Century City New Year's Eve Dinner - Is there anything that's NOT a chain?
A Chicago hound staying at Century City for the Rose Bowl. Looking for an bustling/delicious/not-so-fancy-I-need-to-wear-a-dress-and-get-my-hair-did dining option for New Year's Eve. Would love to be able to walk...so Century City vicinity would be first choice. HOWEVER, our group of 5 isn't into the whole chain restaurant thing - so I may be crazy thinking that we'll find something at CC. Read some reviews, and Craft seems appealing - but the Bazaar a little further away is making my mouth water! Guess I'm trying to say, we'd be willing to drive a short distance if the quality of food and atmosphere grows exponentially with miles travelled :)
Suggestions would be great.
You have received some very good suggestions so far. While all places mentioned are from operators with more than one location, and you could say they are then part of a chain, but they are all worth your money. Bouchon might also be added to the list, as would Spago on Canon in Beverly Hills across the street and east of the Montage Hotel, home to both Scarpetta & Bouchon. In fact, maybe you should stay at the Montage!
176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
We just love Craft. It's friggin' expensive, and I don't know yet what their NYE deal will be, but considering that so many places around town jack up their prices for the occasion as well, Craft becomes a decidedly more viable option. The food and service are guaranteed to be top notch, and it doesn't for a moment feel anything like a chain restaurant.
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Craft NYE - 3 seatings.
first two 85pp
third 105pp (with champagne toast)
Quail Egg & American Caviar
(for the table)
Chicory Salad, Goat Cheese and Pear
Maine Lobster & Sunchoke
Foie Gras Mousse & Kumquat
Roasted & Braised New Jersey Pheasant & Chestnuts
Ellensburg Lamb, Piquillo Pepper & Oregano
American Wagyu Beef, Confit of Wild Mushrooms & Bone Marrow
Poached Buffalo Tenderloin, Citrus & Hazelnuts
Braised Wild Striped Bass & Black Garlic
Columbia River Salmon & King Richard Leeks
Diver Sea Scallop, Celery Root & Black Truffle
Squash Ravioli, Cranberry & Fried Sage
(for the table)
Parsnip and Spigarello Gratin
Red Wine Braised Fingerling Potato
Cranberry Prosecco Sorbet
(for the table)
Maple Pecan Semifreddo & Apple Fritters
Chocolate Soufflé Tart & Tangerine Ice Cream
Ice Cream & Sorbet
I was in a similar situation as the original poster and went with Craft for NYE after reading these comments.
The food wasn’t mind blowing…but it was all tasty and well prepared for sure. The standouts for me were the lamb and scallop entrees, the squash gratin, and the pecan maple semifreddo. (The menu did vary slightly from what was posted.) I almost forgot the delicious crab legs—great way to start things off. We went with a group of typically casual eaters, so while I thought the price tag seemed v. reasonable given the offerings, I think there may have been a little skepticism--BUT not after the meal. There was so much food! We felt very well taken care of and the muffins for the morning were delicious! I also wanted to add that our food was not over salted at all (could have added a pinch more to a few items actually)…I saw that in some reviews, but it was not an issue on NYE for us.