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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mary was born and raised in New York City where her family owned restaurants. Instead of eating dirt on the playground, she ate duck blood, beef tripe and pork belly. She cut her teeth at The Mandarin Oriental and The Ritz-Carlton hotels, working with Barbra Streisand, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe, LeVar Burton, Jane Krakowski and others. Mary founded Girl Meets Food in 2009 as a cover for her debilitating addiction to fried chicken and was named Washington Post’s “Favorite Local Foodie.” After 13 years in hospitality, she started freelance writing for USA Today, The Washington Post, Eater, Washington City Paper, and more. Today, she provides digital marketing for hospitality clients as a content creator who’s contently creating content.