Arthur J

The Arthur J

New Year’s Eve will be here before you know it and for the best dinner out you’ll want to start planning now. Are you gathering friends for a big night on the town? Searching for a perfect romantic spot to splurge? Maybe this year you need something low key that won’t break the bank. We’ve got you covered with this list of ideas and events, some close to home, others a bit further out. 

Spin through and find something that’s you. Nailing down the revelry and announcing it ahead of time to your date, your family or your friends is one of the best holiday gifts you could ever give them.

South Bay

On the cheap

Texas Loosey’s, a Texas style saloon known for its hearty food holds its annual “Let’s Get Toasty” New Year’s Eve celebration with a $20 prime rib dinner, music and party favors. No need to dress to impress, but you may want to bring your cowboy boots. 9 p.m. 22252 Palos Verdes Blvd., Torrance. 310-540-9799,

Party with a group

Put on your dancing shoes and be ready to party. More than 1,000 people (usually the 30 and over crowd) are expected at the eighth annual Carpe Diem New Year’s Eve party at Paradise LA Restaurant and Bar, where they’ll dance to old school hip-hop, throwback music, some reggae and salsa from live bands and DJs. There’s also a cigar lounge and while there are no details on the NYE food offerings and specific dish prices, there will be a menu available from the restaurant, which includes seafood, steaks, pastas, pizzas and sandwiches. 8 p.m. 889 W. 190th St., Gardena. $25 and up. 213-784-8687,

Splurge as a couple

Dress well, make reservations and bring your appetite and love for fine meats for a New Year’s Eve a la carte dinner at The Arthur J, which is headed by famed chef David LeFevre. Here at this Manhattan Beach steakhouse you can splurge on things like a $148 Tomahawk rib eye steak or a $95 Wagyu Japanese beef cut. 5 p.m. 903 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach. 310-878-9620, — Richard Guzman

Long Beach

On The Cheap

The New Year’s Eve party at Roxanne’s is for the financially conscious and effortlessly cool crowd. That means no cover charge, a hidden bar you need to figure out how to get into (hint: call ahead of time) and you better have dance moves and an appetite, because a DJ will be spinning and a Central American/Mexican menu will be on hand with dishes such as a $9 pupusa plate, $11 chicken fajitas and desserts like $7 fried plantains. 7 p.m. 1115 East Wardlow Road, Long Beach. Free. 562-426-4777,

Party With a Group

It’s going to be one big boat party at the Queen Mary with hundreds of revelers having a ball throughout the ship. The night includes The White Canary party in the Queen’s Salon with a champagne tower centerpiece, flapper girls, and DJ Cutt spinning to the balloon drop at midnight. There’s also a blacklight party called the Cat’s Meow at the Royal Salon lit only by neon lights and bumping with electronic dance music and other themed rooms throughout the ship. Full menus are offered on the ship’s restaurants including $190 dinner with seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at Sir Winston’s Restaurant & Lounge, a  $78 dinner from 5-10 p.m at Chelsea Chowder House and a $58 buffet from  5 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Promenade Café. Dress to impress — and warmly, too, because you’ll want to head to the stern of the ship at midnight to catch the fireworks. 8 p.m. 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach. $115 for general admission entrance, 21 and over. 800-437-2934,

Splurge as a couple

Have a romantic night, catch a view of the ocean and the midnight fireworks show with a prix-fixe four-course dinner and live jazz show at Queensview Steakhouse. 435 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach. $95 per person for 5 and 5:30 p.m. seatings; $120 per person for 9 and 9:30 p.m. 562-432-6500, — Richard Guzman

Los Angeles

On the cheap

There is no cost to attend Grand Park and the Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A., the ultimate party countdown to 2019. Music plays all night with artists Aloe Blacc and Maya Jupiter joined by Irka Mateo, Georgia Anne Muldrow and the Grand Scheme, DJ Day, and the NYELA all-female DJ lineup featuring Ericalandia, Kronika and Spiñorita. There are photo booths for snapping those end-of-year pics. Bring your own picnic or order a meal from food trucks, including Kogi BBQ, Cousins Maine Lobster, Vchos and Dreamy Creations. 8 p.m. Dec. 31-1 a.m. Jan. 1. Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Free.

Party with a group

Spago Beverly Hills is hosting a Masquerade Ball and the winner takes home a bottle of vintage Dom Perignon. Make your reservation for the second seating and enjoy a three- or four-course menu with options on each course, from 8-10 p.m. It includes party favors, a glass of Champagne, DJ and dancing, plus a 1 a.m. breakfast buffet. Don’t forget your mask. 8 p.m. 176 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills. $298-$395. 310-385-0880,

Splurge as a couple

Bid farewell to 2018 with a five-course tasting menu at La Boucherie, located on the 71st floor of the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, the West Coast’s tallest building. Dinner is served with or without Dom Perignon for $550 or $350 per person, respectively. A seasonal wine pairing is also available for an additional $150 per person. Each ticket includes access to the New Year’s Eve atop the open-air bar Spire 73, with a special countdown celebration, live DJ, festive cocktails and appetizers set against a backdrop of city lights. 7:30 p.m. La Boucherie, 900 Wilshire Blvd., 71st Floor, Los Angeles. 213-688-7777, — Sandra Barrera

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