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Eating and drinking into the new year with style

December 13, 2007|Jessica Gelt

DREADING New Year's Eve due to a lack of plans? Buck up and book ahead to get in on these helpful restaurants' hot culinary action. Listings are organized alphabetically in three pricing categories, expensive ($$$), moderate ($$) and "cheap"($) -- though, let's face it, nothing's truly cheap on New Year's.

-- Jessica.Gelt@latimes.com

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$$$ SKY ROOM AT BREAKERS HOTEL

Perched high above Long Beach in the historic Breakers hotel, this Art Deco gem sways to a six-piece band and serves up a four-course dinner that includes a duo of filet mignon and whole Maine lobster. First seating 5:30-6 p.m., pianist, $125; second seating 8:30-9 p.m., band, $275. 40 S. Locust Ave., Long Beach; (562) 983-2703

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$$$ WHIST, VICEROY SANTA MONICA

Gawk at go-go dancers under the stars after savoring a prix fixe menu featuring Santa Barbara lobster bisque. This dinner-turned-soiree will feature DJ Mark Rae's hip hop-fueled beats. The price of admission includes dinner, entrance to the party and unlimited booze. First seating 5:30-6:30 p.m., four courses, $250; second seating, 8:30-9:30 p.m., five-courses, $325. 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica; (310) 260-7500

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$$ ABODE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

Party healthy at Abode with an organic prix fixe menu, a DJ, dancing and complimentary Champagne for toasting your fellow revelers at midnight. The menu includes Kumamoto oysters and foie gras-stuffed prime tender of beef. First seating 5:30-6:30 p.m., four courses, $75; second seating 8:30-9:30 p.m., five courses, $135. 1541 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica; (310) 394-3463

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$$ BLUE ON BLUE AT AVALON HOTEL

Stay the night at the '50s-chic Avalon Hotel with its cozy cabanas and figure-8-shaped pool. For $529, you and that super-special someone can hole up in a "Classic" room at the hotel, have a four-course meal in the restaurant and nurse your hangovers with a poolside or in-room breakfast. Or just come for dinner. First seating 5:30-6 p.m., four courses, $85; second seating 8:30-9 p.m., five courses, $100. 9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills; (310) 407-7791

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$$ BLUE VELVET

Put some class in your act with chilled-vodka bottle service paired with a flight of five caviars. Blue Velvet's chic back patio and fire pit boast stunning vistas of the downtown skyline and the menu is as modern as the environs. First seating 5:30-7 p.m., four courses, $80; second seating 8:30 p.m. and on, four courses, $80 or eight courses, $125. 750 S. Garland Ave., downtown, (213) 239-0061

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$$ CAFE LA BOHEME

Old Hollywood glamour reigns at this dramatically designed WeHo hot spot. The Paul Fredericks Orchestra will serenade diners and party favors will be passed liberally. Dinner seating 9-10 p.m., $115. 8400 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; (323) 848-2360

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$$ DAKOTA AT THE ROOSEVELT HOTEL

It's all about choices at the Roosevelt Hotel where four rooms will rock all night long with DJs, dancing and bands like the Rapture. Jump-start your evening with a prix fixe dinner at the tony Dakota restaurant. Wild mushroom consomme and 10-ounce bone-in filet with potato and black truffle gratin, anyone? Move on to the raging parties for $40 extra. Dinner 7 p.m., $140; party tickets $90 in advance without dinner. 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, (323) 769-8888

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$$ LA CACHETTE

La Cachette brings low-key class to Century City with a three-course menu featuring black truffle lasagna, roasted venison chops and a trio of creme brulee for dessert. Service starts at 5:30 p.m. and costs $145. 10506 Santa Monica Blvd., (310) 470-4992

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$$ MASTRO'S OCEAN CLUB

It's more about the scene than the food at this Newport Beach playground of the rich and beautiful. Features a four-course dinner, complimentary Champagne and live music and dancing. Once you pay your $175 , the table is yours for the night. 8112 East Pacific Coast Highway; (949) 376-6990

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$$ NAPA VALLEY GRILLE

This high-class shindig features an open bar, a DJ, passed appetizers and multiple tasting stations. Offerings include roasted day boat scallop crostini, winter veggie flat bread and poached shrimp. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.; tickets $135 in advance or $150 at the door. 1100 Glendon Ave., Westwood, (310) 824-3322

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$$ RITUAL

Party like it's 1977 with Ritual's disco-themed New Year's celebration, cheekily called "54 at Ritual." Three packages are available: a four-course sit-down dinner and Champagne toast, $150, 7 p.m.; a two-hour open bar and passed appetizers, $100, 8-10 p.m.; and lastly, general admittance to the club, $50 in advance, $75 at the door, 10 p.m. 1743 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood;(323) 463-0060

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$ AMARANTA COCINA MEXICANA

With over 400 varieties of tequila, this boozy Latin retreat in the Westfield Topanga Canyon Mall is an ideal place to forget that last year even happened. A $75 three-course meal, including Amaranta's tangy ceviche del casa, will be served with tequila pairings. 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Ste. 1029, Canoga Park; (818) 610-3599

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$ BROOKS

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