(Mark Boster / Los Angeles…)
Celebrating the New Year in Las Vegas fashion, AOC will have a buffet and an Elvis look-alike. The first seating offers a four-course prix-fixe menu that includes wood-oven-baked cannelloni and petrale sole with caramelized endive. $75, reservations at 6 to 6:30 p.m. The second seating includes a buffet with shrimp cocktail, deviled eggs and charcuterie, along with the four-course menu. $100 (dancing and a Champagne toast are on the house), reservations at 9 to 9:30 p.m.
8022 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles; (323) 653-6359; http://www.aocwinebar.com.
The four-course dinner features lamb leg and rib chop with polenta and rapini, ravioli with ricotta and stinging nettles and walnuts, and Monterey Bay fish soup with fennel pollen. $85 and $115 with wine pairing. Starting at 5:30 p.m. until 11 p.m.
1155 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 467-3293; http://www.ammocafe.com.
The Asian cafe is offering a four-course prix-fixe menu, along with regular a la carte service. Course offerings include miso-braised short rib with kabocha squash, duck with cranberry chutney and pecan red rice, and regular menu choices of both large and small plates. $45 for the four-course meal. 5:30 to 10 p.m.
3280 Helms Ave., Los Angeles; (310) 838-7500; http://www.beacon-la.com.
The Santa Monica and downtown locations will both have a four-course prix-fixe menu to celebrate the New Year. Enjoy the black Mission fig quesadilla, making room for a seafood paella or Oaxacan strip steak with mole Colorado. $45, with $5 wine pairings. The downtown location has a free shuttle to several entertainment venues.
1445 4th St., Santa Monica, (310) 451-1655; and 445 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, (213) 486-5171; http://www.bordergrill.com.
Come in for the four-course prix-fixe and stay for music by Chuck E. Weiss. The menu begins with fennel soup, moving on to choices of goat cheese ravioli or grilled sea scallops with a lobster butter béarnaise. $65. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., and live music will start at 9:30 p.m.
624 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 938-1447; http://www.campanilerestaurant.com.
Church & State
A five- or six-course prix-fixe menu includes party favors and a Champagne toast at midnight. Start with malpeque oysters and finger limes, sautéed bay scallops with sunchokes and foie gras, and rib-eye with hen of the wood mushrooms and truffle jus. Dessert? Croquembouche. There are two seatings: the five-course prix-fixe from 6 to 8 p.m. for $65, and the six-course at 8:30 to 11 p.m. for $90.
1850 Industrial St., Los Angeles; (213) 405-1434; http://www.churchandstatebistro.com.
Three New Year's Eve seatings for a three-course menu: Main course choices include diver sea scallop with celery root and black truffle or a poached buffalo tenderloin with citrus and hazelnuts. The first and second seating cost $85 and start at 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., respectively. The third seating costs $105 and includes a Champagne toast, starting at 9:30 to 10:30 p.m.
10100 Constellation Blvd., Los Angeles; (310) 279-4180; http://www.craftrestaurant.com.
Chaya rings in the new year with themed menus: French La Fete at Chaya Venice, the roaring '20s at Chaya Beverly Hills, and Shanghai nights at Chaya downtown. Entertainment for the evening reflects the theme. At Chaya Venice, a three-course prix-fixe menu for $75 for the first seating, 5 to 7 p.m. and four-course menu and Champagne toast, starting at 9 to 9:30 p.m., for $135. Chaya Brasserie in Beverly Hills is serving a four-course menu for $75 at its first seating, 6 to 7 p.m. and five courses with Champagne toast at the second seating, 9 to 9:30 p.m., $135. Chaya downtown presents a four-course menu from 5 to 10 p.m. for $75, with lion dancers.
110 Navy St., Venice, (310) 396-1179; 8741 Alden Drive, Los Angeles, (310) 859-8833; and 525 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, (213) 236-9577; http://www.thechaya.com.
New Year's Eve at Drago Centro brings five courses with an optional wine pairing: Scallop carpaccio paves the way for Dover sole, followed by duck agnolotti with foie gras foam and more. $70, plus $45 for the wine pairing. Dinner is available Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, starting at 5 p.m.
525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles; (213) 228-8998; http://www.dragocentro.com.
First and Hope
Alain Giraud, former chef of Anisette, is making a special appearance, giving diners a taste of things to come at his planned restaurant Maison Giraud. Three prix-fixe menus emphasize French cuisine with egg and caviar, beef tenderloin with fingerling potatoes and black truffles sauce, and a turbot filet with leeks and Champagne sauce. The first seating takes place at 4:30 to 5 p.m. for $85 and consists of three courses, the second at 7:30 to 8 p.m. for $120 and four courses, and the last seating is at 10:15 p.m. for $95 and three courses. Festivities include party favors, a best cocktail-dress contest and a free Champagne toast.