We are pretty new to LA and do not know all the great spots. Hoping to find a fun place for an early (7ish) New Year Eve's dinner. Would like a place that has good food and authentic character or even theme-ing. We live in Santa Monica and I worry a bit about driving a distance on New Year's Eve. We like the Apple Pan but it seems a bit too casual and we love Trader Vic's but they are having a big New Year's Eve to-do which will be too pricey for us. Does anyone have some suggestions? I would very grateful.
Ok, we will be willing to drive a bit. I dropped the westside part of the topic.