New Year’s Eve Dining Guide
It’s time to pop the bubbly! Let’s say goodbye to 2010 and helloooo to a bright new year.
You’ve saved the best night for last, so look sharp, put on your dancing shoes, and come hungry.
Poste Moderne Brasserie is offering 20 Bites for everyone, Firefly has a boozy brunch, Jackson 20 goes back to the Roaring ’20′s, Cuba Libre spins salsa and meringue, and there’s lots more. Restaurants are listed alphabetically. Tips to ensure a smooth New Year’s:
701 Restaurant – New Year’s Eve menu available from 8-11 pm for $100 per person includes champagne toast, festive party favors and live music. Standouts include Lola duck breast and wild persimmon braised leg; Eco-Friendly pork with truffled sweet potato; and savory pumpkin souffle. 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC. 202.393.0701.
Againn – Seatings available from 6-9 pm on New Year’s Eve. À la carte and prix fixe menu available for $65 per person, $90 with wine pairing. Featuring baked Chesapeake oysters; roast of Herefordshire beef ribeye; and spotted dick made with raisins, and maple-rum custard. Live performances, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. 1099 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC. 202.639.9830.
Agora - On New Year’s Eve, a complete à la carte menu available from 5 pm – 2 am, with a selection of salads and spreads, a cheese & cure section, cold mezze, hot vegetables, meat, poultry and seafood options. Specialty cocktails as well as ouzo and raki. Greek and Turkish music, and complimentary champagne toast at midnight. 1527 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC. 202.332.6767.
Art and Soul – Two seatings on New Year’s Eve have vegetarian and non-vegetarian tasting menus from $65-95, with pork belly, potato-cheese dumpling, whiskey reduction; rosemary roasted prime rib, cheddar au gratin potatoes; oven roasted Amish chicken breast, sweet onion bread pudding. includes a glass of Champagne and party favors. 415 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC. 202.393.7777
Belga Café – New Year’s Eve three-course prix fixe menu available for $79 per person includes smoked foie gras soup; poached Maine lobster with baby calamari; oven-roasted duck breast with salsify; Belgian chocolate, a glass of champagne, party favors and more. 514 8th Street SE, Washington, DC. 202.544.0100
Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca – Two seatings on New Year’s Eve offers prix fixe menus for $50-$85, including champagne toast and party favors. Highlights include burnt wheat cavatelli with broccoli rabe; agnolotti filled with sheep’s milk ricotta, marjoram and spinach; plancha seared Maine lobster; and braised veal cheeks Milanese with polenta integrale. 1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC. 202.216.9550.
Birch & Barley – Five-course New Year’s Eve dinner from 7:00-8:30 pm for $150 per person. An evening of beer and gastronomy that puts uber-creative twists on traditional New Year’s fare and seasonal ales. Greg Engert will be on hand all night to talk brew and spread cheer. For an additional $30, move upstairs post-dinner to the festivities at ChurchKey. 202.567.2576. (via Eating Around DC)
Bourbon Steak – Six-course New Year’s Eve tasting menu with caviar parfait; wildflower honey-glazed Long Island duck, from 8:30-9:30 pm with a midnight Champagne toast for $175 per person. Vegetarian menu for $85 per person, with garden garlic chive pierogies; assiette of baby vegetables with crushed black truffle and egg yolk cavatelli. 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC. 202.944.2026.
BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier – has two New Year’s Eve dinner seatings with four and six course menus for $70 and $95 per person respectively, with optional wine pairings. The menu includes pan seared Maine scallops; roasted Chesapeake rockfish; braised martin’s short ribs with creamy polenta; coconut lime napoleon; chocolate cherry walnut decadence. 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA. 703.894.3440.
Brasserie Beck – Three course tasting menu featuring Stellar Bay oyster gratin with paddlefish caviar; Grassential hare, grilled loin, braised leg, cabbage encroute; and Northern Neck pumpkin crème caramel; $65per person, optional wine or beer pairings $25 per person. 1101 K Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.408.1717.
Buddha-Bar – Seatings at 6 pm and 10 pm on New Year’s Eve. Traditional and Vegetarian prix fixe menus available for $100 per person. The 6 pm seating does not require bottle service, but the 10 pm seating does, with the option of dinner. Bottle service starts at $500 per four-person table. Miami DJ Alyson Calagna spins from 10 pm – 3 am. 455 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC. 202.377.5555.
Café Atlántico – Nine-course New Year’s Eve tasting menu with Spanish mackerel and caviar tartar; foie soup; and suckling pig feijao. Priced at $125 per person from 8:15-9:45 pm. Late night dancing, DJ and party favors is complimentary and open to the public. Cash bar. 405 8th Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.393.0812.
Cuba Libre - New Year’s Eve Cuban feast from Old Havana. Seatings every 30 minutes from 4:00-8:00 pm. Seatings at 9:00 and 9:30 pm, with a four-course Latin holiday prix fixe menu for $90 per person. A cash bar, party hats and favors starting at 10 pm for $20 per person. A Latin DJ will spin salsa, meringue, bachata, Latin house and tropical dance. 801A 9th Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.408.1600.
Dino – Five-course New Year’s Feast from 4:00-10:30 pm for $59-$75 per person, including a glass of Prosecco. Optional wine pairings are $39-$69. Standouts include a signature cannelloni with wild boar; rockfish with house made summer tomato sauce; roasted mushrooms atop a white bean stew; and flourless chocolate cake with ginger gelato. 3435 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC. 202.686.2966
Equinox – New Year’s Eve tasting menu with consommé of Maine lobster and blue crab sausage; bruléed torchon of Hudson Valley foie gras; tortellini of Middleburg chestnuts; dry aged Martin’s Farm beef rib eye with haricot verts; duo of Valrhona chocolate, milk chocolate bar, and olive oil ice cream. 3-7 courses $70-$125, $100-$175 with wine pairings. 818 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC. 202.331.8118.
Firefly – New Year’s Eve five-course tasting menu for $65. Complimentary bottle of sparkling wine to first 10 tables to book the tasting menu. New Year’s Day boozy brunch from 12-6 pm, including green eggs and ham, the Elvis sandwich, snake eyes, and pop pop’s French toast. Bloody Marys and draft beers are $3. 1310 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC. 202.861.1310.
Grille at Morrison House – seven-course New Year’s Eve dinner for $95 per person with optional wine pairing for $60. Menu includes fluke crudo, pickled red onion and seaweed salad; white grape air and grape granite; pan roasted petit filet, vanilla butter poached lobster. Sweets includeVasilopita (a New Year’s cake with chocolate coin) and a vanilla tuile fortune cookie. 116 S. Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA. 703.838.8000.
Hank’s Oyster Bar – New Year’s Eve from 5:30-11:30 pm, an à la carte menu is available as well as New Years Eve specials. Dupont Circle location features seared Nantucket Bay scallops with heirloom pumpkin purée and caviar; and whole roasted lobster. Party favors and complimentary bottle of sparkling wine available for couples dining 10:00-11:30 pm. 1624 Q Street NW, Washington DC, 202.462.4265 and 1026 King Street, Alexandria VA, 703.739.4265.
Hudson – Early dinner featuring tasting menu with Meyer Farms beef, a sustainable fish selection and a vegetarian option until 6:30 pm for $50. Late dinner and guaranteed table begins at 8pm features four-course tasting menu with the finest selections of meat, fish and vegetarian selections for $80. Champagne toast at midnight. 2030 M Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.872.8700. (via City Shop Girl)
J&G Steakhouse – Five-course New Year’s Eve dinner starting at 8:30pm followed by a rooftop soirée. $200 per person with dinner wine pairings; $160 without, including rooftop access. Limited à la carte menu available from 5-7 pm (P.O.V rooftop soirée tickets must be purchased separately). 515 15th Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.661.2400.
Jackson 20 – Roaring 20’s at Jackson 20, a 20’s-style party with vintage-inspired cocktail specials, music, and staff dressed the part. À la carte menu available. While gangster suits and flapper dresses are strongly encouraged, they are not required. All dinner guests will receive a complimentary glass of champagne upon arrival, and a champagne toast at midnight. 480 King Street, Alexandria, VA. 703.842.2790.
Jaleo - À la carte New Year’s Eve menu from 5-8 pm at all three locations. A second seating starts at 8:30 pm with unlimited tapas for $85 per person. Midnight cava toast and a Spanish New Year’s Eve custom, 12 grapes for good luck. DJ spinning tunes from 10:30 pm – 1:30 am. Various locations.
Mie N Yu – Various New Year’s Eve menus available $65-$85 per person, plus tax and 20% gratuity. Belly dancing performances and DJ spinning 70′s, 80′s and 90′s club classics; photo booth, party favors and midnight toast. 3125 M Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.333.6122.
Oyamel – Five-course New Year’s Eve prix fixe menu at $65 per person, with optional cocktail or wine pairings, from 7:30 pm to midnight. Specialty champagne cocktails and a Good Time New Year’s Punch will also be available. 401 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC. 202.628.1005.
Poste Moderne Brasserie – 20 Bites is available in the entire dining room. Menu includes smoked salmon blini, lobster bisque with sherry, wild striped bass clam chowder, and chocolate hazelnut panna cotta. First seating offers 11 bites for $75 per person. The second seating offers 20 bites for $95 per person. The 11 bites will consist of less courses, but larger portions. 555 8th Street NW, Washington, DC. 202-783-6060.
Rasika – Two seatings on New Year’s Eve. First seating offers a three-course menu for $55, optional wine pairing for $35. Second seating offers a four-course menu for $80, with champagne toast and party favors, optional wine pairing for $45. 633 D Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.637.1222.
Redwood – Three-course New Year’s feast from 5:30-11:00 pm for $69 per person. Enjoy party favors, a jazz trio and champagne toast at midnight. À la carte menu also available. 7121 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, MD. 301.656.5515.
Urbana – New Year’s Eve three-course prix fixe menu for $55, with a glass of prosecco at dinner and a toast at midnight. Full bar menu available until 2 am. 2121 P Street NW, Washington DC. 202-956-6650.
Vinoteca Wine Bar & Bistro – Five-course New Year’s Eve tasting menu. Seatings at 9:00-9:30 pm for $75 per person, $115 with wine pairings. After dinner party for additional $50, includes open bar and bottomless champagne. Live music, DJ, midnight snack buffet and party favors. Reserve before Dec. 20th for $85 per person, $150 per couples; $95 per person, $170 per couple afterwards. 1940 11th Street NW, Washington DC, 202.332.WINE (9463)
Zaytinya – New Year’s Eve prix fixe menu available 9-11 pm priced at $95 per person with midnight toast. Menu features special mezze dishes. A selection of specialty cocktails including a Midnight Kiss of apricot and lavender syrup, St. Germain and Amalia Brut priced at$9, as well as flavored sparkling wines will be available. 701 9th Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.638.0800.
Zentan at Donovan House – Two seatings on New Year’s Eve, featuring a four-course, prix fixe menu at $75 per person. Highlights include Chef Susur Lee’s tuna tartare and blood orange with lotus crisp; 19 ingredient Singapore slaw; Mongolian rack of lamb; and Szechwan style duck with lotus crepes. 1155 14th Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.379.4366.