Party on New Year's Eve
The 10 Top Spots for a New Year's Bash
You can get “A Taste of Rogue 24: New Year’s Eve” and celebrate the New Year at a cocktail party with James Beard and award-winning Chef RJ Cooper. Mixologist Derek Brown makes an appearance here, too, supplying the beautifully blended drinks and bubbly. The party lasts from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and tickets are $150 a head. Go to Rogue24.com to buy yours. Beforehand, the restaurant will be serving its signature 24-course dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Call 202-408-9724 to make reservations. 922 N Street NW (Rear)
In the swanky and private Columbia Room at The Passenger, restaurant owner and master mixologist Derek Brown, along with Chef Joe Rumberger, will be hosting a special New Year’s Eve Dinner. For $150 per person, enjoy a five-course meal in this intimate setting. Although there are two seatings at 6 and 9 p.m., space is very limited and sure to fill up fast. Go to PassengerDC.com to buy tickets. If you don’t make it in time, don’t fear. Up front in The Passenger, a $10 cover charge at the door will get you the entertainment of a live DJ and a champagne toast at midnight. 1021 7th Street, NW
$200 per person is a small price to pay when it comes to to-die-for Italian cuisine. This New Year’s Eve at Fiola, feast on a five-course tasting menu with wine pairings, including Aspic of Dungeness Crab and Norcia Black Truffle, Foie Gras and Artichoke Hearts, and Roman Style Duck “Apicius” and Griottines Cherry. Yum. Go to FiolaDC.com to make reservations. Tables are filling up quickly!
601 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Pearl Dive is celebrating its first New Year’s Eve in the District in style with its “Black Jack/Pearl Dive New Year’s Eve Party,” which is hosted in collaboration with Black Jack, its chic upstairs neighbor. The party will feature two DJ’s, a dance party upstairs, lounge atmosphere downstairs and two open bars (one for liquor and one for oysters). Doors will open at 8 p.m. and don’t close till 2:30 a.m., and only 300 tickets are available. But hurry! On Dec. 15 the price increases from $150 to $175 per person. 1612 14th St NW
Fittingly named for the English navigator and explorer Henry Hudson, Hudson Restaurant & Lounge is always looking toward the horizon in search of unique, contemporary cuisine. However, on New Years Eve, Hudson is looking back to the 1960s, with a “Mad Men New Years Eve” party. This one-of-a-kind bash will include an open bar, appetizers and a champagne toast to ring in 2012—or 1963—in style. There’s never been a better excuse to dust off that pinstripe suit and polyester dress. The theme is optional, but please keep it classy. Get your ticket before December 20th and get $20 off. Tickets after December 20 are $120. 1425 P Street, NW
In conjunction with the Newseum’s New Year’s Eve Headliners Ball, The Source is offering a seven-course prix fixe dinner featuring their signature pan-Asian cuisine. Tickets to the ball are $180 for museum members and $195 for non-members; the festivities go on all night from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Of course, guests who aren’t attending the ball are welcome at The Source – call 202-637-6100 to make your reservations.
575 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Bistro du Coin
Any Francophile knows that Bistro du Coin offers the most authentic French experience in DC. The house wine by the glass, the noisy atmosphere and the frenetic hustle and bustle—not to mention the cassoulet—transport guests around the world. And on New Year’s, they up the ante. Come drink, dine and dance like an expatriate in the 1920s. Who knows—have enough fun and you might even run into Papa Hemingway. 1738 Connecticut Avenue NW
Dave Varley, Executive Chef of Bourbon Steak, is a master of his domain. His fish and beef plates are some of the city’s best, so why not luxuriate in the world class comfort cuisine on New Year’s Eve? The restaurant is offering two seatings with set menus. The first seating is $90 per person, and the second seating is $175 per person. Get your reservations before they run out! 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Head to Graffiato in Chinatown, where acclaimed chef Mike Isabella will be serving “dinner as usual”—which is far from ordinary—starting at 5:00 p.m. Make a toast with the prosecco on tap, and warm up with a signature Hot in the City cocktail, made with house-pressed pear cider, Jefferson’s Rye, winter spices and an apple chip. New Year’s Eve reservations can only be made by calling 202.289.3600. 707 6th St NW
Café Milano will be serving their upscale Italian cuisine when the ball drops, offering two seatings on New Year’s Eve, at 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. The 6 o’clock seating lets you choose from the restaurant’s a la carte menu. The 9 o’clock seating, at $125 a head, offers a multiple-course set menu and includes New Year’s champagne. A DJ and live band will be performing, and a surprise theme is in the works. 3251 Prospect Street NW