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How Restaurants Are Ringing in the New Year
Comments () | Published December 28, 2009
Mie N Yu
At this Georgetown pan-Asian hot spot, there’ll be a $65 three- or $100 five-course menu. Diners can choose between Near East (Sri Lankan, Nepalese, Afghan) or Far East (Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese) cuisine. Dishes include Sri Lankan coconut curry with local chicken; gul jeon pancakes with Chesapeake Bay oysters; jasmine-rice pudding with cardamom, rosewater, and almond crisps; and sticky-rice cakes with lotus seeds, dates, and candied ginger. Wine pairings are an additional $25 and Champagne pairings are $35. The price of the five-course menu includes complimentary Champagne at midnight. Diners can enjoy the Silk Road Celebration, starting at 9, with music from the ’80s and ’90s, Champagne cocktails, martinis, and party favors. For those who’d like to attend the party but aren’t eating dinner, there’s a $10 cover charge.  

New Heights
At this Woodley Park American restaurant, there are three- ($60) and four-course ($70) menus. Expect dishes such as duck confit with rutabaga mousse; squid-ink risotto with dried cranberries; and a roasted guinea-hen breast with caramelized-onion soubise, polenta, and a foie-gras emulsion. For dessert, there’s a bittersweet-chocolate tart with passionfruit meringue as well as jasmine-tea mousse served with wine-glazed mango. Dinner hours start at 5:30. Click here for reservations.

Occidental
The $75 three-course, prix fixe menu at Occidental features such dishes as cauliflower soup with trout roe, scallops with leeks and cranberry reduction, and venison loin with black-walnut purée and Swiss chard. There’s a chocolate-coconut pyramid and chocolate-walnut cake for dessert. Dinner hours start at 5; make reservations online or by phone.

Oval Room
At this downtown DC dining room, the $85 five-course menu includes dishes such as pastrami-cured Kampachi with hot mustard and tomato jam; skate topped with artichokes, blood oranges, chorizo, and black olives; and a tasting of chocolate and exotic fruit. To make reservations, which start at 5:30, click here or call the restaurant.
Potenza
Chef Bryan Moscatello is serving three New Year’s menus: a three-course ($40), a four-course ($50), and a five-course ($65). Expect house-cured and imported salumi, hand-cut saffron egg noodles with lobster, and lamb loin with Pecorino Grand Cru polenta. Desserts include white-truffle panna cotta and baked doughnuts. The menu is available from 5 to midnight. 

Proof
Executive chef Haidar Karoum has four courses on his $95 prix fixe menu, including a bouillabaisse with Thai lobster and bouchot mussels and a sake-glazed sablefish with smoked eel and poached egg. There are two dessert options—a bittersweet chocolate crepe with dulce de leche mousse or a cheese plate. Wine pairings are available for $45 per person. For reservations, which begin at 5, click here.

Rasika
At this inventive Indian hot spot, the menu includes tandoor-grilled appetizers such as masala-marinated venison boti kebabs and samudri seekh—made with minced crab, salmon, and shrimp. Entrées include fish anaari in pomegranate-yogurt sauce and chicken pista korma, spiced with mace and green cardamom. Dinner hours start at 5. Click here for reservations.

Redwood
The $65 four-course menu at this sprawling restaurant includes lobster-and-baby-artichoke ragoût, foie gras terrine with oxtail marmalade, and a Valrhona chocolate-pudding cake. There’ll be favors, live music, and a midnight Champagne toast. An à la carte menu is available in the main dining room until 7:15 and all evening at the bar. Seatings are from 5 to 11. A wine pairing is $29.

Roof Terrace Restaurant at the Kennedy Center
The $95 four-course dinner includes live jazz and tickets to the Kennedy Center’s grand-foyer celebration from 11 PM to 1 AM, with music from the Salon Orchestra of Washington and Full Swing. The menu includes a seafood martini with avocado-mango vinaigrette, wild salmon with jasmine rice and fried parsnips, and ratatouille napoleon Provençal with fontina and pepper coulis. The price includes Chandon California Brut and chocolate truffles. Call for reservations, which start at 5.
Rustico
At this Alexandria restaurant, the party—$55 in advance, $65 at the door—includes a DJ, passed pizzas and hors d’oeuvres, and four “food action stations.” From 7 to 11, there’ll be couscous carbonara, orecchiette with meatballs, and sirloin. The festivities continue until 2 with a cash bar. The dinner includes one beer or cocktail for a midnight toast.

701
At this contemporary American restaurant, chef Adam Longworth is serving an à la carte menu (from 5 to 7) and a $100 four-course tasting menu (including live jazz and a Champagne toast) with seatings beginning at 8. The tasting menu starts with choices such as seared foie gras with pineapple-and-tangerine reduction; tuna sashimi with pickled jalapeño; and king-crab salad with cream-cheese wonton. Next, there are scallops with oranges, grapes, and balsamic-brown-butter as well as seared halibut with tamarind glaze and coconut emulsion. A meat course with Wagyu beef, lamb, or maple-glazed duck follows, and a sampler of desserts will end the meal. Call 202-393-0701 for reservations.

1789
This Georgetown institution is putting out an indulgent five-course dinner, which includes roasted foie gras with chestnut polenta, chestnuts, and kumquats; lobster with vanilla-scented parsnip purée; veal with chanterelles and black Périgord truffle; and a cheese plate of extra-aged Pleasant Ridge Reserve, house-made membrillo, and Marcona almonds. Dessert is a sampler with bittersweet-chocolate terrine, apple strudel, and vanilla crème caramel. The price, $85 per person, includes noisemakers, hats, beads, streamers, and a Champagne toast at midnight. Add wine pairings for an extra $40. Seating is available from 5 to 11, and valet parking is free. Call 202-965-1789 for reservations.

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