huge menu to choose from.

Larchmont Larder
626 No. Larchmont Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 962-9900
www.larchmontlarder.com

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2 comments:

Charles G Thompson said...

Great suggestions. Have fun on the East Coast. Happy holidays!!

Alli411 said...

Thanks Charles. Looking forward to getting together in 21010. Happy Happy!!