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The Procrastinator’s Guide to New Year’s Eve Dining
Still seeking a dinner destination for the last day of the year? Reservations remain at these 38 restaurants.
Seating(s): Tables are still available at 5:30 and 6 PM.
Price: The first three seatings are $120 a person; the second three are $195. There’s also a $60 children’s menu.
Selling point: Well, we like it. Adour received three stars in this magazine’s 100 Best Restaurants list.
Etc.: Call 202-509-8000 to reserve.
America Eats Tavern
Seating(s): 5 and 8:30 PM
Price: The 5 o’clock seating costs $75 a head; the second seating is $150.
Selling point: Who knows if José Andrés’s buzzy pop-up celebrating America’s food heritage will even be here next year? (Andrés recently announced it would continue operating through July 4, at least.) Also, there’s dancing.
Etc.: Call 202-393-0812 for reservations; check out the full menu here.
Ardeo + Bardeo
Seating(s): A smattering of tables are free throughout the evening.
Price: $65 for the four-course menu. An à-la-carte dinner menu is available before 7:30.
Selling point: Relaxation. At Ashok Bajaj’s adjoined Cleveland Park eateries, a New Year’s Eve dinner will still feel like a special occasion, but in a nice, neighborhood way.
Etc: Call 202-244-6750 to reserve.
Art and Soul
Seating(s): 5:30 to 7 and 7:30 PM are still open.
Price: The first seating costs $75; the second costs $85.
Selling Point: Free Champagne toast and party favors.
Etc.: Call the restaurant at 202-393-7777. A valid credit card will be required to secure your reservation.
Blue Duck Tavern
Seating(s): Dinner is sold out, but there’s room for more at the party in the lounge, which begins at 9 PM and wraps up around 2 AM.
Price: $165 per person
Selling Point: This bash boasts an open bar, live music, tapas-style small plates, desserts, and a simulated ball drop in an elegant hotel space.
Etc.: Call 202-419-6755 to reserve.
Seating(s): Ask about early seatings (i.e., around 5:30 PM) and late ones (after 9).
Price: The three-course meal at 5:30 is $90 per person ($175 with wine pairing); the six-course tasting menu at 8:30 is $110 ($175 with pairing).
Selling point: Scene-y-ness. Dressing to impress is advisable.
Etc.: Call 202-944-2026 to reserve.
Seating(s): Table 12 (the chef’s table) has space at two seatings, 6 and 9 PM; the dining room has random availability throughout the evening.
Price: 12 courses at table 12 are $75 or $105 with wine pairing; there’s à-la-carte service and a $60 four-course menu in the dining room.
Selling Point: Complimentary prosciutto carved tableside, and a Prosecco toast.
Etc.: Call 202-629-2505 for reservations.
Cashion’s Eat Place
Seating(s): Reservations remain for seatings between 5:45 and 6:45 PM.
Price: It’s $85 for a special five-course menu.
Selling point: Cashion’s boasts one of the city’s loveliest bars, an elegant location as any to receive that midnight kiss.
Etc.: Call 202-797-1819 to reserve.
Seating(s): A lucky party of five could snag a table at 6, 7, or 8; there’s only one table of four left at 9:15.
Price: The earlier dinner costs $140 per person with an $80 wine pairing; the later one is $175 with a $115 wine pairing.
Selling point: If you’ve always wanted to try this standard-setting fine-dining spot but were waiting for an occasion, NYE seems like a great time to take the plunge.
Etc.: Call 202-625-2150 to reserve.
Seating(s): There are still tables between 5:30 and 6:30.
Price: A six-course tasting menu is $185 per person.
Selling Point: You’ll be dining at one of the city’s best restaurants, located in one of its most luxurious hotels. What else do you need?
Etc.: Call this number to reserve: 202-787-6006
Co Co. Sala
Seating(s): The later seatings at 8 and 10 PM still have a few tables.
Price: $125 or $185 for a six-course special menu (each course is designed to entice one of the six senses) with wine pairing.
Selling point: Those who opt for the prix fixe (there are à-la-carte menus available at the early seating) can stay for a free Champagne toast and dancing.
Etc.: E-mail email@example.com to reserve.
Cork Wine Bar
Seating(s): There are a smattering of tables throughout the evening, plus a NYE bash starting at 11 (no reservations are taken for the latter, so get there early to guarantee entry).
Price: À la carte
Selling Point: BYO bubbly to the party starting at 11; complimentary snacks will be offered as the ball drops.
Etc.: Call 202-265-2675 for dinner reservations.
Seating(s): Spaces are free between 4:30 to 5:15 PM, and then again between 10 and 11.
Price: The five-course menu is $59 per person before 5:45 (plus a kid’s menu is available), and $75 per person afterward, including a Champagne toast
Selling Point: Plenty of choices for each course, which you can enjoy at a homey neighborhood haunt.
Etc.: Call 202-686-2966 for reservations.
Seating(s): There are still seats for the à-la-carte menus between 5:30 and 7 PM, and for the set menu after 9.
Price: The special eight-course menu is $125, including a Champagne toast.
Selling Point: A Champagne-hued dining room and whimsical Italian fare.
Etc.: Call 202-546-0088 for reservations.
Seating(s): There are still a few tables for smaller parties left throughout the night.
Price: Estadio’s à-la-carte menu will be available all evening. Opt for a four-course tasting menu for $75.
Selling point: Every dinner guests gets a free glass of cava on the 31st.
Etc.: Call 202-319-1404 to reserve.
Seating(s): Open tables are scattered between 5 and 11 PM at this McLean spot.
Price: $65 per person for five courses ($125 with wine pairing).
Selling Point: The cozy dining room makes for an intimate celebration, and you can opt for a limited tapas menu.
Etc.: Call 703-288-4422 to reserve.
Seating(s): 5:30 PM and 9:30 or later are still free.
Price: Chef Fabio Trabocchi’s five-course tasting menu is $125 ($200 with wine pairings).
Selling point: The restaurant’s dapper bar is the perfect place for ordering the first cocktail of 2012.
Etc.: Reserve by calling 202-628-2888.
The Inn at Little Washington
Seating(s): There’s some space at both seatings at 5:30 and 9 PM.
Price: The six-course tasting menu is $190 per person at 5:30 PM; a ten-course menu is $350 per person at 9.
Selling point: Over-the-top elegance in a country inn.
Etc.: Call 540-675-3800 for reservations.
Seating(s): Spaces remain for the early seating between 5 and 6:30 PM.
Price: The first seating is $55 per person with a $25 wine pairing; the second is $125 with a $55 wine pairing.
Selling point: Serious special-occasion food—foie gras brûlée, sautéed Maine lobster, and black truffle fritters.
Etc.: Reserve online or by calling 202-661-2440.
Seating(s): All three locations of José Andrés’s tapas restaurant are featuring a NYE à-la-carte menu all night at the bar. The same menu is available from 5 to 7:30 PM in the dining room. Beginning at 8:30, you can get in on an unlimited tapas menu.
Price: The unlimited tapas menu is $85 per person.
Selling Point: Come to eat, stay for the party: Live deejays start spinning at 10:30 PM.
Etc.: Call your location of choice to reserve; a credit card number is required.
Kushi Isakaya & Sushi
Seating(s): A handful of tables are available, most on the earlier side.
Price: $55 for a five-course menu; $75 for six courses; sake pairing is available for $20.
Selling Point: Eclectic Japanese fare starts the night off on the lighter side, and there’s a vegetarian tasting menu.
Etc.: Call the restaurant at 202-682-3123 for reservations.
Lebanese Taverna (Bethesda location)
Seating(s): The Bethesda branch of Lebanese Taverna will be serving up its à-la-carte menu from 5 to 8 PM. At 9, the “Mezza Madness” party begins, featuring unlimited mezze, belly dancing, and a Champagne toast.
Selling Point: Did we mention the belly dancing?
Price: Mezza Madness is $65 per person.
Etc.: Call 301-951-8681 to reserve.
Seating(s): Spots are still open at 6 and 6:15.
Price: Seatings through 8:15 are $60 per person. A wine pairing is $50 per person at all of the seatings. The price includes a Champagne toast and unspecified “treats.”
Selling point: Unspecified treats!
Etc.: Call 202-797-7171 to reserve.
Seating(s): Tables of two to five can find spots for both seatings, from 5 to 7 PM and 8 to 11 PM
Price: The first seating has a three-course menu for $35 (wine pairing is $20); at the second seating can get the same menu or a 5 course lineup for $55 (pairing is $25, plus a champagne toast).
Selling Point: The cozy dining room makes for an intimate NYE, and you can opt for a limited tapas menu.
Etc.: Call 202-448-8005 for reservations.
Seating(s): About 20 tables are left for 6:30 and earlier or 9 PM and later.
Price: À-la-carte menu; five-courses for $75; seven courses for $95 (wine pairings are $35 and $45, respectively).
Selling Point: Options!
Etc.: Call 301-718-0550 for reservations.
Oyamel Cocina Mexicana
Seating(s): Call quickly! Four tables are left between 5:30 and 6.
Price: The earlier seating features a four-course prix fixe, which costs $59. The second seating, from 8 to 10 PM, costs $74 and includes a five-course meal.
Selling point: Available alongside your meal: a five-course Champagne tasting for $35 per person, or a cocktail tasting for $30.
Etc.: Call 202-628-1005 to reserve. View the full menu on Oyamel’s Web site.
Seating(s): In the dining room, a few spots are left later in the evening; and in the cafe on the early side.
Price: Four-course menus are offered in the formal dining room and the more casual cafe; those are $125 and $65, respectively.
Selling Point: We’re fans! Palena ranked fifth in this magazine’s Top 100 Restaurant issue.
Etc.: Call 202-537-9250 for reservations
Seating(s): No sit-down dinner. The restaurant is celebrating its first New Year’s Eve with passed apps and a cocktail bar in the downstairs dining room and the Black Jack bar upstairs. Tickets are still on sale!
Selling Point: Beer, wine, frozen drinks, and punches are included in the price, and deejays will be spinning all night.
Etc.: Buy tickets here.
Seating(s): A smattering of tables are available between 5:30 and 7:30 PM and from 8 onward. There are also still spaces available for the “Roast and Toast” Champagne party in the atrium and the outdoor winter bar from 8:30 PM to 2 AM.
Price: A three-course dinner is $55 for the first seating, and $70 from 8 PM on. The party, which features an open bar and passed appetizers (oyster shooters, tête de cochon sliders), costs $95 per person.
Selling Point: This atrium party may be the way to go, what with featured cocktails like This Little Piggy, made with bacon-infused bourbon, and hot chocolate with “fire marshmallow.”
Etc.: Call 202-783-6060 to reserve. A credit card is needed to book the reservation.
Seating(s): A few tables are left around 5:30 PM.
Price: The regular menu at this Gallery Place eatery will be on offer on NYE, as will a special four-course, $95 tasting meal.
Selling point: As at sister eatery Estadio, guests of Proof will receive a complimentary glass of bubbly. Tasting-menu diners get a free glass of the really good stuff.
Etc.: Reserve by calling 202-737-7663.
Seating(s): There are tables available throughout the evening.
Price: A four-course menu (with cocktail pairings!) is $65 per person.
Selling Point: Cocktail pairings! Plus a Champagne cuptail.
Etc.: Call 202-742-8550 for reservations.
Seating(s): Parties of two and four can find seats between 6:30 and 7:30, and a few at 10:15.
Price: $95 for a five-course dinner and cocktail hour.
Selling Point: A James Bond–themed cocktail party is included in the price of dinner; arrive an hour earlier than your reservation to partake.
Etc.: Call 301-656-5515 for reservations.
Seating(s): There are still a smattering of tables throughout the evening.
Price: A five-course menu is $75 per person between 5:30 and 6 PM, and $90 later in the evening.
Selling Point: A pull-out-all-the-stops lineup (lobster! truffles!), plus the bar is open until at least 3 AM for post-supper sipping.
Etc.: Call 202-244-7995 for reservations.
Seating(s): There’s availability past 6 PM.
Price: A $95, four-course dinner features contemporary takes on 1920s-era dishes. Included in the price is a Roaring Twenties–style cocktail party; flapper dress is optional.
Selling Point: Parties of six or more receive a free bottle of sparkling wine with dinner.
Etc.: Find reservation information and more details here.
Seating(s): All evening
Price: Choose between a five-course tasting menu for $125 and a seven-course menu for $150.
Selling point: Glamorous digs, delicious dumplings.
Etc.: To reserve, call 202-637-6100.
Seating(s): A few tables are free between 5 and 7, but there are a good number of spaces from 4 to 5 and after 9 PM.
Price: $95 per person for three courses.
Selling point: Foie gras is involved.
Etc.: Call 703-270-1500 to reserve.
Seating(s): All evening; guests who reserve a table for 7:30 or earlier receive a free bottle of Simonet Blanc de Blancs Champagne with dinner. There are smaller two- and four-tops at 5:30, nothing from 7 to 8:45, and from 9 on tables are open.
Price: $55 for five courses.
Selling Point: Good Champagne means a more tolerable hangover, and on NYE, Facebook fans of Urbana can order Veuve Clicquot for $10 a glass at the bar.
Etc.: Call the restaurant at 202-956-6650.
Seating(s): 5:30 to 7 PM and 8 PM to 11 PM
Price: Through 7 PM, diners order à la carte or design their own five-course menus. At 8, the restaurant will begin serving a six-course, $95 meal. There will be a wine-pairing option for an additional price.
Selling point: Not a Champagne fan? Vidalia makes a first-rate mint julep.
Etc.: Call 202-659-1990 to reserve.