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New Year's Eve Dinner Recommendation

sacca518 Dec 14, 2006 03:09 AM

Foodie visiting from NYC over the new year's weekend. I'm looking for a restaurant that I can go to with my girlfriend and potentially 1 other couple. Looking for something low key but good. A special New years prix fixe is not necessary. Ideally, would like a neighborhoodie type place that has great food, nice wine list, and a no rush policy. I may be crazy asking for those on New Year's butr worth a shot... Any help would be appreciated!!! Already heading to Nozawa for the 1st night, wouldn't mind trying Cut too... Thanks in advance!!! I can answer your NY questions.

  1. Muhlyssa Dec 14, 2006 04:23 PM

    What neighborhoodie will you be near?

    Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks is doing something special, I don't have any details and there aren't any on their website, but you can see their wine list

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      sacca518 Dec 14, 2006 04:28 PM

      Thanks, their regular menu looks great. We're staying in Redondo Beach. not sure how far Sherman Oaks is from there...

      1. re: sacca518
        Muhlyssa Dec 14, 2006 10:04 PM

        It is rather far.

        1. re: Muhlyssa
          carter Dec 15, 2006 05:26 PM

          Yet no farther than Nozawa, their acknowledged first stop, and the boneyard would be a good choice, with complex qualitative bistro items and a very good wine list. I believe there will be two seatings, though not positive.

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      BabyLitigator Dec 14, 2006 05:02 PM

      I went to Enoteca Drago for NYE last year, and was a big fan. Pretty much like every other night there, meaning no mandatory overpriced tasting menu (although they offered it), and a very large wine list (they also do flights). Recommend it strongly.

      1. kat_dew Dec 16, 2006 02:26 AM

        Restaurant Christine is nearby and they are a very good south bay restaurant (what I would consider a good Los Angeles place). They are having a special menu on NY Eve restaurantchristine.com -- I just wished it included their yummy mushroom salad...

        1. Fresser Dec 16, 2006 03:15 AM

          Call Chez Melange in Redondo. Used to be very good. Chowhounds that have been there recently please give us an update. Also, Michi in Manhattan Beach.

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          1. re: Fresser
            Obessed Dec 20, 2006 03:45 AM

            I've been to Chez Melange several times in the past year (for both brunch and dinner) and it's fantastic. I would definitely recommend!

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            fexley Dec 19, 2006 11:26 PM

            JAR is doing a special menu with a fixed price. Not sure on the details, but you know it will be great.

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              Francesca Dec 20, 2006 03:42 AM

              French 75

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                banquisha Dec 20, 2006 05:04 AM

                Mako Beverly Hills... where you can order off the regular or "special" menu. No timed seating BS either = no rush. Just make sure you make reservations.

                1. perk Dec 20, 2006 05:14 AM

                  I'd check Petros in Manhattan Beach. It's a terrific Greek place. I'm not sure what their New Year's Eve plans are...but it would be an inquiry.

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                    Francesca Dec 20, 2006 05:37 AM

                    Upstairs2 has 2 seatings @ the Winehouse.

                    1. rlknapp1 Dec 21, 2006 02:24 PM

                      If you come to Manhattan beach and go to Petro's, then head to the Shade Hotel for a drink afterward. Probably going to be packed though.

                      All else fails, there are a ton of places in downtown Manhattan Beach that you can party at. Too, there is great parking under Metlox.

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                        sacca518 Dec 22, 2006 04:25 PM

                        Thanks Everyone, I made a reservation at Christine's in Torrance. They have an $85 4 course prix fixe dinner that includes a glass of champagne. The menu looks delicious and it's close to where I'm staying. They also have a $10 corkage fee if I choose to bring my own wine, but they have an ample selection too... Thanks everyone for your help!

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                        1. re: sacca518
                          kat_dew Jan 1, 2007 05:40 PM

                          So how was your meal? We enjoyed our meal but the favorite for me was the fennel crusted black cod with meyer lemon buerre blanc sauce.. AMAZing melted in my mouth.. please let us know how yours was...

                        2. rlknapp1 Dec 24, 2006 03:07 PM

                          You will not go wrong at Christines!

                          One warning ... Redondo has really cracked down on DUI's here. Posting signs for people to call in on drunk drivers, etc. Pacific Coast Highway would be a huge target that night.

                          Not sure where you are staying in Redondo, but the pier could be fun when you get back. Kincaid's is there, and might be a great place to have another dinner or brunch.

                          Also try to find Naja's (their claim to fame is the number of beers on tap). It is on a walkway along the docks on the lower level, north of the pier.

                          Along Harbor Blvd. is also the Cheesecake Factory, Blue Water Grille, and others.

                          Another gem is Captain Kidd's. It is a fish market, and for $3.50(?) they will cook it and give you two other side dishes. Covered patio with picnic tables in the back.

                          Have fun.

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                            RCA Dec 26, 2006 02:59 PM

                            I grew up in Redondo and my family really likes Aimee's Bistro on PCH. It sounds like the local/neighborhood type place you may like.

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                              sacca518 Jan 3, 2007 07:55 PM

                              Hey Everyone,

                              Just to report. We went to Christine's for New Year's Eve. It was just what we were looking for. Opposite all the traffic and a mellow evening. We got there at 9pm to celebrate New York New Year's then got home in time to watch the Ball drop on tape delay. The place was nice. They had a 4 course Prix-Fixe for $85 which included a glass of prosecco. We brought a nice bottle of Burgundy with us and ordered a 1/2 bottle there. We had the Butternut Squash soup, ahi tuna, foie gras, duck, cheese plate, and mint chocolate souffle. Everything was delicious. Service was very good. Thanks to everyone for their suggestions!


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