The Source by Wolfgang Puck
Two seatings in this celeb-headlined restaurant are scheduled in the upstairs dining room. The first ($65) will be served at 5:30, 6, and 6:30; the second ($95) will be at 8, 8:30, and 9. On the menu are veal sweetbreads with drunken noodles and coconut-peanut sauce, Kobe short ribs with kabocha squash, and tandoori wild salmon with eggplant masala. The later seating includes unlimited wine and Champagne, passed appetizers, and music until midnight in the downstairs lounge. For the lounge party but not dinner, the cover charge is $50.
Chef Eric Ziebold’s newest culinary venture will offer a $75 three-course prix-fixe menu. There’ll be a number of choices for each course.
Sushi-Ko Chevy Chase
At this sleek fishhouse, the $125 cover includes salmon confit, flounder carpaccio; hors d’oeuvres, such as fried oysters, beef skewers, potstickers; and house wines, beer, and cocktails. DJ Freedom is spinning until 2, and there’s a Champagne toast at midnight.
Several selections from chef Barry Koslow’s usual à la carte menu will be available as well as a $70 five-course tasting menu. You can sample dishes such as tarragon-spiked lobster-and-scallop taglierini, pan-roasted foie gras with kumquat preserves, and huckleberry-almond cake with buttermilk ice cream. A wine pairing is $30, or $50 for an “ultimate” pairing.
The first seating at this new restaurant, from 5:30 to 6:30, offers three courses for $75 per person. The second seating, $125 per person, lasts from 8:30 to 9:30 and includes access to the after-dinner “winter garden” party with music, late-night snacks, and a cash bar plus a Champagne toast at midnight. Both menus feature dishes such as a chilled scallop with apple-wasabi sorbet and a beef tenderloin with trumpet mushrooms and Jerusalem artichokes. If you’d like to skip dinner but attend the after-party, the cover charge is $20. Call for reservations.
There are two seatings at this elegant Falls Church restaurant: The early one, from 4:30 to 6:30, offers a $95 three-course menu. It begins with such appetizers as burrata ravioli with Provençal black truffles; foie gras with pumpkin bread and pear; and hamachi tartare with blood orange and fennel. Main courses include steamed onaga (a Hawaiian fish) with vermouth sauce and roasted cauliflower as well as pan-seared snapper with shrimp/taro-root crust and ginger-turmeric broth. For dessert, there’s pear soufflé with eggnog ice cream; coconut-water granité with lemongrass panna cotta; or warm-chocolate cake with Earl Grey ice cream. The second seating, from 8 to 10, features a truffle-heavy seven-course menu for $135. It begins with canapés and sea-scallop “black tie” with duck consommé. Additional courses include braised oxtail with huckleberry jus; and Japanese Kobe beef with Kobe tartare and pine-nut oil (add caviar for an extra $55). Dessert is a vanilla meringue with grapefruit sorbet and rose-hip marmalade. Call 703-270-1500 for reservations.
Local ingredients have been incorporated into chef Tony Chittum’s four-course New Year’s menu: The rockfish is from Virginia and served with regional oysters, and the lamb chops—with sausage, Brussels sprouts, and two mustards—are from Pennsylvania. The dinner is $85 per person and begins with seasonal canapés.
Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro
The $125 four-course menu, which include a Champagne toast and after-dinner jazz, includes such dishes as salmon carpaccio with wasabi and lime, consommé with roasted duck, and butter-poached lobster. Seatings are scheduled from 5:30 to 7 and 9 to 11; click here for reservations. A special overnight package, available for $299, includes dinner for two plus a one-night suite stay at the Westin Reston Heights hotel, a bottle of Champagne, and breakfast in bed on New Year’s Day. To reserve, call 703-391-9000.
Westend Bistro by Eric Ripert
Ripert’s usual menu is joined by several special à la carte options: a ravioli appetizer with chestnuts and squash, salad with langoustine and foie gras, braised lamb shank, and a chocolate-vanilla soufflé with rum ice cream. Each dish is individually priced; entrées range from $16 to $32.
The four-course dinner at this Latin/Asian fusion restaurant is $59 from 5 to 8 and $79 from 8 to midnight. The menu is sharing-friendly and includes Peking-duck tacos with foie gras as well as braised short ribs with Oaxaca-cheese potatoes, mushrooms, and dragon sauce. The second seating includes a midnight Champagne toast and Latin music starting at 8. If you’re not eating but want to join the party, the cover—which also includes the midnight toast—is $20.
There are three- ($45), four- ($55), and five-course ($75) menus at this Penn Quarter spot. Expect dishes such as chive pancakes with crème fraîche and American caviar; Riesling-glazed quail with tater tots; and veal sweetbreads with golden raisins and creamed spinach. For dessert, there’s a passionfruit-chocolate tart with ginger tuiles. The five-course dinner includes a glass of Champagne. Reservations are available from 5 to midnight.