Here’s the thing about New Year’s Eve: it’s a nightmare to plan and it usually doesn’t live up to its hype. The fact of the matter is, unless you’re going to a house party that you already know is going to be a fabulous time, many of the hotel and club/lounge parties are far more effort than they’re worth. The solution? Go to a fabulous dinner with friends and family and call it a night! Most Washington restaurants have announced great pre-fixe menus for the big night and here are a few of my favorites! Just make your reservations soon – most spots are already filling up!
This downtown Cocina Mexicana (and one of my favorite restaurants in the city) is taking reservations from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM for a four-course prix fixe dinner ($59), and reservations from 8-10 PM for a five-course prix fixe dinner ($74). A Champagne tasting for $35/pp and wine and cocktail tasting for $30/pp is also offered. And after dinner, enjoy live music by Rudy Gonzalez y su Locura performing salsa, merengue, cumbia and jazz hits from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. 401 7th Street NW 202.628.1005
This super-fabulous steakhouse, located in the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown, is offering a very posh six-course NYE menu priced at $175 per person with an additional $95 including wine pairings. And if Chef Michael Mina’s menu is a little too pricey for you, the first seating will be available from 5:30 – 6:30 PM and will offer a three-course menu for $90 per person. Or, you can head to Bourbon Steak on New Year’s Day for a Holiday Brunch ($80/pp. $40/child). Four Seasons Hotel at 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. 202.944.2026.
Co Co. Sala
If you eat good chocolate on New Year’s Eve, you’ll eat good chocolate all year long (I’m not sure if that’s a real saying, but it should be). This delicious downtown restaurant will be serving a six-course menu aimed at “awaking” your senses. The $125/pp menu ($185 with wine pairing), which ends with Co Co. Sala’s famous chocolate desserts, begins at 8:30 pm and includes a glass of bubbly, party favors, and a DJ. Reservations before 8:30 PM can enjoy the tasting menu a la carte. 929 F Street NW 202.347.4265
One of my favorite wine bars, this Penn Quarter restaurant will be offering a four-course tasting menu, which will feature caviar and lobster (yum!) for 95/person. And if you’re not in the mood for the tasting menu, the restaurant will also be serving their regular menu. Best of all, all New Year’s Eve diners will receive a complimentary glass of Champagne with an ultra premium Champagne for guests who opt for the tasting menu. 775 G Street, NW 202-737-7663
Another one of my favorite Penn Quarter spots, Zaytinya’s NYE will feature a fire dancer and a DJ spinning music late into the evening. There will be two dinner seatings; the first includes a complete a la carte menu from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The second seating will enjoy a five-course prix fixe menu priced at $65 per person or a six-course Chef’s Experience tasting menu for $80 a person. Both menus include a complimentary glass of sparkling wine for toasting, as well as the choice of either a cheese or dessert. 701 9th Street, NW. 202.638.0800