New Years 2020: Bashes, Bevies & Brunch Take Over Los Angeles for New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day

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Absolutely!  2019 was the best for so many people.  So, of course, we are all excited for the New Year.  2020 is going to be even better.

To get us started, let’s take a look at Los Angeles tastiest local ideas for New Years Eve and New Years Day:

BARCITO:

New Year’s Eve:

Come celebrate New Year’s Eve at barcito, a lively gem in the heart of South Park in Downtown Los Angeles!

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barcito celebrates the Latin culture with a low key, yet vivacious environment and delicious menu where you can come ring in 2020 with friends and family without all the fuss.

barcito will be offering their Traditional Menu, incredible Cocktails, and Live Music to make this a most memorable New Year’s Eve night in DTLA.

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Start the evening with the Sharable Plates such as the Brazilian Chicken Wingspacking a citrus punch with lime-marinated chicken, complimented with garlic, parsley, and a chimichurri aioli; or enjoy the Jamon and Burrata Plate, a hearty spread featuring Jamón serrano and burrata paired with house-made Bub and Grandma’s Bread.

Tantalize the taste buds with the classic Empanadas featuring a choice of Braised Pork, Artichoke, Ground Beef, or Arroz con Pollo.

A Latin-inspired meal should always be followed by Churros bathed in cinnamon-sugar and served with a dulce de leche dip, or guests can savor barcito’s traditional Argentine Cookie Assortment, which features Aflajores, Palmeras, and Cañoncitos.

barcito will also be featuring two lovely libations that celebrate local community and are perfect for a party; the Pisco Boulevard is a refreshing, herbaceous delight utilizing Capurro Pisco, St. Germain, basil and a tang of lemon, and the Flower Street is made with Loft & Bear Vodka, house-made lavender-vanilla syrup, lemon, and egg white.

barcito will be introducing a special Latin guitar and vocal duo that will be playing Live Music from 9:30 pm to 12:30 am, and they will also have a Photo Booth for guests to create festive memories at midnight, so come ready for a casual, yet lively beginning to 2020!

 

barcito will be open on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 from 11:00 am to 1:00 am; barcito will be closed on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1st, 2020. For more information or to make large party reservations, please visit www.BarcitoLA.com or call barcito directly at 213.415.1821.

 


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CELESTINO RISTORANTE:

New Year’s Eve:

Executive Chef and Owner Calogero Drago knows how to celebrate New Year’s Eve and this year is no exception at Celestino Ristorante!

The last meal of 2019 is going to be everything one could wish for and more with a special Four-Course New Year’s Eve Prix-Fixe Menu.

Start the evening off with the Antipasto which offers a choice of Tortellini di Carne in Brodo di Cappone, veal tortellini in a Capon broth, or the Carpaccio di Capesante con Melograno, Arance, e Lattughe Valeriana featuring scallop carpaccio with pomegranate, orange, and mâché lettuce.

The Pasta e Ravioli course presents Agnolotti Bianchi e Neri con Gamberetti e Salsa d’Aragosta, black and white ravioli stuffed with shrimp in a lobster sauce, or Torchietti di Pasta Con Ragu di Cinghiale, Maccheroni Trafilati with wild boar ragu. Continue onward with this marvelous menu by enjoying the Pesce Rombo con Salsa D’Aragosta, Pure di Ceci e Barbabietole, a filet of Turbot with lobster sauce and red beet garbanzo mashed potatoes or the Petto di Anatra con Salsa di Fichi e Amarone, breast of duck with figs and Amarone wine sauce from the Pesce e Carne course.

Lastly, treat the palate to a Dolce such as the Budino di Pistacchio con Salsa de Chocolato e Panna which is a pistachio soufflé with chocolate and a cream sauce. Guests can ring in 2020 with Celestino Ristorante’s Four-Course New Year’s Eve Menu($80.00 per person) or enjoy any of the delectable dishes from the À la carte Dinner Menu. As Chef Calogero Drago likes to say, “Life is beautiful!” and his menu will make you feel jubilant and ready for 2020!

 

Celestino Ristorante will be open on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 12:00 am midnight; Celestino Ristorante will be closed on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1st, 2020; 141 South Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA, 91105; 626.795.4006; www.CelestinoPasadena.com

 


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CHEZ JAY:

New Year’s Eve:

 

Ring in 2020 at Chez Jay in Santa Monica, the historical restaurant and bar that recently celebrated its 60th Anniversary!

Guests are invited to partake in Chez Jay’s New Year’s Eve Three-Course Prix-Fixe Dinner ($95.00 per person) which includes a Glass of Wine or Champagne to get the celebration started.

Get decked out in New Year’s Eve props provided by Chez Jay before choosing a Starter with selections such as the Tomato Bisque Soup or House Salad. Deciding what to dine on for the last meal of the year can be difficult, and the decision does not get any easier with Entrée options like Chez Jay’s Traditional Steamed Two-Pound Main Lobster, Grilled Australian Rack of Lamb, with rosemary shallots and Madeira sauce; Oven Roasted Angus Prime Rib with au jus and creamy horseradish, or the 10 Ounce Filet Mignon; all served with the choice either fresh vegetables, scalloped potatoes, rice pilaf, or Idaho baked potato.

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End the decade on a sweet note with a Dessert such as Chez Jay’s Homemade Cheesecake, Chocolate Chip Cake, or English-Style Sticky Toffee Pudding.

Guests will undoubtedly want to sip one of Chez Jay’s fine Wines such as the 2015 Silver Oak Cabernet, a bottle of Dom Pérignon Champagne, a Draft or Bottled Beer, or any one of Chez Jay’s classic and signature Cocktails.

The ending of the meal does not mean the end of the merriment as Chez Jay is also featuring a Midnight Balloon Drop that will contain special balloons filled with Complimentary Gifts such as Chez Jay Gift Certificates, T-Shirts, Bottle of Champagne, and more! Chez Jay’s Dinner, Drinks, and Midnight Balloon Drop will fill 2020 with excitement, enjoyment, and good cheer!

 

New Year’s Day

Welcome to a new decade! If guests partied a little too hardy on New Year’s Eve, recovery will definitely be on the agenda for New Year’s Day.

Head back to Chez Jay and bounce back with the Bloody Good Bloody Mary, made with long-time Chez Jay Bartender Petter Wickerman’s very own Wickie’s Bloody Good Bloody Mary Mix.

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The creation of this special Bloody Mary began over 20 years ago when Wickerman first began bartending at Chez Jay and set out to create a classic cocktail that guests would enjoy and come back for over and over again. After years of testing and trying, Wickie’s Bloody Good Bloody Mary Mix was born!

Wickerman’s handcrafted mix is made up of 11 ingredients including freshly ground red hot chili peppers, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, lemon juice, black and white pepper, celery salt, and more.

Every Bloody Good Bloody Mary at Chez Jay is prepared with vodka, Wickerman’s mix, and garnished with olives, a slice of lemon and lime, and a celery salt rim.

New Year’s Day is also National Bloody Mary Day and the Bloody Good Bloody Mary will be offered for $10.00 all-day long,

So, go west to get right on New Year’s Day at Chez Jay by sipping their famous Bloody Good Bloody Mary and starting off 2020 just right!

 

Chez Jay will be open on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 from 11:30 am to 2:00 am, and will they will als be serving a New Year’s Eve Three-Course Dinner from 5:30 pm to 11:30 pm; Chez Jay  will be open on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1st, 2020 from 11:30 am to 2:00 am; 1657 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401; 310.395.1741; www.ChezJays.com

 

DRAGO RISTORANTE:

New Year’s Day:

Say hello to 2020 and come celebrate New Year’s Day at Drago Ristorante at the Peterson Automotive Museum as the Drago Brothers welcome the New Year with a full New Year’s Day Menu with something for everyone all day long!

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Guests can settle in and savor this day by starting with an Antipasti E Insalate including the Cozze e Vongole, with mussels and clams, tomato broth and garlic bread, the Carpaccio di Bue, made of beef carpaccio, shaved Parmesan cheese, and mustard dressing, or the Brushetta Con Avocado on a toasted Ciabatta topped with avocado puree, boiled eggs and pickled vegetables.

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The Salads are both beautiful and bountiful with selections such as the Mele e Indivia, prepared with Pink Lady apples, smoked bacon, candied walnuts, frisse, lettuce, and Champagne Vinaigrette, or the Pollo, with poached chicken, snow peas, baby carrots, Belgium endive, toasted pine nuts and a dill mustard dressing. For those that like to share, Drago Ristorante delights with Paste e Risotti options such as the Spaghetti ai Frutti di Mare, with spaghetti, shrimp, calamari, bay scallops, mussels, and clams in a light spiced tomato sauce, the Lasagne Bolognese, a baked meat lasagna, and the Risotto Porcini e Mascarpone, risotto with Porcini mushrooms and Mascarpone cheese.

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The Pizza comes hot out of the pizza oven and features the Burrata e Pomodorani, with burrata cheese and cherry tomatoes, the Siciliana, made with eggplant, smoked Mozzarella, and dry ricotta, and the Parma with prosciutto, Mozzarella pearls, frisse, and basil. For those that would like something a little heartier to kick-off the New Year, the Carne e Pesci, features the Pollo in Crosta di Tartufo, a truffle crusted breast of Jidori chicken, roasted vegetables and a truffle sauce; Filetto di Branzino Alla Livornese, a European sea bass with tomato and olives in a caper sauce; a Burger prepared with prime beef, caramelized onions, Portobello mushrooms, Fontina cheese, truffle butter and truffle fries, and the Panino con Tacchino, Avocado e Provolone, a Ciabatta sandwich with turkey breast, avocado and cheese.

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Finally, one must celebrate with a Dessert and Drago Ristorante has guests covered with sweet selections such as the Semifreddo alla Nocciola con Caramelo, a walnut semifreddo with sea salt caramel, the Torta al Cioccolato, a chocolate cake served with a mixed berries sauce and vanilla whipped cream, or the Tiramisu made with Mascarpone, lady fingers, and espresso coffee.

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Beverages are not to be missed at Drago Ristorante on New Year’s Day and they will be offering up Mimosas, Bloody Marys, Signature Cocktails, and wines from their award-winning Wine List, so come celebrate the New Year with some 2020 cheer at Drago Ristorante!

Drago Ristorante will be open all day on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1st, 2020 from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm; 6060 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036; 323.800.2244; www.DragoRistorante.com

 


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GEORGIA’S RESTAURANT AT THE LONG BEACH EXCHANGE:

New Year’s Eve: 

Celebrate the end of 2019 with Southern soul food at family-owned Georgia’s Restaurant at the Long Beach Exchange!

The charismatic Mother and Daughter duo behind this establishment, Nana Gretchen Shoemaker and Nika Shoemaker-Machado have something for every member of the family to enjoy on the last day of the year with savory dishes.

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like their famous Fried Chicken, cooked in a Brazilian buttermilk brine and a seasoned crispy cornmeal crust; St. Louis BBQ Ribs, a half-rack of slow roasted pork ribs in Georgia’s Restaurant signature house-made BBQ sauce, or opt for the signature Gretchen’s Jambalaya, cooked to order with shrimp, andouille sausage and chicken, served over pasta or rice.

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Georgia’s Restaurant will also be featuring a special New Year’s Eve cocktail; the Hurricane Georgia served in a hurricane glass on ice and garnished with an orange wheel and a cherry to add to this delightful celebration.

Add a delectable Soulful Side to share such as Collard Greens, Baked Beans, Mac & Cheese, and Nana Gretchen’s famous Cornbread served with house-made honey butter.

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For the perfect finish before all the festivities, savor one of Nana Gretchen’s soul-delicious” sweet endings such as the Peach Cobbler, Sweet Potato Pie, Lemon Cake, or Pound Cake with a side of house-made à la Mode upon request.

 

Georgia’s Restaurant will be open on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31st , 2019 from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm; 4104 McGowen Street, Suite 155, Long Beach, CA 92630; 562.420.5637; www.Georgias-Restaurant.com

 

New Year’s Day:

 

New Year’s Day Brunch at Georgia’s Restaurant is sure to be in popular demand after such a celebratory night!

They are kicking off 2020 with a bang as they are serving their Southern soul food Brunch all day long! The table can share savories such as the Fried Egg Sandwich, with choice of cooked egg, mayonnaise and bacon, or Co-Owner Nika Shoemaker-Machado’s personal favorite, the hearty Steak and Eggs, featuring top sirloin steak and a side of blackened country potatoes.

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Guests that love a sweet start to the day can savor the Grilled French Toast made the old-fashioned way and topped with powdered sugar and strawberries, or the Cinnamon Apple Waffle, topped with warm sautéed apples in a finger-licking cinnamon syrup and a dollop of whipped cream.

Alternatively, guests can combine both the sweet and savory worlds with the Chicken and Waffles, which stars Georgia’s Restaurant’s signature Fried Chicken.

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Georgia’s Restaurant will also be offering Prosperity by Georgia’s, made with Hoppin’ John, collard greens, and cornbread as their New Year’s special for $9.95.

The beginning of 2020 definitely calls for Bottomless Mimosas to keep the party going, and Georgia’s Restaurant will also be offering their Signature Peach and Seasonal Sangria, Red Wine, and White Wine by the glass or the bottle, and craft bottled Beer. For those looking for a little hair of the dog after a big night out, the Georgia’s Bloody Mary will have you ringing in New Year’s Day just right; so gather all your friends for a memorable Southern “soul-delicous” Brunch at Georgia’s Restaurant at the Long Beach Exchange!

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Georgia’s Restaurant will be open on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1st , 2020 from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm with Brunch served all day long; 4104 McGowen Street, Suite 155, Long Beach, CA 92630; 562.420.5637; www.Georgias-Restaurant.com

 


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HATCH Yakitori + Bar:

New Year’s Eve Early Dinner:

Start New Year’s Eve with innovative yakitori and creative cocktails at HATCH Yakitori + Bar in Downtown Los Angeles. The chic atmosphere is the perfect setting to get the party started prior to heading to one’s final New Year’s Eve destination.

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HATCH Yakitori + Bar will be offering some delectable New Year’s Eve specials including Chef Daniel Shemtob’s The Steaks Are High, a Porterhouse steak with fried Brussels sprouts, and Bar Manager James Fastiggi’s Jingle Juice cocktail made with Old Elk Bourbon, cranberry, rosemary sage syrup, a splash of yuzu liqueur, garnished with a sprig of rosemary and sage.

A must start to the evening is the Black Karaage; two day brined fried chicken thighs, squid ink, house pickles, grilled lime, and black ranch dip. Share some Sticks and get the table excited with selections like the Skirt Steak, with pickled onion and spicy shiso sauce; the Pork Belly with yuzu kosho, or the Herb Lamb in a garlic mix and Japanese mustard. Guests cannot go wrong with any of the delectable dishes on the HATCH Yakitori + Bar’s Dinner Menu, and if someone opts for a second cocktail, the For Goodness “Sake” made with SOTO sake, soju, lavender honey, lemon and yuzu is definitely the way to go.

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Save room for one of the Desserts such as the Flan-Tastic, made with green tea, coconut mochi, and yuzu purée, or the Binchotan Brownie, featuring a grilled brownie, matcha frosting and black sesame ice cream. The “Yakitori Boyz” are bringing the food, the drinks and the fun to this New Year’s Eve Early Dinner at HATCH Yakitori + Bar!

HATCH Yakitori + Bar will be open on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm; 700 West 7th Street, Suite G600, Los Angeles, CA 90017; 213.282.9070; www.HatchYakitori.com

 

IL PASTAIO:

New Year’s Eve Early Dinner:

Say goodbye to 2019 and welcome 2020 at Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills this New Year’s Eve with the legendary Drago Brothers and celebrate with Chef Giacomino Drago’s Five-Course New Year’s Eve Prix-Fixe Menu ($135.00  per person, minimum two people) or enjoy Il Pastaio’s À la carte Menu along with one Complimentary Glass of Prosecco for guests twenty-one and over!

Guests who decide to indulge in Il Pastaio’s Five-Course New Year’s Eve Prix-Fixe Menu will begin their meal savoring the First Course choice between the Zuppa di Barbabietole e Patate with red beets and potato purée, or the Zuppa di Granoturico al Profumo di Tartufo Nero, prepared with a corn purée with a touch of truffle sauce, topped with fresh black truffles.

The Second Course offers a selection between the Salmone Affumicato con Melograno comprised of smoked salmon with mâché lettuce, fennel, onion, pomegranate, olive oil and lemon; Burrata Pugliese con Prosciutto, made with imported creamy Mozzarella cheese and prosciutto, or the Insalata di Capesante, with grilled jumbo scallops served with arugula salad, onion, tomato, frisee, purple potatoes, pomegranate, and a lemon dressing.

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The Third Course features a decadent pasta offering where can guests can choose between the Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia con Neonata, featuring squid ink spaghetti with imported Japanese white bait, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, parsley, and lemon zest;  Garganelli Bianci e Neri con Gamberi di Fiume, made with homemade black and white garganelli pasta, served with rock shrimp and asparagus; the Risotto con Fiori di Zucca e Gamberi, made of Carnaroli rice with zucchini flowers, and rock shrimp; Agnolotti Ai Funghi, a homemade green ravioli stuffed with mushrooms in a truffle sauce;  the Lasagna con A Bolognese, Il Pastaio’s homemade lasagna with meat sauce, and the Linguine Piccanti con Langostino, comprised of linguine with fresh langostino in a light spicy tomato sauce.

The Fourth Course celebrates the Entrées with a choice between the John Dory al Guazzetto, made with John Dory served with Peruvian potatoes, cherry tomato, olives, and caper broth; the Sogliola alla Mugnaia, featuring a whole Dover Sole filet served on a bed of spinach accompanied by mashed potatoes and a lemon and caper sauce, and the Costolette di Agnello, a grilled rack of lamb served with a polenta timbal and balsamic sauce.

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Finally, the Fifth Course offers a sweet finish as guests can choose their individual Dessert directly from the Il Pastaio Dessert Menu. Guests can also enjoy any of the featured courses à la carte as well. For those ready to say Saluti this New Year’s Eve, Il Pastaio has a special Signature Handcrafted Cocktail List and their full award-winning Wine List will be available so that everyone can have a very Happy New Year at Il Pastaio!

 

Il Pastaio will be open on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 from 11:30 am to 11:30 pm; Il Pastaio will be closed on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1st, 2020; 310 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; 310.275.2900; www.ViaAlloro.com

 

MI PIACE:

 

New Year’s Eve: 

Celebrate New Year’s Eve the Italian way with delicious dishes, drinks, dancing, DJs, and much more at Mi Piace!

Once the party hats are on, guests can take a seat to enjoy this last celebratory feast of the year before dancing and drinking into 2020 in the Mi Piace Lounge.

Some decadence is definitely deserved, so tantalize the taste buds and start the evening with the Oyster & Seafood Platter, featuring Malpeque P.E.I mussels, Kusshi B.C. oysters, Alaskan King crab leg, half Maine Lobster, and jumbo shrimp served with amignonette, cocktail sauce, tartar sauce, and fresh lemon, and the Roasted Bone Marrow, served with Cowboy bacon shallot jam and toasted ciabatta.

Continue the indulgence with an Entrée such as the Executive Chef Gil Saulnier’s Prime Delmonico New York, featuring a bone-in 18 oz. steak with fresh shitake mushrooms, Napa Cabernet demi glaze, and Chef’s special potatoes, or the Chilean Sea Bass served with creamy Reggiano risotto and topped with French black truffle.

Swirl some Tagliatelle con Gamberi,made of spinach tagliatelle pasta with grilled prawns and jumbo shrimp tossed in a black pepper cognac cream sauce with julienne of carrots, celery and asparagus.

It is always best to say “Ciao!” to 2019 with a delectable Dessert such as the Crème Brûlée Cheesecake, made of Madagascar vanilla cheesecake served atop a butter graham cracker crust, and brûléed to order.

For the festive finale of this fabulous evening, guests will head over to the Mi Piace Lounge to sip Signature Handcrafted Cocktails created by Bar Manager Nikos Baltas featuring the Smoke on the Water, made with Wheatley Vodka, Aperol, St-Germain, and a special aromatic fog.

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The Mi Piace Lounge will also be in full swing with Dancing and Live Music from The Trendsetters, and DJ sets from Mi Piace’s House DJs. A delizioso Dinner, Drinks, Dancing, Party Favors, Live Entertainment and a Complimentary Champagne Toast at midnight makes Mi Piace the perfect place to celebrate New Year’s Eve and ring in 2020!

  

New Year’s Day:

Welcome in 2020 with the iconic tradition of watching the 131st Rose Parade and then head to Mi Piace located right on Colorado Boulevard after viewing the many magnificent floral floats, marching bands, and equestrians to continue the celebration!

This iconic Italian eatery opens its doors to all parade-goers for a festive day welcoming the New Year.

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Being that New Year’s Day is also National Bloody Mary Day, it is only right to kick things off by enjoying the Mi Piace Classic Bloody Mary, comprised of Absolut vodka, house-made spicy Bloody Mary mix, celery salted rim, and crisp celery stalk garnish.

Commence the meal with the Crostini con Ricotta; a handmade fresh lemon zest ricotta cheese with extra virgin olive oil, herbs, and fleur de Sel, served with grilled ciabatta crostini, or the Carpaccio, made of paper thin sliced raw prime beef filet topped with arugula, shaved Reggiano, capers, and honey dry mustard vinaigrette. Enjoy and share a handmade pasta like the Pork Ragu Pappardelle, prepared with slow braised Moroccan spiced pork ragu topped with a homemade lemon zest ricotta and a touch of Fleur de Sel, or the Gnocchi di Spinachi e Ricotta, made with spinach and goat cheese gnocchi with roasted ricotta in a caramelized garlic and basil marinara sauce.

For something a little more savory try the Vitello alla Milanese, which is a breaded, pounded, sautéed 16 ounce veal chop with a demi-glace lemon parsley sauce, served with arugula salad with buffalo mozzarella and cherry tomatoes, tossed in an Italian dressing, or the Pollo al Prezzemolo, with Mary’s Free-Range organic grilled half chicken stuffed with fresh herbs in a caramelized garlic, parsley, lemon, butter sauce, accompanied with mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables.

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The first day of the New Year would not be complete without something sweet, so do not forget to try the Mi Piace Special Dessert; a chocolate and raspberry mousse layered between a white cake, wrapped in white chocolate, and topped with a French raspberry marmalade. Celebrate New Year’s Day the Italian way at Mi Piace!

 

Mi Piace will be open for Lunch on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, and they will be serving New Year’s Eve Dinner from 6:00 pm to 2:00 am; Mi Piace will be open on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1st, 2020 from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm; 25 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91105; 626.795.3131;www.MiPiace.com

 

 

PREUX & PROPER:

New Year’s Eve Early Dinner:

Prep properly this New Year’s Eve prior heading to your final destination to ring in 2020 with a delicious New Year’s Eve Early Dinner at Downtown L.A.’s premier Southern house, Preux & Proper.

Begin this festive feast by enjoying one of Beverage Director Kassady Wiggins’s holiday cocktails like the He Sees You (Both) When You’re Drinking, a drink for two (if guests are in the spirit of sharing!) made with Tito’s Vodka, basil, pickled cranberry, absinthe, orange bitters, and Prosecco.

Next, get ready for a marvelous meal and start the table off with Executive Chef Sammy Monsour’s Dry Aged Andouille Sausage, prepared with overnight stewed Sea Island Red Peas, blackstrap molasses, marjoram, and house-made gorditas, along with the Bourbon Chicken Liver Pâté, with North Country bacon fat, piccalilli relish, Creole mustard seeds and a baguette.

It is not a proper Southern meal without something fried, so kick-off the Entrées with the Fried Mississippi Catfish, cooked in a buttermilk marinade and covered in cornmeal crust, with house pickles, celery salt and red remoulade, and then continue to indulge in Chef Sammy Monsour’s 16 oz. 36-Hour Prime Boneless Beef Rib, accompanied with garnet yampurée, crispy parsnips, charred leeks, trumpet mushrooms and a potlikker demi.

After a perfectly delectable selection of savories, save room for something sweet such as Preux & Proper’s famous Beignets; fried pâte à choux dough with “Bananas Foster” dulce de leche and topped with powdered sugar.

A scrumptious and satisfying New Year’s Eve Early Dinner complete with Handcrafted Cocktails: Preux & Proper is sure to begin the countdown to 2020 celebration with a big Southern bang!

Preux & Proper will be open on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 for New Year’s Eve Early Dinner from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm; Preux & Proper will be closed onNew Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1st, 2020; 840 Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213.896.0090; www.PreuxandProper.com

 

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THE RAYMOND 1886:

New Year’s Eve Early Seating Dinner:

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Start the New Year’s Eve celebration early with Executive Chef Jason Francisco’s delectable Three-Course Prix-Fixe Dinner Menu at The Raymond 1886 for $110.00 per person.The festivities begin with a First Course choice of Lobster Bisque, with a lobster tail, brodo, and crème fraiche; a Scallop Rockerfeller with live sea scallops, garlic breadcrumbs, spinach, and Champagne butter, or the Grape and Prosciutto Salad, with Prosciutto di Parma, frisée, red grapes, and a Gorgonzola dolce.

The savorous Second Course selections include four exquisite options including the Cornish Game Hen, accompanied by roasted root vegetables and cranberry orange harissa; the Branzino, served with roasted bell pepper purée, lentils, and fennel; the Chateaubriand, a prime center cut filet mignon with pommes purée, crispy Brussel sprout leaves, and a bone marrow bordelaise, or vegetarians can enjoy the Stuffed Eggplant with Moroccan lentils, baby heirloom tomatoes, sweet peppers and Romesco.

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The Dessert Course from Pastry Chef Mignon Jones includes offerings such as the Eggnog Cheesecake, Chocolate Lava Cake, or the Pumpkin Spice Panna Cotta.

This Three-Course Prix-Fixe Dinner Menu will pair perfectly with a bottle from The Raymond 1886’s Wine List or a special handcrafted New Year’s Eve Cocktail from 1886.

Enjoy a memorable dinner at The Raymond 1886’s New Year’s Eve Early Seating and then walk on over to The Raymond 1886 New Year’s Eve Ball if your heart desires to continue the fun!

 

The Raymond 1886 will be offering their New Year’s Eve Early Seating Three-Course Prix-Fixe Dinner ($110.00 per person) on Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Reservations can be made by calling The Raymond 1886 directly at 626.441.3136 or emailing Info@TheRaymond.com; 1250 South Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105; www.TheRaymond.com

 

The Raymond 1886 New Year’s Eve Ball:

Get ready for the best New Year’s Eve party in Pasadena and get your Tickets to The Raymond 1886 New Year’s Eve Ball today!

Come ring in 2020 at this all-inclusive New Year’s Eve Ball with Tray Passed Appetizers and Buffet Stations, all-inclusive Beverages including Specialty Cocktails, Wine, Beer, Champagne Toast at Midnight, Party Favors, Dance Floor, music from renowned DJ TESSA and much more ($165 per person).

Some of the amazing dishes from Executive Chef Jason Francisco include the Peruvian Scallop Ceviche with kimchi mignonette and wakame, the Penne Alla Vodka, prepared with fresh penne, basil, vodka cream, sundried tomatoes, red pepper flakes, and Parmesan, and the addicting Crispy Brussels Sprouts with honey Dijon, among other offerings.

To follow the savories, Pastry Chef Mignon Jones will be serving her Assorted Cheesecake Cannolis to perfectly accompany a glass of celebratory Champagne. The Raymond 1886 New Year’s Eve Ball starts at 10:00 pm and will run through the New Year until 2:00 am, so come one, come all, and enjoy The Raymond 1886 New Year’s Eve Ball!

 

The Raymond 1886’s New Year’s Eve Ball is from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am and guests must bring a proper ID. This event is intended for ages 21 and over, so get your Tickets now!

 

The Raymond 1886 will be open for The Raymond 1886 New Year’s Eve Ball on Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am; Tray Passed Appetizers and Buffet Stations will be offered from 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm; Valet will be available; Tickets are $165.00 per person and can be purchased at Eventbrite.com; 1250 South Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105; 626.441.3136; www.TheRaymond.com

 

VIA ALLORO

New Year’s Eve:

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Ring in 2020 at Via Alloro in Beverly Hills this New Year’s Eve with the legendary Drago Brothers and celebrate with Via Alloro’s Traditional Menu celebrating Sicilian Drago Family favorites such as Appetizers like the Antipasto Casereccio, served with prosciutto, salami picante, mortadella soppressata, mixed olives, sundried tomatoes, and a chunk of Parmesan cheese; the Pepata Di Cozze, made of Spring Salt Mussels in a broth of white wine, herb, garlic, red chili peppers, and fresh lemon, and the Burrata, a soft creamy Mozzarella with toasted bread, extra virgin olive oil, basil, tomato, and sea salt.

Guests can also celebrate by sharing a Pizza such as the Tanino Drago, topped with fresh Mozzarella, tuna, Tropea onions, tomato sauce and jalapeño; a Pasta such as the Spaghetti Con Aragosta E Frutti Di Mare, spaghetti with a half lobster, scallops, calamari, mussels and clams with a lightly spicy garlic tomato sauce, or the Risotto Al Nero, a black risotto with squid ink, fresh calamari, shrimp and Bay scallops.

The Seafood at Via Alloro is sublime with selections such as the Branzino Al Cartoccio, a deboned and butterflied sea bass baked in parchment “En papillote” with roasted tomato, capers, black olives and Sicilian oregano, or the Langostino, flame-grilled Langoustines with olive oil and fresh lemon.

For party-goers that prefer something a little more savory, the Drago Brothers have this covered with the Costoletta Di Vitella Parmigiana, a 16 ounce breaded bone-in veal chop topped with tomato sauce and melted Mozzarella, and the Costata Di Manzo, a grilled bone-in ribeye, served on a bed of celery root purée with vegetables and a side of peppercorn sauce.

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Desserts should not be skipped such as house favorites like the Cannoli Via Alloro, a cannoli shell stuffed with ricotta cheese, orange and pistachio mousse, Tortino Di Cioccolato, a warm chocolate molten cake with Tahitian vanilla bean whipped cream.

Via Alloro will also be serving Specialty and Signature Handcrafted Cocktails all night, and guests will find something for every palate when selecting a wine from Via Alloro’s award winning Wine List. Party favors with be plentiful and there will be Live Entertainment and dancing featuring Randy & Monte Bald & Beautiful playing from 6:30 pm to 1:30 am, along with a DJ who will accompany the band for the countdown to the New Year at midnight. So, come have a very Happy New Year’s Eve at Via Alloro!

New Year’s Day: 

Come celebrate the first day of 2020 at Via Alloro in Beverly Hills this New Year’s Day with the legendary Drago Brothers and sip Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas, Signature Handcrafted Cocktails and Wines from Via Alloro’s award-winning Wine List, and savor and indulge in Via Alloro’s Traditional Menu celebrating Sicilian Drago Family favorites all day long!

Start with Appetizers and enjoy the Antipasto Casereccio, served with prosciutto, salami picante, mortadella soppressata, mixed olives, sundried tomatoes, and a chunk of Parmesan cheese; the Pepata Di Cozze, made of Spring Salt Mussels in a broth of white wine, herb, garlic, red chili peppers, and fresh lemon, and the Burrata, a soft creamy Mozzarella with toasted bread, extra virgin olive oil, basil, tomato, and sea salt.

Guests can also celebrate by sharing a Pizza such as the Tanino Drago, topped with fresh Mozzarella, tuna, Tropea onions, tomato sauce and jalapeño; a Pasta such as the Spaghetti Con Aragosta E Frutti Di Mare, spaghetti with a half lobster, scallops, calamari, mussels and clams with a lightly spicy garlic tomato sauce, or the Risotto Al Nero, a black risotto with squid ink, fresh calamari, shrimp and Bay scallops.

The Seafood at Via Alloro is sublime with selections such as the Branzino Al Cartoccio, a deboned and butterflied sea bass baked in parchment “En papillote” with roasted tomato, capers, black olives and Sicilian oregano, or the Langostino, flame-grilled Langoustines with olive oil and fresh lemon.

For party-goers that prefer something a little more savory, the Drago Brothers have this covered with the Costoletta Di Vitella Parmigiana, a 16 ounce breaded bone-in veal chop topped with tomato sauce and melted Mozzarella, and the Costata Di Manzo, a grilled bone-in ribeye, served on a bed of celery root purée with vegetables and a side of peppercorn sauce.

Desserts should not be skipped such as house favorites like the Cannoli Via Alloro, a cannoli shell stuffed with ricotta cheese, orange and pistachio mousse, Tortino Di Cioccolato, a warm chocolate molten cake with Tahitian vanilla bean whipped cream. Kick-off the New Year and have a very Happy New Year’s Day at Via Alloro!

 

Via Alloro will be open on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, January 31st, 2019 from 11:30 am to 1:00 am; Via Alloro will also be open on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1st, 2020 from 11:30 am to 10:30 pm; 310 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; 310.275.2900; www.ViaAlloro.com

 

WEHO BISTRO:

New Year’s Eve:

Grab your friends and family and head over to celebrate New Year’s Eve at WeHo Bistro in West Hollywood!

The new Winter Menu is the perfect balance of traditional French flair and contemporary New American cuisine, beginning with Shareables such as the Franco-forward French Pâté Platter, comprised of pork rillette, duck pâté with pistachio, chicken liver pâté, and pâté de Campagne, or the French classic Escargot à Lá Bourguignonne, featuring six plump escargots drenched in an exquisite buttery garlic parsley sauce served with a French baguette.

The Bistro Specialties will have guests giddy with joy with selections such as the Chicken Dijonnaise, featuring a free-range chicken breast in a Dijon mustard sauce, served with potatoes Dauphinoise and tomato Provençal, or the Magret de Canard, featuring duck breast with a cognac and honey sauce, served with potatoes Dauphinoise and tomato Provençal.

Save room for something sweet on this special night and indulge in one of WeHo Bistro’s sublime Desserts such as the Homemade Bread Pudding, prepared with raisins and cinnamon, served hot from the oven and drizzled with Chef’s vanilla caramel sauce;

guests can opt for a French classic with a New American twist like the Banana Crème Brûlée, or the Tarte Tatin aux Poires; a D’Anjou pear upside-down tart served hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Each of these tantalizing dishes and desserts pair best with a craft cocktail created by Jimmy Seargeant and Wrennie West.

Feel the magic this New Year’s Eve at WeHo Bistro where the impeccable hospitality and lively atmosphere is just as impressive as the cuisine!

WeHo Bistro will be open on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31st , 2019 from 9:00 am to 12:00 Midnight; 1040 North La Cienega Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069; 310.657.3131; www.WeHoBistro.com

New Year’s Day:

Start the New Year with Breakfast & Brunch Anytime at the cozy and lively French New American bistro and cocktail bar, WeHo Bistro.

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Begin this magical year by sharing the Burrata Plate with shaved prosciutto, roasted vegetables, arugula, homemade croutons, drizzled with pesto sauce and a balsamic reduction.

Continue this fun French New Year’s Day meal with the Croque Madame, prepared with savory ham and lots of melted Emmental cheese, served on grilled brioche with a sunny side-up organic egg on top, or the La Bastide Omelette, made with bacon, chicken, tomato, shallots, basil, and jack cheese.

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Sugar cravings can be soothed by savoring the Croissant French Toast, prepared with a fresh croissant cooked in eggs and butter, drizzled with homemade caramel sauce and whipped cream.

For a special price, guests can Brunch Anytime with choice of one freshly Baked Pastry along with choice of any Quiche, Crepe, Salad, or Breakfast Item with a Cup of Fresh Berries and Fruit and Non-Alcoholic Beverage!

Sip and savor 2020 with a Signature Cocktail, bottle of Wine or Champagne, Bottomless Mimosas, or go all out and enjoy the visually Wicked Bloody Mary, made with Chopin vodka, and loaded with Instagram-worthy surprises. Make this New Year’s Day one for the books at WeHo Bistro where everyone will feel and taste the magic!

WeHo Bistro will be open on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1st , 2019 from 9:00 am to 12:00 midnight; 1040 North La Cienega Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069; 310.657.9696; www.WeHoBistro.com

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