This weekend is the last one of the year. Saturday is New Year’s Eve, and Sunday is the first day of 2012. Here are some of the many dining options available for that last night of the outgoing year:
In Georgetown, Michel Richard’s Citronelle (3000 M St. NW, 202/625-2150) is offering a four
course meal for $140 (wine pairings $80) for the first seating at 5:30 or 6 p.m.; the second seating at 8:30, 9 or 9:30 is for a five-course meal for $175 (wine pairings $115). There will be dancing in the lounge, a champagne toast at midnight and other treats.
Chef Richard’s Central will celebrate its fifth birthday on New Year’s Eve with a special dinner served from 5 to 11:30 p.m., accompanied by live jazz.
At Marcel’s (2401 Pennsylvania Ave.NW,, 202/2296-1166), a four-course dinner for $125 will be offered at the first seating from 5 to 7 p.m. The second seating, beginning at 8 p.m., is priced at $199 and offers a five-course dinner. Dinners include cauliflower flan, Maine lobster, crab cakes Dover sole or rack of lamb and a choice of desserts. The five-course meal also includes foie gras and veal cheeks.
At Primi Piatti on I Street, NW, Chef/owner Savino offers a seven course dinner and a magic show for $95.
In the Dupont Circle area, Urbana Restaurant and Wine Bar’s (2121 P St.NW, 202/956-6650) Chef John Critchley will offer a five-course prix-fixe menu for $55, with an additional $30 for wine pairings. Glasses of “the widow” – Veuve Clicquot – will be available at the bar for $10. The menu will also be available a la carte and includes such dishes as chestnut soup, oyster stew, gnocchi with oxtail ragout, foie gras, leg of lamb and seared scallops.
The Blue Duck Tavern in the Park Hyatt Hotel at 24th and M Streets, NW (202/419-6755) also offers two seatings for dinner on New Year’s Eve. The first seating, available from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., will feature a three-course, a la carte menu priced at $75 per person. The second seating, starting at 8:30 will consist of a three-course menu, priced at $110.
Downtown, at PS7’s (777 I St.NW, 202/742-8550), the New Year’s Eve four-course dinner is priced at $65 per person, including cocktail tastings. Dinner service begins at 5:30 p.m. and the menu will be available all evening.
Poste Moderne Brasserie (555 8th St.NW, 202/783-6060) offers two options to ring in the new year: a “roast and toast” ball in the restaurant’s atrium with passed appetizers highlighting signature dishes from Chef Dennis Marron’s new menu,and a variety of champagne and cocktails; and a prix fixe menu in the dining room. The “roast and toast” party begins at 8:30 p.m. and continues until 2 a.m. Tickets are $95. Dinner in the dining room consists of a three-course menu, offered at the first seating between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. for $55, and $70 for the second seating at 8 p.m.
Across the Potomac in Alexandria, Bastille’s (1201 N. Royal St., 703/519-3776) chef offers the classic French new year’s greeting to “a good year and good health” with culinary overtones. The six-course menu, priced at $115 ($165 with wine pairings) features the best of the season from land, sea and air. The restaurant will be open during normal hours with open reservations throughout the evening.
Jackson 20 (703/842-2790) will host its fourth annual “Roaring 20s at Jackson 20”, taking guests back to the 1920s with vintage-inspired cocktail specials, music and staff dressed the part. The restaurant’s American fare will be available a la carte, as well as a four-course prix fixe menu for $65. Dinner guests will receive a complimentary glass of champagne upon arrival, and a champagne toast at midnight. Gangster suits and flapper dresses are encouraged but not required.
Not to be forgotten is New Year’s Day when a dish of black-eyed peas is part of the Southern tradition of celebration. For diners reserving a table at Acadiana (901 New York Ave.NW, 202/408-8848) on New Year’s Eve, Chef Jeff Tunks offers pre-ordered black-eyed peas and collard greens for $10.
At Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery (1515 Courthouse Road, Arlington, 703/243-2410), Chef David Guas will start the new year with a special of 18 hour black-eyed peas with country ham and collard greens on Sunday, January 1st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.