365 Things Do In LA – New Years Eve in Los Angeles – 10 Restaurants to Choose From

It’s that’s time again. Time to figure out what to do for New Years. I don’t know about you, but every year it seems a trial to figure out what to do. High expectations, big crowds and lots of money are always part of the agenda. Why do we make such a big deal of this seemingly painful night…because we are are a hopeful group who loves to celebrate the joy and pain of the past as much as we love to celebrate the blank slate of a brand new year. 2010 has been a tough one so I think we’re all ready to move forward.

So what to do, what to do? If I’m not at a house party or dinner party, how bout a fun dinner at restaurants. Here are 10 options that might be of interest to you. Make your ressies before it’s too late! It’s not even Christmas, and these places are filling up!

Akasha: One of my faves – organic, local and great libations. Live jazz and Singapore Supper Club theme will make this a great night. 310.845.1700

AOC: Hit the buffet, of course, when this upscale restaurant goes to Vegas, baby! To reserve a table call (323) 653-6359

Chaya: Venice, Beverly Hills and Downtown are all having prix-fix menus. Beverly Hills is doing Roaring Twenties and Downtown is doing Shanghai Nights.

Lucques: Hit up this classy joint for their prix-fix version of a Luau dinner. (323) 655-6277

Rivera: While there’s no theme here or fun music, I love Mexican food taken to the next level and they are offering a prix-fix menu. Check ’em out. 213 749 1460

Rustic Canyon: This is a very pretty restaurant and wine bar in Santa Monica. They’re offering a NYE sharing menu – a novel idea as I’m always full by the second course in these prix-fix situations. 310.393.7050

The Foundry on Melrose: Always a great place to listen to live music and indulge, New Year’s Eve is no different. Check out Chef Greeny’s fine dining for the everyman with a prix-fix menu and some smooth jazz. (323) 651-0915

Spago: Want to hang out with Wolfy? Head over Spago on Canon and enjoy a prix-fix menu and DANCING with The All Star Band. They’ll even serve you breakfast at 1am. 310-385-0880

Tar Pit: This swanky joint is promoting some form of a revival, 10 passed appetizers and live music. Sounds fun! (323)965-1300

Tavern: Suzanne Goin must really like New Years since all of her restaurants get fun themes. Tavern is no different where you can hit the Orient Express in Brentwood. 310.806.6464

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