WASHINGTON DC: 2016/17 New Year’s Eve Dinner Options - Part Two
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It is time to celebrate the incoming New Year in and around the nation’s capital, and restaurants are offering diners a lively and delicious array of choices. Fare will range from modern Italian, to Indian and American as the options for celebrating are extensive and enticing.
Lupo Verde, located in the bustling 14th Street area at 1401 T Street, NW, will offer a traditional Italian feast from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Saturday, December 31st. Prepared by newly appointed Executive Chef Matteo Venini, the dinner will consist of five-courses priced at $90 per person (tax and gratuity not included), which includes a Champagne toast at Midnight. Guests will start their meal with Salame Di Polpo, octopus salame with celery, nostralina olives, cherry tomato confit, chioggia beets and a chard citrus vinaigrette, followed by Cotechino e Lenticchie, braised lentils with cotechino, caramelized onions and creamy polenta; Raviolo Erbette e Bresaola with Swiss chard bresaola stuffed raviolo in a black truffle sauce, and Agnello, coffee crusted lamb loin with roasted baby carrots, parsnips and blueberry sauce. For the perfect ending, diners will enjoy the traditional Italian Bombolone, homemade doughnut with Nutella and concord grape-ginger jam.
(202) 827-4752, or visit www.lupoverdedc.com
The Oval Room, located just steps from the White House at 800 Connecticut Avenue, NW, will showcase a special holiday menu New Year’s Eve. On Saturday, December 31st from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., guests will enjoy a four-course, prix fixe menu priced at $85 per person or $125 with wine pairings (tax and gratuity not included). Prepared by Executive Chef John Melfi, the menu features tempting options such as Oysters and Caviar, Potter’s Moon oysters, sturgeon caviar and Champagne sabayon; Burrata with shaved winter vegetables, toasted pumpkin seeds and spicy cider vinaigrette; Black Barley “Risotto” with porcini crema, abalone mushroom compote and aged sheep’s milk cheese; Butter Poached Lobster with crispy tete de cochon, split pea purée and black eye pea vinaigrette; Paccheri Pasta with black trumpet mushrooms, charred torpedo onions, winter truffle and robiola cheese fondue; Suckling Pig with Virginia peanut purée, fingerling sweet potatoes, IPA braised collard greens and rye jus, and Magret Duck Breast with foie gras-chestnut purée, heirloom baby carrots, crispy Brussels sprouts and maple jus. A variety of sweet confections complete the meal including Raspberry-White Chocolate Mousse with pistachio cake and raspberry gelée; Chocolate-Hazelnut Bar with cocoa nib tuile and bittersweet chocolate emulsion, and Banoffee Brown Butter Cake with caramelized banana mousse and salted caramel ice cream. Valet parking is available for $8 per car on New Year’s Eve. The Oval Room will be open for regular dinner service on January 1st, and guests will receive a party favors and a complimentary glass of bubbly and to toast the New Year.
(202) 463-8700 or visit www.ovalroom.com.
nopa Kitchen + Bar, Ashok Bajaj’s American brasserie located at 800 F Street, NW, will showcase a special holiday menu New Year’s Eve. Offering two seatings, the first is available from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring a seasonal a la carte menu. A second seating, starting at 7 p.m., offers a three-course, prix fixe menu priced at $80 per person along with a Champagne toast at Midnight (tax and gratuity not included). Standout first course options include Bay Scallop Crudo with sturgeon caviar, nasturtium, sorrel, cured trout, and Meyer lemon purée; Celery Root & Parsnip soup with poached lobster, burgundy truffle and smoked olive oil; New Zealand Venison Tartare with beet aioli, Carolina quail egg and pickled beets, served with grain mustard toast, and Kabocha Squash & Ricotta Gnudi with bolognese, guanciale, maitake mushrooms, ras el hanout. Second course options are just as enticing and include Chilean Sea Bass with Carolina gold rice, pickled asparagus lettuce, Asian greens, chili and tamari purée; Crispy Pork Schnitzel with pork cheek-apple stuffing, shaved Brussels sprouts, sweet potato purée, pumpkin seed crumble and cider jus; Pan Roasted Rohan Duck Breast with kabocha squash purée, savoy cabbage agrodolce, and foie-a l’ orange sauce, and Black Spaghetti with Calabrian chili, stone crab, uni, tarragon and Meyer lemon. To complete the meal, guests will enjoy a Seasonal Dessert Trio. Valet parking is available for $10. nopa Kitchen + Bar will be open for regular dinner service on January 1st, and guests will receive a complimentary glass of bubbly to toast the New Year.
(202) 347-4667 or by visiting www.nopadc.com.
Another option for holiday dining is Legal Sea Foods with its four Washington, DC area locations open on New Year’s Eve. Each Legal Sea Foods will be serving its delicious a la carte menu, as well as showcasing a holiday special entrée. Legal Sea Foods is also offering a gift card promotion available through the end of the year. For every $200 purchased in gift cards, customers will receive a lobster dinner on the house. The lobster dinner voucher will be good for use from January 2nd through March 31st, 2017. The hours on Saturday, December 31st are the following: 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. at 704 7th Street NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 347-0007; 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Tysons Galleria in McLean, VA (703) 827-8900; 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. at 2301 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Crystal City, Arlington, VA (703) 415-1200 and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at National Hall within Ronald Reagan National Airport (571) 551-5988. Legal Sea Foods will also be serving New Year’s Day with regular hours: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 704 7th Street NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 347-0007; 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Tysons Galleria in McLean, VA (703) 827-8900; 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 2301 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Crystal City, Arlington, VA (703) 415-1200 and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at National Hall within Ronald Reagan National Airport (571) 551-5988.
For a complete list of locations visit: http://www.legalseafoods.com/.
*Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, located at 801A 9th Street, NW, will offer a festive Cuban feast to celebrate the New Year with two dinner seating choices available. Reservations for the early seating will be from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and guests can select from Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot and newly appointed Executive Chef Angel Roque’s a la carte menu which includes a variety of “tapas” or small plates, a selection of entrées and desserts, and other signature dishes reflective of Old Havana including several New Year’s Eve specials. Early guests who make reservations before 6 p.m. will receive a $25 Cuba Libre gift card per person to be used on a $50 purchase during a future visit. The late dining option, with seating times between 9 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., will feature a five-course prix fixe menu priced at $109 per person, plus tax and gratuity (alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity not included) as well as a Champagne toast, DJ and dancing, and party favors for the Midnight celebration. Standout dishes include Tartica Canape with goat cheese, spiced apple compote and fresh basil tartlet; Sopa de Plátanos Verdes with green plantains, parsley oil and popcorn; Red Snapper Ceviche with tomato mojito sauce and a pearl onion salad; Empanada de “Tasajo,” baked empanada filled with cured salted beef brisket, mango molasses sauce and lemon-parsley oil; Langosta Batabanó, Maine lobster with grilled pineapple and cheese Velouté, coconut rice, tomato concasse sauce and crispy onions, and Chuletón de Puerco, grilled duroc-rib pork chop with plantain “fufu” croquettes, fresh onion mojo and garlic sauce. For dessert, guest can enjoy a Tarta de Guayaba, water cracker crust guava cheesecake with guava shells. Guests at the second seating will be able to keep their reserved table throughout the evening. Additionally, those who dine during the later service will receive a $25 gift certificate for a future visit to Cuba Libre in the New Year as well as a special gift from Chef Roque upon their departure.
Reservations for the five-course dinner must be made via phone. Interested guests can call Director of Sales and Local Marketing, Lyn Heister, at (202) 408-1600 to make a reservation for the prix fixe dinner.
*701 Restaurant, located between the Capitol and the White House at 701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, 20004, will offer two seatings on New Year’s Eve. Guests dining at the first seating, from 5 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., have the option to order off the seasonal a la carte menu, or enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu priced at $55 per person (tax and gratuity not included). During the second seating, from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., a four-course menu priced at $110 per person, which includes a Champagne toast at Midnight (tax and gratuity not included), will be available exclusively. Featured dishes on Executive Chef Benjamin Lambert’s prix fixe menu include Foie Gras Torchon with mocha donuts, butternut squash purée and maple gastrique; Tuna Tartare with sushi rice ice cream and ponzu wasabi; Maine Lobster with popcorn purée, royal trumpet mushrooms and persimmons; Smoked Venison with sweet potato, collard greens, Brussels sprouts and mole jus, as well as Rack of Lamb with fregula, yogurt and green harissa. For the perfect ending, there is Dark Chocolate Bar with hazelnuts, cocoa nib tuile and white chocolate ice cream; Elderflower Parfait with pineapple, coconut cremeux and almond streusel, and the Carrot Cake Bread Pudding with carrot cremeux, golden raisin and praline ice cream. A four piece jazz band will play music until 1 a.m. to help ring in the New Year. Valet parking is available for $8. 701 Restaurant will be open for regular dinner service on January 1st, and guests will receive a complimentary glass of bubbly to toast the New Year.
(202) 393-0701 or by visiting www.701restaurant.com.
*Blackwall Hitch, located on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria at 5 Cameron Street, will offer a festive feast of coastal-inspired dishes to celebrate the New Year with three different dinner seatings available: a 90-minute seating priced at $75 per person at 5 p.m., a two-hour seating priced at $95 per person at 7 p.m., and a late dinner seating priced at $125 per person at 9:30 p.m. which includes live music, a Champagne toast, and party favors. Guests of all three seating times will receive a four-course, prix fixe menu prepared by Executive Chef Mente Lawson. Diners will begin their meal with a choice of Cream of Crab, jumbo lump crab meat in a luscious cream & butter-rich soup, seasoned with traditional seafood seasoning and accented with tarragon oil, or the Butternut Squash & Fennel, butternut squash & fennel simmered with aromatic vegetables, garnished with apple cider cream and toasted pumpkin seeds. For a second course guests can opt the Autumn Arugula Salad with baby arugula, roasted acorn squash, candied walnuts, shredded carrots and pomegranate seeds, dressed in pomegranate-cider dressing, followed by third course entrées such as Pan-Seared Chilean Sea Bass with wild mushroom risotto, roasted baby carrots and a lemon-butter sauce, and Braised Short Rib & Day Boat Sea Scallops, slow-cooked boneless beef short rib with jumbo pan-seared Day Boat scallops with butter-whipped potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, accompanied by a beef rib au jus and a saffron-orange sauce. For a sweet finish, Blackwall Hitch will offer guests three decadent choices including Dark Chocolate & Amarena Cherry Bread Pudding, bite-sized cubes of bread soaked in a rich custard-style pudding with dark chocolate and Italian Amarena cherries; Red Velvet Strawberry Trifle, decadent red velvet cake layered with strawberries and Champagne cream, and the Banana Walnut Smith Island Cake, Maryland’s state dessert dressed for the holidays with sumptuous banana walnut cake, smothered in rich and buttery frosting. Vintage#18, a local fiery soul, blues band will ignite the stage with a live performance beginning at 9:30 p.m.
Then on January 1st, 2017, one can enjoy a New Year’s Day brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Priced at $29.99 per person, for an additional $10 indulge in bottomless Mimosas (only $17.99 for kids 13 & under) guests can celebrate the New Year with seasonal dishes honoring the heritage of the Chesapeake Bay with the addition of holiday specials prepared by Executive Chef Mente Lawson. Guests can look forward to Fried Chicken & Belgian Waffles, country fried chicken stacked with fresh-made waffles, topped with a choice of seasonal berries, whipped cream, butter or maple syrup; Made-To-Order Omelettes; Homestyle Breakfast Potatoes; Fresh Biscuits & Country Gravy; Assorted Bagels with cream cheese and jams; Roasted True North Salmon with lemon & dill sauce; Vegetable Penne Pasta with alfredo sauce and shaved parmesan cheese; Freshly Shucked Oysters served with garnishments; Prime Rib with rosemary au jus and horseradish cream and a house salad. For dessert, guests can indulge in Assorted Breakfast Pastries. Those who dine at Blackwall Hitch on New Year’s Eve will receive $5 off their New Year’s Day brunch with proof of purchase.
(703) 739-6090 and/or visit TheBlackwallHitch.com.
*In Reston, Virginia, Red’s Table, located on the waterfront at 11150 South Lakes Drive, 20191, will offer a seasonal a la carte menu from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday, December 31st. Fans won’t want to miss New Year’s specials prepared by Executive Chef Adam Stein such as Broiled Stuffed Lobster with Maryland lump crab and shrimp, served with lemon and drawn butter for $36,or the Trio of White Stone Oyster Shooters with caviar, served with a Champagne cocktail for $21. For the perfect pairing, three specialty cocktails will also be available for toasting new beginnings and include the Winter Wonderland, Rumple Minze, crème de cocoa, half and half and cocoa powder; the Champagne New Year, Champagne, rosemary, simple syrup and gin and the Chocolate Decadence, vodka, crème de cocoa, orange simple, orange bitters and chocolate syrup. Cocktails will be priced at $9 each. Fat Chance, a local rock and dance cover band from Vienna, Virginia, will ignite the stage with a live performance from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Then on January 1st, 2017, one can enjoy a New Year’s Day hangover brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests can celebrate the New Year with wholesome, straightforward dishes with the addition of holiday specials prepared by Executive Chef Adam Stein. Guests can look forward to brunch favorites such as the Tuaca-Maple Syrup French Toast, bread pudding topped with caramel and whipped cream; Hangover Hash, house sausage, home fries, scrambled eggs and white wine cheddar gravy; Curried Lamb Noodle Soup with house-made noodled, Maryland lamb, rich curried lamb broth, white whiskey chili sauce, lime, cilantro and Thai basil; Fried Oysters & Grits, 63 degree egg, stone ground grits, linguiça and onion jus; Corned Beef Benedict, 63 degree eggs on buttermilk biscuits with spicy hollandaise, served with home fries; Red’s Two Egg Breakfast, two eggs (any style), home fries, toast and a choice of maple sausage or applewood smoked bacon; Hangtown Frittata, open faced omelet with oysters, bacon, potato and green onion, served with spicy Charon sauce and mixed greens, as well as Sausage Biscuit Sliders, three buttermilk biscuits with maple sage sausage, patties and American cheese, served with home fries. For the perfect pairing, guests will enjoy drinks for the restaurants Make Your Own Mimosa & Bloody Mary Bar, which offers six different types of fresh juices, three different varieties of bloody mary mix, an assortment of sauces and garnishes for $6 per drink.
(571) 375-7755 and/or visit http://redstableva.com.
*On Capitol Hill, Ambar, the nation’s capital’s first Balkan restaurant, located at 523 8th Street, SE, will be serving their regular $39 per person, fixed price brunch of unlimited small plates and free-flowing cocktails from 10 a.m. to last call on New Year’s Eve. Later that evening, the restaurant will offer a special dinner menu showcasing the best dishes throughout the Balkan Peninsula with a modern twist. Ambar is offering two seating options, the first is a two-hour seating from 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., which includes unlimited small plates and unlimited pre-selected drinks with New Year’s Eve specials priced at $69 per person (tax and gratuity not included). The second seating, from 9 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., is priced at $99 per person to dine in the main dining room or $79 per person for bar seats (tax and gratuity not included), and includes unlimited small plates and unlimited pre-selected drinks with New Year’s Eve specials and a Champagne toast at Midnight. Guests dining during the second seating will enjoy unlimited food and drinks until 12:30 a.m. A cash bar will be available for those wishing to order additional drinks from 12:30 a.m. to Close. The New Year’s Eve menu includes specials such as Truffled Lobster Flatbread, poached lobster, truffle oil and pickled slaw; Tuna Tartar with black butter, red onion & pear slaw and roasted almonds; Kajmak Ravioli with spinach, cherry tomato and lobster sauce; Stuffed Calamari with prosciutto, mozzarella and gremolata; Grilled Octopus with baby spinach, potato and baked pepper & tomato salsa,and Adriatic Risotto with Tiger shrimp, black squid ink, aged parmesan and fish sauce, among others. A DJ will spin lively tunes beginning at 9 p.m.
On New Year’s Day, Ambar will offer their fixed price brunch of unlimited small plates and free-flowing cocktails from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Priced at $39 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, guests can enjoy an all-you-can-eat selection of mezze, soups, salads, sandwiches, egg dishes, pastry & crepes and sweets along with five distinctive brunch cocktails. Unlimited Brunch must be ordered by the entire table. Highlights off the menu include Balkan Salad, tomato, peppers, cucumber, onions and aged cheese; Almond & Walnut Crusted Fried Chicken Sandwich with spring mix and apple-wasabi slaw; Eggs Benedict served on an English muffin with ajvar, prosciutto and Kajmak sauce; the Ham Omelet or Veggie Omelet; Poached Pear Waffle with house-made caramel sauce, or the Steak & Eggs, sirloin served with homemade fried potatoes and chimichurri sauce. Ambar also serves Ham & Cheese or Roasted Mushroom Crepes, plus two types of savory pie, Cheese, with cucumber yogurt and ajvar emulsion,and Meat made with ground pork & beef and marinated pepper. Ambar’s brunch menu is complemented by an endless supply of featured cocktails such as the Traditional Mimosa; Bloody Mary; Ambar Mimosa with Balkan sparkling wine and peach purée; Cherry Mimosa with Balkan sparkling wine cherry purée and lime juice, as well as the Mango Mimosa with Balkan sparkling wine and mango & hibiscus purée. Ambar is also home to Washington’s first Rakia Bar with over 52 varieties of Rakia, a popular Balkan alcoholic beverage produced by the distillation of fermented fruit.
(202) 813-3039 or
On New Year’s Eve, Ambar Clarendon, located at 2901 Wilson Blvd, 22201, will offer their fixed price brunch of unlimited small plates from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Later that evening, the restaurant will offer a special dinner menu showcasing the best dishes throughout the Balkan Peninsula with a modern twist. Ambar is offering two seating options, the first is from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., which includes unlimited small plates and unlimited pre-selected drinks with New Year’s Eve specials priced at $69 per person (tax and gratuity not included). The second seating, from 9 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., is priced at $89 per person to dine in the main dining room or $69 per person for bar seats (tax and gratuity not included), and includes unlimited small plates and unlimited pre-selected drinks with New Year’s Eve specials and a Champagne toast at Midnight. Guests dining during the second seating will enjoy unlimited food and drinks until 12:30 a.m. A cash bar will be available for those wishing to order additional drinks from 12:30 a.m. to Close. The New Year’s Eve menu includes specials such as Truffled Lobster Flatbread, poached lobster, truffle oil and pickled slaw; Tuna Tartar with black butter, red onion & pear slaw and roasted almonds; Kajmak Ravioli with spinach, cherry tomato and lobster sauce; Stuffed Calamari with prosciutto, mozzarella and gremolata; Grilled Octopus with baby spinach, potato and baked pepper & tomato salsa,and Adriatic Risotto with Tiger shrimp, black squid ink, aged parmesan and fish sauce, among others.
On New Year’s Day, Ambar Clarendon will offer their fixed price brunch of unlimited small plates from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Priced at $34 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, guests can enjoy an all-you-can-eat selection of Starters, Pastries & Traditional Dishes, Egg Dishes, Open-Faced Sandwiches, Flatbread's and Sweets along with five distinctive brunch cocktails. Unlimited Brunch must be ordered by the entire table. Highlights off the menu include Beet Tzatziki with yogurt, roasted beets and garlic; Creamy Chicken Spread with roasted sesame seeds, garlic, mayo and cream, served with cornbread and sourdough; Pulled Pork Benedict served on a muffin with ajvar and kajmak sauce; Applewood Bacon Omelet with roasted peppers & tomatoes and a basil-spinach sauce; Cevapi & Egg, house-ground beef & veal with Mediterranean salsa; Grilled Veggie Flatbread with homemade pesto, kalamata olives and seasonal veggies, as well as Blueberry Waffle with blueberry jam and whipped cream. For the perfect pairing, Ambar Clarendon will offer the following featured cocktails priced at 25 cents each: Traditional Mimosa; Bloody Mary; Brunch Aperitivo, fortified wine, orange juice andBalkan sparkling wine; Berry Mimosa andthe Cherry Mimosa with Balkan sparkling wine and mint infused cherry purée.
The Grill Room, located in the Rosewood, Washington D.C. at 1050 31st Street, NW, 20007, will offer guests a feast filled with an expansive array of both modern and traditional dishes highlighting exquisitely fresh and locally sourced cuisine on Saturday, December 31st. The six-course, prix fixe New Year’s Eve menu is priced at $150 per person or $240 with wine pairings (tax and gratuity not included). The menu begins with an amuse bouche followed by a choice of standout dishes such as Octopus Confit with sweet potato hummus and lemon bread crumbs; Mushroom Consommé with squab leg, celery root flan and locally foraged mushrooms; Chestnut Ravioli with parsnip veloute, royal trumpet mushrooms and black truffles; Lobster “Bouillabaisse” with littleneck clams, prawns and saffron broth, as well as Ruby Veal Loin with glazed baby beets, beet purée, bok choy and juniper jus. The evening will conclude with a choice of Dark Chocolate Mousse with passion fruit and mango or the Champagne Granita with grapefruit ganache and mint meringue. A vegetarian option will be available for guests as well. New Year’s Eve at The Grill Room will be served Saturday, December 31st from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
(202) 617-2424, or