Trying to choose a place for a nice NYE dinner, with good food and a pretty happening scene, but in moderation. It will be my SO and 3 of her out-of-town friends (all 4 of whom are late-30s women and Michigan State grads going to the Rose Bowl the next day) and me a late 50s male (who didn’t go to MSU and is going to pass on the game). Because they want to save themselves for the game, we are going to have an early (7:30ish) dinner and probably be home in bed or the hot tub before midnight; but, they still do want something of a trendy LA “scene,” since the guests are coming from Detroit, Denver and Austin. We (especially I) want good food, but too cutting edge or sophisticated offerings are not warranted, as these ladies likely wouldn’t know uni from unagi or burrata from bottarga. Based on reservation availability, and my unwillingness to head too far east from the Palisades, I am looking at Tasting Kitchen, Tavern, Hals and maybe Salt Air. I’ve eaten solo at all those, but would like others’ input as to which may be most appropriate. I like the AK spots because there’s a good street scene and multiple places for a drink before the night gets too late and too crazy. Thought about Il Grano, but that would be too quiet and not hipster enough to titillate the auslanders. And Toscana is more than I want to spend. Thoughts?