|Ease into NYE at Cooks County|
If you still haven't found something on New Year's Eve (Monday), here are a few last-minute dining options. Bryant Ng will have a five-course tasting menu with dishes inspired by his latest travels to Southeast Asia at the Spice Table ($85 per person, $15 extra for wine pairings). Also Downtown at Ari Taymor's Alma (one of our Hottest New Restaurants of 2012), there are two seatings for the chef's prix fixe menu of innovative, seasonal cuisine at 6 and 8:30 PM ($80 per person). And at Cooks County, get the regular menu or one of that night's specials, like a seafood platter for two or the persimmon-glazed duck breast (open 6 PM-midnight).
If all you want is to sip your way into the New Year, here's one more NYE deal: Get a ticket ($75 presale, $100 at the door) to drink wine, eat snacks, groove to DJ-spun tunes and toast Champagne at Bodega Wine Bar in Santa Monica (814 Broadway St.; 310-394-3504).
It's not too late to splurge on gift cards, whether it's for you or someone else. Buy one for $35 at any PizzaRev location and get a free pizza, and for every $75 gift card you purchase at Joe Miller's Bar Pintxo in Santa Monica, you'll get a $20 one for yourself. Treat them, treat you - that's what gift giving is all about, right?. Offers are good through Monday, December 31.