A Final Taste of 2018

A recent Downtown arrival is making a big play on New Year’s Eve. The Imperial Western Beer Company in Union Station has a $75 prix-fixe meal, and its neighboring Streamliner bar is serving a coterie of 1940s cocktails.

DTLA - On New Year’s Eve, many people look for the biggest, loudest, latest-running party. Others prefer to celebrate in a quieter manner, with the evening revolving around a nice dinner, whether for a couple or a group. Downtown Los Angeles has plenty of options for those looking to go the latter route. Here are six of them.

ROSSOBLU: The good news: Steve and Dina Samson’s restaurant has recovered from a kitchen fire that closed the establishment for more than two months. The better news: They’re saying goodbye to 2018 with a $125, four-course, prix-fixe menu (plus $45 for a wine supplement). Start the evening with options such as a chicken conserva or warm lobster salad before choosing from a variety of pasta dishes for the second course. The entrees include braised beef short ribs, black cod and roasted duck breast.

At 1124 San Julian St., (213) 749-1099 or rossoblula.com

SPIRE 73 AND LA BOUCHERIE: Instead of watching fireworks shoot off from just one venue, why not try to take in everything the city has to offer? Spire 73, on the 73rd floor of the InterContinental Hotel in the Wilshire Grand Center, is hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration with a DJ, a roster of festive cocktails and all the appetizers you can eat before the New Year’s ball drops. Tickets start at $100 and include a glass of Moët & Chandon. The party begins at 8 p.m. If you want to eat first, La Boucherie, on the 71st floor of the building, is hosting a New Year’s Eve Dom Pérignon dinner starting at $100 per plate.

At 900 Wilshire Blvd., (213) 688-7777 or dtla.intercontinental.com

STREAMLINER/IMPERIAL WESTERN: A new arrival is going big for its inaugural New Year’s Eve. The train depot-inspired dual concept space in the former Fred Harvey Restaurant at Union Station is serving a $75 prix-fixe menu at the Imperial Western Beer Company from 6-11 p.m. That includes a four-beer flight, a shellfish platter, and a choice of French fries, cauliflower or fried mushrooms to start. Entree options include pork ribs, fried chicken and shrimp rolls. At the Streamliner, a coterie of 1940s cocktails will be served as the clock inches toward midnight. Table reservations start at $250 and come with a bottle of champagne and a seafood platter.

At 800 N. Alameda St. or imperialwestern.com

A Final Taste of 2018


REDBIRD: Chef Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll Fraser’s elegant restaurant in a former cathedral rectory is serving a three-course prix-fixe meal. For $130 (with an optional wine pairing for $75 and $95), diners choose from dishes such as filet of beef, rabbitchetta and John Dory. For dessert, Redbird has persimmon cake, flourless chocolate cake and pomegranate panna. If you’re not ready to go home, there’s a party on the second floor of the building starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $60.

At 114 E. Second St., (213) 788-1191 or redbird.la. 

LE PETIT PARIS: Head to the Historic Core and celebrate New Year’s Eve the way the Parisians do. Le Petit Paris is offering two seatings for dinner, starting with a $95 three-course prix-fixe meal served from 4:30-7 p.m. The second seating, starting at 8:30 p.m., is a four-course prix-fixe menu. The $159 meal is a full-on festive affair, with a live band, DJ, party favors and midnight balloon drop. Expect tantalizing plates such as filet mignon, turkey stuffed with mushrooms and, for dessert, a milk chocolate Napoleon or a macaron with strawberry coulis.

At 418 S. Broadway, (213) 271-4445 or lepetitparisla.com.

PATINA: If you happen to be taking in either of the Pink Martini New Year’s Eve performances at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, why not make it easy on yourself and grab a bite at Patina, which is in Disney Hall? Then again, you don’t need the Pink Martini excuse to dine at what is widely recognized one of the city’s best restaurants. To close out the year, Patina is offering seatings at 4, 7 and 10 p.m. There is a pair of prix-fixe menus, with a $125 four-course option and, oh my, a $160 six-course dinner. The menu is flush with dishes such as Dungeness crab, parsnip bottoni, foie gras, Wagyu beef and butter-poached Maine lobster. 

At 141 S. Grand Ave., (213) 972-3331 or patinagroup.com.


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