Would we call New Year's Eve the appetizeriest night of the year?
We would, and shall. It's the one evening where people tend to graze on dips and crudites, rather than eating a proper dinner (which can all too often be replaced by a couple of glasses of bubbly). In short? Dec. 31 is more associated with partying, not plate-enjoying, and Jan. 1 with recovery from the aforementioned partying.
Here are a couple of spots to have your last meal of 2013, and a few places to have your first 2014 bites.
Luna Park: The La Brea eatery'll be going the surf 'n turf route, plus oysters on the half shell, for New Year's Eve. Shall there be Champagne, too? There shall be. What's NYEating without the little bubbles in the tall glass?
Superba Snack Bar: Head for Venice for a $75, five-courser that'll include fish selections aplenty. Of course, right? You're not far from the beach, so savor seafood. Octopus bacon, yellowtail, and coconut burrata are in the flavorful mix. Wait, we want to type "octopus bacon" again. Done.
Cecconi's: The Melrose spot is indeed doing a fancy-pants Dec. 31 dinner, but New Year's Day brunch is all about the restaurant's new Bloody Mary Cart, with all of the olive-type, celery-crunchy fixins. You did know that Jan. 1 is National Bloody Mary Day, right? Yep.
Wirtshaus: Hangover cures are the theme of the New Year's Day brunch, so think beef barley soup, goulash, and pickled herring. Ever had pickled herring first thing on Jan. 1? We think 2014 is the year. Also, remember to wish on each new food you eat on New Year's Day. No matter where you brunch or if you go Bloody Mary or not, that is one dining tradition that strictly belongs to the first day of the year.