Why? French-Chinese fare on Market. In the space formerly occupied by Mecca, you can get French faves like beef tartare or traditional Chinese dishes like dumplings in chili sauce.
In other words, imagine going to a classy place in the wealthy business center of Pudong in Shanghai. The sleek space looks like everything will cost a fortune, but -- unlike in Shanghai -- the prices here are surprisingly reasonable. They do good dim sum, too.
Pudong 2029 Market St. PHONE: 415-252-0700 SITE: pudongsf.com
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Why? VIP treatment for your taste buds. From the same gang who brought us Beretta, which set a new standard for quality-casual food and cocktails in this city, Starbelly gives every dish the star treatment in an open, bright space. Try the flan-like liver pate or the wild mushroom and marscapone risotto to start before moving into familiar but inventive mains like pizza, a burger, or bavette steak. End on a sweet note with the pot de crème.
Why? Because now is not the time for half measures. So you're in Las Vegas for New Year's Eve. You're spending the craziest night of the year in the craziest city in America, so you'd better make sure you don't go home with memories of a dismissive stripper and a few desultory tugs at the nickel slot (that's not a double entendre, by the way, though we admit it really sounds like one).
Do it right this time. Head out to one of our top 10 Vegas New Year's Eve events and return home without any memories at all. (Wait -- did that come out right? Should we really be recommending this sort of thing?)
Why? Because sometimes egg nog isn't enough. Small delectable dishes and large exotic drinks are what the Blue Martini Lounge has made its reputation on. What sets the Blue Martini Lounge apart from other bars is its exquisite Martini Menu, as well as its attention to high quality spirits.Inebriating masterpieces like Cookies And Cream -- Three Olives Vanilla Vodka, chocolate liqueur and cream, served in a cookie-crumb-rimmed martini glass with an Oreo cookie -- there is no end to the creativity and tasting delights. You have to ask yourself: “What would Bond do?”
Why? Because this is no time for a few quiet drinks. Not all New Year’s Eve parties are created equal. And in a city as big as Los Angeles, why would you want to waste the biggest night of the year at just one? You’ll want to check out a few places to really make the night one for the books and to find that perfect crowd to party with into 2011.
So we’ve pulled together a healthy mix of parties to hit – from the big and the small to the chic and the odd -- while savoring those last hours of 2010.
Don’t forget to carry plenty of extra bills to pass to the doorman (or doorwoman) and bartender for special treatment. And, of course, make sure you’re somewhere by midnight.
Why? Soy meat will surprise you. A vegan restaurant on Vine? What’s Hollywood coming to? We actually welcome it. Considering you’ll be overeating this holiday season, you might as well stuff yourself with something that won’t induce a heart attack. (Most of the food stands in the area serve grub that will.) Doomie’s left its Chinatown site to bring tourists and locals alike American favorites such as burgers, Philly cheesesteak and fried chicken -- vegan style. Wouldn’t (fake) chicken noodle soup hit the spot right now?