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Ring-A-Ding, Ding NYE (& Day!) 2013

Ring-A-Ding, Ding: How you ring in 2013 is completely your call: Romatic dinner for two; celeb-chef, multi-course feast with friends or rocking out to live music with craft cocktails. However you do, TheListAreYouOnIt.com  has all the information on who is shaking, baking and making the first night of 2013 a night you won’t soon forget. NYE dances and dinners are happening all over the DC Metro Area. Something will speak to you.  And, don’t think January 1, 2013 is an afterthought …. it’s not.  Just check out our constantly updated, Ring-A-Ding, Ding NYE (& Day!) 2013 page of foodie-fueled happenings and you’re sure to kick off the new year right. As NYE & Day information keeps pouring in. We’ll be updating you daily with all the latest. Keep coming back for more:


Al Dente — Ring in the New Year at Al Dente with Chef Roberto‘s authentic Italian cuisine and the finale at midnight, “The Great Panettone” served with warm zabaglione and prosecco. The full a la carte menu will be offered until 8:00pm with all Chef Roberto’s specialties, including house made pastas, fresh fish, pizzas and more. Beginning at 9:30pm Chef Roberto will prepare a New Year’s Eve menu abundant with the aromas and tastes of Italy. It includes four courses for $55 per person, plus tax and gratuity. The menu will have three choices within each of the first three courses, including house made winter sausage “Cotechino” served with braised Umbrian lentils, Gnocchi with lobster sauce, agnolotti “del plin” filled with three meats in butter sage veal jus, roasted rack of lamb with fried artichokes sauce, and roasted filet of rock fish with tomato, black olives and capers. As a finale at midnight everyone will enjoy the 10-kilo Panettone as dessert served with warm zabaglione. Additional wine pairings with the menu are $25 and $35. The DJ kicks off at 10:00pm, and there will be music and dancing until the wee hours, plus the midnight toast with hats and lots of noise.  3201 New Mexico Avenue, NW; 202.244.2223

Art and Soul — Head to Art and Soul‘s Mad Men-themed New Year’s Eve celebration with a special three-course dinner menu inspired by 1960’s-era food, including potato blini with sturgeon caviar, beef Wellington, and Muscovy duck a l’orange. Enjoy live music by the Jeremy Carlstedt Quartet, party favors, and a complimentary champagne toast. The first seating is from 5:00 to 7:00pm and $75 per person, the second is from 8:00 to 11:30pm and 485 per person. Beverage pairings are optional. For a more casual option, ArtBar will serve the New Year’s Eve dinner menu a la carte until midnight, along with champagne, sparkling wine and cocktails until 2:00am. ’60’s garb is encouraged, but not required.  (415 New Jersey Avenue NW; 202.393.7777)


Bandolero: Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Bandolero‘s all-inclusive “Mexican Cowboy Countdown” bash in Georgetown. The party will include passed hors d’oeuvres and stations, along with margaritas, cocktails, cava, beer and wine. Food service stops at midnight, but drinks will be flowing and a DJ will be spinning until 2:00am. Entrance is $150 per person, inclusive of food, beverages, tax and gratuity. If you arrive after the ball drops, you can enjoy all-inclusive cocktails, cava, beer and wine for $50. Reservations required for those attending before midnight.  (3241 M Street NW; 202.625.4488)


Big Night DC New Year’s Eve Extravaganza: Go to one of the largest New Year’s Eve Gala’s in America this year, with live bands, DJs, dance floors, food and beverage stations, casino games, karaoke, party favors, and more. Party DC & HiBall Events is offering two ticket options for revelers: General Admission tickets, which are $109.99 now and will rise to $169 as the night approaches, with includes open bar, food, and access to nine party areas and ballrooms, including four dance floors. VIP ticket holders will enjoy upgraded top shelf drinks, a heavy hors d’oeuvres buffet, private casino lounge, upgraded party favors, and seating areas. VIP tickets are $169.99 now and will rise to $219 as the night approaches. The Gaylord National Hotel will be offering a special room rate starting at $189/night for party goers. Rooms can be booked via www.bignightdc.com. Live bands that will be performing on the Dewey Band Stage include Mr. Greengenes and Kristen & The Noise. DJ Pat Premier, DJ Lil’ Fos, DJ Beach and DJ Kwest will be spinning you into 2013. For tickets, show information, and an updated list of confirmed acts, visit BigNightDC.com.  (201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD; www.bignightdc.com)


Birch & Barley is mixing it up this year as well. Chefs Kyle Bailey and Tiffany MacIsaac will be creating two distinct New Year’s Eve pre-fixe menus each dotted with decadence and a few surprises that will undoubtedly send 2012 out with a bang. Choose from a three-course menu with a few choices for each course at $50 per person or a six-course tasting menu for $95. Each menu will be available with exceptional beer pairings for $15 and $35, hand-selected by Beer Director Greg Engert. After dinner, guests have the option of joining the party upstairs at ChurchKey for $75 per person. Reservations will be accepted from 5:30 to 9:00pm.  (1337 14th Street NW; 202.567.2576)


BLT Steak — BLT Steak is greeting guests on New Year’s Eve in all-out luxury: with a Champagne and caviar cart. The indulgent cart will feature a selection of three different osetra and domestic caviars and six sparklers including vintage Dom Perignon and grower Champagnes which will range from $20-$80 by the glass. Chef Jon Mathieson has also created an extravagant NYE Blackboard menu featuring truffle-heavy dishes like their surf & turf with filet mignon, Maine lobster, French truffles, the pan seared Day Boat scallop with foie gras and Savoy cabbage fondue, or a truffle duo of soup and risotto. Guests can order a la carte or choose the three-course prix fixe menu for $60 per person. Seatings will be available through 11:00pm with a Champagne toast at midnight. (1625 I Street NW; 202.689.8999)


Blue Duck Tavern: Celebrate the New Year in good taste at Blue Duck Tavern, offering two seatings for dinner on New Year’s Eve. The first seating, available at 5:30 pm, will feature a three-course, a la carte menu priced at $75 per person or $145 with an optional wine champagne pairing (exclusive of tax and gratuity). A second seating, starting at 8:30 pm, will consist of a three-course, a la carte menu, with a champagne toast at midnight, priced at $110 per person or $175 with an optional wine pairing champagne pairing (exclusive of tax and gratuity). Gather with friends for a more intimate dining experience at Blue Duck Tavern’s private Chef’s Table for an intimate celebration with seating up to 18 guests. Allow Chef de Cuisine John Melfi to customize a four or five-course, family-style New Year’s menu using the freshest ingredients available from regional purveyors.  This special, holiday menu is prepared in a series of small casserole dishes, designed for sharing.  Advance reservations are required.  (1201 24th Street NW; 202.419.6755)


Boqueria: Try a Spanish New Year’s Eve party in homage to almodo’var, with unlimited table service of tapas, sangria, wine, beer and cava, as well as porron stations, costume photo booths, passed tapas, a live dj, almodovar films and the Spanish tradition of doce uvas at midnight. Tickets are $150 per person, and the party lasts from 8:30pm until 1:30am. Register at http://www.boquerianyc.com/new_dc_nye.html.  (1837 M Street NW; 202.558.9545)


BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier: Robert Wiedmaier’s Old Town Alexandria outpost will ring in the New Year with four- and six-course dinner options. Chef de Cuisine Chris Watson will offer a $75 per person four-course meal at a first seating available from 5:30 to 7:00pm. The second seating, a $95 six-course meal, will have reservations available from 7:30 to 11:00pm. Award-winning sommelier Matt Carroll will select the perfect wine pairing for each course for an additional $45 for the first seating, and $65 for the second seating. Both menus include an amuse bouche of hamachi and tuna tartare with tobiko, yuzu, and sweet soy. The second seating, six-course menu features a cheese course of gorgonzola dolci with membrio, marcona almonds and frisée. (1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA; 703.894.3440)


The BYT Fancy Schmancy New Year’s Eve Ball: In typical Brightest Young Things fashion, there will be a soiree this New Year’s at the former Spanish Ambassador’s residence on 16th Street. Fine alcoholic beverages will be served and pleasant music shall be enjoyed by all. Discount early bird tickets are on sale now—and remember, the price goes up each week.  (2801 16th Street NW; http://byt2013.eventbrite.com/)


Café Saint-Ex: Have a no-fuss New Year at Café Saint-Ex. No need to fret over tickets, reservations, or holiday headaches~just go to Saint-Ex. The doors will be open and the champagne will be flowing. Open to the general public, free admission, with music provided by DJ Neville C.  (1847 14th Street NW; 202.265.7839)


Capitol City Brewing Company — Ring in the New Year at Capitol City Brewing Company as they host a New Year’s Eve Bash at both DC-area locations from 9:00pm until 2:00am. Watch live coverage of New Year’s Eve countdowns broadcast from around the globe on the multiple flat screen TVs and dance the night away with music spun by popular DJs. At the downtown DC location, dinner specials will run all night with a $10 door fee starting at 9:00pm that includes a champagne toast at midnight. Capitol City’s Shirlington location will also host an evening of entertainment with a scrumptious appetizer buffet from 9:00pm to midnight for only $30. There will be a $10 door fee starting at 9:00pm that includes a champagne toast at midnight, party favors and music spun by the highly celebrated DJ Julius. (4001 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA; 703.578.3888; 1100 New York Avenue NW; 202.628.2222)


CEDAR Restaurant — This New Year’s Eve CEDAR will offer a three-course and five-course menu. Chef Aaron McCloud’s three-course menu offering, priced at $45 per person and available from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, will consist of a first course selection including a seasonal apple tart with braised pork belly, an entrée course with choices from veal shank to rockfish to a vegetarian rutabaga and sweet potato gratin, and a dessert course featuring his version of spumoni–complete with house made cherry marshmallows. The five-course menu, at $79 per person and available from 5:00 until 10:00pm, adds delicacies like fois gras torchon and a cheese course. (822 E Street NW; 202.637.0012)


Central Michel Richard – Celebrate with a birthday party for 2013. Central’s 6th birthday is this New Years Eve and they’ll be dancing the night away with live swing jazz from 8:00pm until 1:00am by the Laissez Foure All Stars. Enjoy a six course prix fixe menu, wine and cocktails. The special menu includes chestnut-peanut soup with duck confit, lobster American, and veal loin stuffed with mushrooms. An ala carte menu will also be available. The prix fixe menu will be $90, with wine pairings for an additional $60. (1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; 202.626.0015)


ChurchKey: It’s time. For the third straight year, ChurchKey will once again turn over the keys to the joint to a crazed coterie of craft draft connoisseurs for an unabashed beer-fueled bacchanalia on New Year’s Eve. One of the finer points surrounding ChurchKey’s NYE party is its exclusivity and the tight reigns they keep on the headcount with the idea in mind that if you are going to stumble in to the new year, it should be a comfortable ride. Start the night strong with six hours of open bar. This means six hours of 50 drafts, 5 casks, specialty featured cocktails, premium hooch & an impressive selection of wines. Then complement that with a jaw-dropping number of hors d’oeuvres and fine snackies both passed and placed around the space by the culinary duo of Chef Kyle Bailey & Pastry Chef Tiffany MacIsaac. A DJ will keep things spinning as you roll in to 2013, while a photo booth will capture the memories that may turn a little fuzzy come New Year’s Day. They will once again have slew of sudsy swag to raffle off, so a few lucky winners will leave with some killer craft beer prizes. Tickets are $150 per person; make sure to reserve your spot before they sell out.  (1137 14th Street NW; 202.567.2576)


CoCo Sala: Course by course, Executive Chef Santosh Tiptur will take you on a culinary journey with live tantric music for one last night of sin before your resolutions begin. From the first course, a “teaser”, of tian of Hudson Valley foie gras mousse, slow-poached pears, cinnamon port wine gastrique and concord grape beignet, through the fifth course of “indulgence”, a choice of mustard and rosemary crusted sea bass, barbera wine & fennel seed braised short ribs or citrus fruit scented risotto, to the final course of “submission” or petit fours, the entire dinner is based around tantric sensuality. The dinner is $125 per person or $185 with wine pairings, plus other unnamed surprises. Email events@coco-dc.com to make reservations.  (929 F Street NW; 202.347.4265)


Columbia Firehouse – Go to the Firehouse this NYE and swing with the swells for yet another sumptuous soiree. Once again, they’ve decked the halls and adorned the second and third floor dining rooms with holiday finery to create an unforgettable backdrop for a night of rollicking bygone New Year’s fun. Enjoy an array of passed & stationed hors d’ oeuvres such as crispy po’ boy sliders, bourbon shrimp and grits with house cured bacon, fried green tomato with whipped cream cheese & green pepper jelly, plus assorted sweet endings from Buzz Bakery, while three cash bars pour sublime cocktails crafted just for the occasion, as well as fine bubbles, beer and wine. The party would not be complete without a sparkling countdown at midnight, and they’ll keep it rocking with festive party music to keep you on your feet until the wee small hours. Whether you choose to spend the evening cozily sipping cocktails by the fireplace, or opt to set the dance floor ablaze instead, there are a beautiful set of rooms for you and your friends to properly ring it all this year. Space is limited, so purchase in advance. Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased online. Price of admission includes canapés, stationed hors d’oeuvres, and Champagne toast at midnight. Drinks will also be available via cash bars throughout. Additionally, Columbia Firehouse will be offering a special New Year’s Eve three-course tasting menu for $45 per person on the floor level. (109 South St. Asaph Street, Old Town Alexandria, VA; 703.683.1776)


Dino: Five courses, plus treats? Sounds like a good menu at Dino. You will be greeted with a welcome splash of prosecco, and your meal will begin with the traditional Italian lentils with cotecchino for New Year’s Auguri—luck (and they say the more lentils you eat, the more money you’ll have in the new year, so eat up!) If you prefer to eat early and book by 5:30pm, the cost for the five course menu is $59. To ring in the New Year at Dino, reserve at 8:30pm or later for $79. Wine flights include prosecco and five wines; “Damned Good” for $49, or “OMFG—Oh My Fine Grapes” for $79. If dining on New Year’s Day is more your style, enjoy a fun menu of Dino regulars and some new year’s day specials on January 1st. Dino will open at 4:30pm New Year’s Day and take reservations until 8:30pm.  (3435 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202.686.2966)


Eatonville Restaurant: Did you know that eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s is considered to be good luck? Get lucky and celebrate at Eatonville Restaurant on New Year’s Eve for a grand “Southern Soirée” with live music by Tamara Wellons and a scrumptious Eatonville inspired menu featuring striped bass filet, grilled filet mignon, black-eyed peas salad, winter veggie Cajun loaf, candied black-eyed peas ice cream and of course, New Year’s wouldn’t be complete without hoppin’ John! The first dinner seating begins at 6:30pm featuring live music and a three-course dinner special for $39 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Or ring in the New Year at the second dinner seating beginning at 9:30pm for $59 per person (plus tax and gratuity), which includes live music, a four-course dinner, complimentary glass of champagne, and party gear to ring in 2013, plus drink specials all night long. Reservations are required. Purchase tickets by calling or online at https://bit.ly/EatonvilleNYE2013.  (2121 14th Street NW; 202.332.9672)


Elisir — Dine on an elaborate seven course tasting menu on New Year’s Eve at Elisir. Menu highlights include ham and peas in a toothpaste tube with toasted brioche and warm carrot veloute, pastrami Maine lobster with Petrossian caviar and crème fraiche, goose liver capunet with pickled tomato jam and black truffles, and dark Valrhona chocolate citrus budino. The tasting menu is $150 per person. (427 11th Street NW; 202.546.0088)



The Federalist — Ring in the New Year with a delectable four course meal available with wine pairings. Featured dishes include Maine lobster with pearl onions, red snapper filet, Burgundy truffle roasted chicken breast, and spice roasted squab with pumpkin puree. Cost is $95 per person with an additional $40 per person for wine pairings. Seatings will be available between 6:00 and 9:00pm. (1177 15th Street NW; 202.587.2629)


Firefly: This newly renovated Dupont Circle favorite will keep things traditional by serving the classics from their dinner menu. Staying true to their popular brunch following, the restaurant will also serve brunch on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. For New Year’s Eve dinner, Chef de Cuisine Todd Wiss will serve some retro New Year’s Eve “Rat Pack specials,” including oysters Rockefeller and shrimp cocktail starters, a Caesar salad, lobster thermidor and beef wellington entrees, and a baked Alaska dessert. Bar manager Jon Harris will mix up a “Golden Balls” cocktail, inspired by the tradition of placing a clementine in holiday stockings. The citrus fruits symbolize the gold balls that St. Nicholas was said to give to the impoverished. The drink is made with Mandarin Napoleon Liqueur, frankincense infused Peychaud’s bitters, Champagne and an orange paste formed into small balls. (1310 New Hampshire Avenue NW; 202.861.1310)


First Night Talbot: Bring your family and friends to Downtown Easton as Talbot County rings in the New Year. First Night Talbot’s evening schedule is filled with family and children’s activities, live music, entertainers and the famous “Crab Drop” scheduled for the children’s timeline at 9:00pm and Midnight for the older kids and adults. A variety of venues are slated to host to entertainment throughout the downtown.  (www.eastonmainstreet.com or www.firstnighttalbot.com )


Graffiato: This New Year’s, Graffiato will be offering a five-course small plates chef’s tasting will be prepared for each guest, including options from their popular a la carte menu and New Year’s Eve specials like venison tartar, marinated salsify with lemon and trout roe and black truffle tagliatelle. A DJ will be spinning on the first floor pizza bar from 11:00pm until 2:00am, so everyone can stay to watch the ball drop. The tasting menu is $65 per person, and black truffle tagliatelle is available to order for an additional $30.  (707 6th Street NW; 202.289.3600)


The Grille at Morrison House: Chef Brian McPherson’s take on French classics and Modern American fare find their way to an indulgent six-course $95 New Year’s Eve menu. Renowned musician and former pianist at the White House, Bob Smith, along with the piano bar’s resident singers will provide musical entertainment. The theme? A tribute to Cole Porter. Reservations are highly recommended.  (116 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA; 703.838.8000)


Hank’s Oyster Bar: If you want oysters this New Year’s, you have a choice. All three locations of Hank’s Oyster Bar will be open and are taking reservations for dinner. They will offer their regular menu as well as a filet mignon special and lobster special. Hank’s Dupont will offer a free bottle of champagne per couple for each reservation between 10:00 and 11:00pm along with a free party in the Lounge starting at 11:00pm. Hank’s on the Hill is throwing a “Happy Shucking New Year Party” that starts at 10:30pm till last call, with open bar and all you can eat oysters for $80 per person. Tickets are now available on-line at www.hanksoysterbar.comHank’s Old Town will be taking reservations up to 10:30pm and will feature Chef Flores’ delicious butter poached lobster risotto. If you don’t party too hard (or even if you do), you can return in the morning for the “New Year’s Day Pajama Brunch” which will offer the regular brunch menu along with a New Year’s Day special of filet mignon & eggs with your choice of bloody Mary or mimosa for $20.13.  Brunch will be available at all three locations from 11:00am till 4:00pm—and feel free to wear your PJ’s.  (Dupont: 1624 Q Street NW; 202.462.4265; Capitol Hill: 633 Pennsylvania Ave SE; 202.733.1971; Old Town: 1026 King Street, Alexandria, VA; 703.739.4265)


Jack Rose Dining Saloon — Nothing says “party” like a pig roast, and Jack Rose Dining Saloon is pre-gaming with a “Punch, Pints & Pork” pre-game rooftop pig roast. This all-you-can-eat-and-drink pre-party will be hosted on the restaurant’s scenic heated rooftop from 6:00 to 9:00pm and offer unlimited just-pulled-off-the-pig pork as well as a selection of beers and punches, all for $35 per person. For those who want to keep the party going, Jack Rose will transform into the ultimate NYE celebration. From 8:00pm to 1:00am, guests will enjoy an open bar, live DJ music, cigar specials, midnight Champagne toast, complimentary passed hors d’oeuvres from 8:30-9:30pm and of course a photobooth to capture all of the evening’s memories. Tickets are available now and may be purchased for $100 per person by calling or visiting www.jackrosenewyearseve2013.eventbrite.com. (2007 18th Street NW; 202.588.7388)


Jackson 20: This Old Town tavern inspired by President Andrew Jackson will host its annual Roaring 20’s themed New Year’s Eve celebration. A live band, bathtub, photo booth, and Prohibition-era cocktails will add to the theme; while Chef Brian McPherson will serve his regular a la carte menu, along with a $38 three-course menu including oysters Rockefeller and an entrée of braised pork osso buco with Anson Mills polenta, cipollini onions and sun dried tomato jus. A nostalgic finish to dinner comes in the form of a banana split with chocolate sauce, cocoa nibs, whipped cream and cherries. The full bar menu will also be available from 10:00pm to 1:00am. All guests wearing 20’s themed clothing will receive 15% off their check (excluding tax, gratuity and alcohol). The featured band of the evening, Fascinatin’ Rhythm (named after the 1920’s Gershwin song), will be led by Rick Eldridge and vocalist Adelaide Ruble and accompanied by trumpet, drums, piano, banjo, and bass. Dinner reservations are highly recommended and are available between 5:00 and 10:00pm. In addition to a New Year’s Eve dinner, Jackson 20 will serve a “Walk of Shame Brunch” on New Year’s Day from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Guests wearing their outfits from the night before will receive 13% off their check. Reservations are highly recommended.  (480 King Street, Alexandria VA; 703.842.2790)

Lebanese Taverna — Lebanese Taverna is offering guests three ways to ring in the New Year Featuring a special children’s activity, early evening a la carte menu and an all night long Mezza Madness celebration, there’s definitely something for everyone to enjoy! Guests are invited to bring their children to Lebanese Taverna’s Pentagon Row or Tysons Galleria locations at 4:00pm on NYE for a family friendly event featuring Ukulele Phil (Pentagon Row) and Groovy Nate (Tysons Galleria). The cost is $18 for children, with standard pricing for adults. Seating is limited and reservations will include a crystal ball drop, apple cider toast and dinner. Guests looking for an early dinner or a quick bite before the evening festivities can visit any of the six Lebanese Taverna restaurants for an a la carte dinner service beginning at 5:00pm. Party the night away at this year’s Mezza Madness celebration, which starts at 9:00pm at the following locations: Bethesda, Baltimore, DC and Tysons. Guests will enjoy an endless array of more than 20 mezza (lamb, chicken, shrimp and of course, hommos) and desserts throughout the evening.  Two interactive belly dancing shows will bring you right up to midnight when you will count down to 2013 with party favors and a champagne toast.  The cost is $75 per person; to make reservations for any of these events, log onto  www.lebanesetaverna.com or call 703.841.1511. 


Lima/Fujimar: Get in some club-action this New Year’s with tables, bottle service, and lots of dancing. Lounge tables are going for $1000 and include bottles of vodka or Jack Daniel’s, two bottles of Segura Viudas Champagne and priority admission for eight guests. For $1200, Fujimar Fujimar is offering two bottles of vodka or Jack, two bottles of Moet Imperial Champagne, and priority general admission for ten guests. On the Lima main floor, you can get other bottle deals, as well the VIP couples package, which includes one bottle of Moet Imperial, service at the bar with two champagne flutes, and priority general admission for five guests. In addition, there will be an early dinner seating for $55 which includes a three-course meal, or a late seating for $85 which includes a four-course meal. General admission is $50 and includes a champagne toast, while couples admission is $90 and includes admission for two and two champagne toasts.


Lincoln Restaurant: This New Year’s Eve, Lincoln will host a special Vegas-Style Blowout Celebration featuring one of DC’s favorite 10-piece bands, David Akers and The Epitome, culinary delights by Executive Chef Demetrio Zavala, and a variety of package options to ring in 2013. One lucky guest of the night will win a 2-night stay at the ultra posh, 6.3 million square feet Revel Resort in Atlantic City. To kick off the New Year right, start off with a Chef’s Small Plate Tasting Menu with breathtaking courses created exclusively by Executive Chef Zavala. This six-course dinner will be offered at $140 per person with tax & gratuities included. To keep your senses titillated and the night going, add the city’s only Premium Open Bar package at only $100 from 9:00pm to 1:00am for access to all of the top-shelf favorites. If you don’t care for dinner, get the Premium Open Bar Package alone for $150, which includes open bar from 9:00pm until 1:00am, hors d’oeuvres until 11:00pm, and a champagne toast at midnight. General admission is $70 for hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast. When the clock strikes 10:00pm, strap on your dancing shoes and get ready to shake to the musical stylings of David Akers and The Epitome, or try your luck at the LINCOLN Casino with blackjack and craps. What goes on in LINCOLN stays in LINCOLN. To learn more or to purchase your tickets, visit www.lincolnrestaurant-dc.com/Vegas2012.  (1110 Vermont Avenue NW; 202.386.9200)


Mad Fox Brewing Company: Northern Virginia’s upscale brewpub has announced plans to ring in the New Year with international recording artist – and legendary Washington area blues singer/guitarist – Tom Principato.  A limited number of $60 tickets will be sold for this event, exclusively at Mad Fox. The New Year’s Eve Celebration will feature a flavorful menu crafted by Executive Chef Andrew Dixon.  He’ll begin the evening with an array of passed appetizers when doors open at 8:00pm, until 9:00pm, when the dinner buffet will open. The dinner will include a gourmet cheese board, slow roasted prime rib of beefturkey roulade with duck and chicken, and roasted mushroom cannelloni. Dinner will be served until 11:00pm, when it will be replaced by the dessert buffet until 12:30 am. A Falls Church native, Principato will perform three sets with his band and special guest Tommy Lepson beginning at 9:00 pm. His sound has been described as a combination of rich blues and high-energy rock, helping earn him 22 “WAMMY” Awards during his career and providing Mad Fox customers with an entertaining evening to celebrate a new year. Tickets include the live performance, passed appetizers, dinner and dessert buffets, party favors and a midnight celebratory toast. Price does not include additional beverages. Guests may purchase tickets in person at Mad Fox, by phone, or by emailing private-events@madfoxbrewing.com a copy of the ticket form, which is available online for download at http://madfoxbrewing.com/mad-fox-events. All guests are required to have a ticket, including minors who are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Guests who wish to return to Mad Fox on New Year’s Day will receive a 15% meal discount with their New Year’s ticket stub.  (444 West Broad Street, 703.942.6840)


Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC: Celebrate New Year’s Eve with an evening of the city’s best jazz in Mandarin Oriental’s Empress Lounge. Toast and dance away 2012 while listening to the musical stylings of Sharon Clark, Byron Stripling and Nicki Parrot. Seating is available at 8:00pm, with music sets from 9:30pm to until 1:00am. Packages include premium seating in Empress Lounge ($260 per couple) or reserved seating in the adjacent hotel lobby ($200 per couple), and will also include custom designed hors d’oeuvres for two, custom designed petit fours for two, one bottle of Moet et Chandon Brut Imperial, plus party favors and views of city firework display from main entrance. In addition, Sou’Wester will offer a special, three-course menu for $65, with special decadent supplements available with additional cost. Dinner will be available from 5:30 to 10:30pm. (1330 Maryland Avenue SW; 202.787.6140)


Mio Restaurant: Enjoy a five-course tasting menu at Mio this New Year’s Eve. Start your meal with piscolabis, and then choose two appetizers, and entrée and dessert. Menu items include pumpkin soup with duck chicharron, huitlacoche risotto, plantain timbal with seafood, lobster with Caribbean coconut sauce and plantain soufflé, rack of lamb with cranberry marmalade, and pork stuffed with plantains, tomato and rum sauce. The tasting menu is $75 per person; Tables are available from 6:00 until 10:30pm, followed by dancing and an after-hours menu.  (1110 Vermont Avenue NW; 202.955.0075)


Nage Bistro — Nage Bistro is helping combat hangovers with a special New Year’s Day Hangover Brunch complete with Gatorade cocktails and hearty brunch fare from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Guests can chow down on Nage’s famous Kill It Skillet, a hot, meaty dish of mac n’ cheese, chorizo, bacon, truffled frites and a fried egg. Guests can replenish lost nutrients with Nage’s Electrolyte Lemonade made with lemonade Gatorade, lemongrass and citrus vodka, while the Bloody Swine, Nage’s own bloody mary with bacon and Old Bay rim will provide a little “hair of the dog.” Those who need a little extra “hair of the dog” can enjoy bottomless bloody Marys and mimosas for $14 per person. The regular brunch menu will also be available. On New Year’s Eve, Nage will serve a 5-course dinner courtesy of Executive Chef Miles Vaden. Diners will start off with A Tasty Morsel, chef’s own amuse bouche of the moment, as well as a selection of tempting beginings ranging from salsify bisque with crispy oyster and chervil oil to foie gras torchon with port reduction, fig mostarda and brioche crostini. He will cook a variety of dishes like the lobster gnocchi with arugula, tomato confit and cognac butter or the Pineland Farms petite filet with bone marrow, Cabernet demi, Yukon gold puree and bok choy, or the vegetarian-friendly kaboche squash agnolotti with trumpet mushrooms and truffle butter. They are now accepting reservations for dinner seatings from 5:00 to 11:00pm and brunch from 10:00am to 3:00pm. (1600 Rhode Island Avenue NW; 202.448.8005)


Park Hyatt Washington: Ring in 2013 at Park Hyatt Washington, presenting a sophisticated New Year’s Eve celebration in the Lounge.  Priced at $165 per person (inclusive of beverages, tax and gratuity), the party will include a premium open bar from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am, along with live music, sumptuous tapas table, champagne toast at midnight, and decadent chocolate and sweets.  For additional information or reservations, please call or email blueduck.tavern@hyatt.com. The New Year’s Eve party is not bookable online.  Advance reservations are required. Continue the celebration with Park Hyatt Washington’s New Year’s at the Park package, offering overnight, plush  accommodations. With rates starting at $549 per room for the first night’s stay and $249 for each additional night, the New Year’s at the Park package, available December 27, 2012 through January 2, 2013, includes two tickets to the party in the Lounge, complimentary upgrade to a Premier Park Deluxe room, special welcome amenities, American breakfast for two at Blue Duck Tavern or through In-Room Dining, late check-out of 2:00 pm, and valet parking.  (1201 24th Street NW; 202.419.6755)


Poste Moderne Brasserie: New Year’s Eve at Poste will be a decadent evening of multi-course meals, Champagne cocktails and live music, all amidst a Cabaret-style meets Parisian speakeasy theme. In the dining room, Chef Dennis Marron will serve a five- and seven-course meal for $75 and $95, respectively. A la carte versions of the menus, along with Poste’s signature burgers, will be available in the bar and atrium lounge areas. The restaurant’s new Cour de l’hiver outdoor winter bar, equipped with heat lamps, blankets and fire pits will help keep guests warm while enjoying mixologist Jason Wilson’s signature New Year’s Eve cocktails, all of which will be available for $10, including a Negroni, French 75, Corpse Reviver #2 and Last Word. In addition, magnums of Pommery will be available for $18 by the glass, along with $25 glasses and $150 bottles of Dom Perignon. The Potomac Jazz Trio will provide Cabaret-style music between 6:00pm and midnight. A Pommery Champagne toast at midnight followed by dance music will keep the party theme going through close at 2:00am. Poste’s staff will embrace the Cabaret theme with vests, bow ties, arm garters, bowler hats and feather headband pieces. Reservations are required with a credit card guarantee for dinner service. (555 8th Street NW; 202.783.6060)


Proof — For dinner on New Years Eve, Proof will be offering their la carte menu, as well as a special version of their chef’s tasting menu, for $95 per person. Begin with an amuse bouche, followed by menu highlights such as Maine lobster salad with frissee, avocado, golden beets and blood orange & poppy seed vinaigrette, Alaskan black cod with ragout of razor clams, oysters,  and mussels, as well as crispy Peking duck roulade with Savoy cabbage, leeks and chestnuts. Finish with a selection of sweets including chocolate torte with salted caramel ice cream or coconut cream Pavola. Two wine pairings will be featured for $45 and $75 for a premium pairing. In addition, there will be several by-the-glass Champagne specials to celebrate. (775 G Street NW; 202.737.7663)


Redwood Restaurant and Bar: This New Year’s Eve, Redwood takes you back to 1950’s Havana. Join them to ring in the New Year with a night of dinner and dancing in the tropics. Begin your evening with a delicious dinner made with mid-Atlantic seasonal ingredients. Executive Chef Miguel Pizarroso is preparing a three-course prix-fixe menu plus amuse bouche; an extravagant meal with a touch of tropical flare. Dance the night away with live Latin music from LG Band, enjoy the tropical version of Vegas with casino games, and relax with a cocktail in between. There will be classic 1950’s Cuban drinks at both the indoor bar and the heated outdoor bar as well as complimentary hors d’oeuvres. At midnight, toast the New Year Havana style with sparkling wine and a skewer of grapes, and old Cuban tradition for good luck in each of the months ahead. Tickets for the Havana party, which includes appetizers, live music, casino games, hand-rolled cigars and themed drinks are available beginning December 10th through Gilt City. Dinner with a champagne toast is $45, while dinner and the Havana Party together is $78. Make reservations on the website at redwoodbethesda.com or by calling the restaurant.  (7121 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, MD; 301.656.5515)


Ripple: Ring in the new year with an elegant, champagne-filled evening at Ripple. The five-course tasting menu includes highlights like Nantucket Bay scallop ceviche, beef loin with crispy marrow and olive oil pistachio financiers. Also available is a special “10 to Toast” list with 10 champagnes by the glass, and “Gotta Wear Shades,” the featured New Year’s Eve cocktail made with sparkling wine, cherry bitters, shaved pear and a housemade orange sugar cube. The five-course menu includes complimentary welcome glass of champagne, and is $110 per person and $150 per person with beverage pairings, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Advance reservations are required.  (3417 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202.244.7995)

Ritz-Carlton, Washington DC: Ring in the New Year at Westend Bistro with a special four course prix-fixe menu and a champagne toast at midnight. The menu is available from 6:00pm to midnight for $85 per person. Or count down to the New Year with celebratory cocktails, champagne and live entertainment from 8:00pm until 2:00am in The Lobby Lounge & Bar. For a post-festivity feast, greet the New Year with a luxurious breakfast at Westend Bistro, serves from 7:00am until 1:00pm for $45 per person.  (1150 22nd Street NW; 202.974.5566)

Roof Terrace Restaurant at The Kennedy Center — Dine, dance and devote yourself to an evening of effervescent fun at Roof Terrace Restaurant’s Annual New Year’s Eve celebration. The night includes a live jazz performance by Rod Tompkins Music, complimentary glass of sparkling wine and a prix-fixe, four course dinner complemented by a stunning skyline view. Executive Chef Joe Gurner’s special menu features an amuse bouche of foie gras cappuccino, followed by lobster salad with watercress, cucumber, citrus and mango. Then choose from three main course selections including slow braised spice cured Waygu beef short rib with vanilla scented salsify and jumbo pan seared sea scallops served with Forrest mushroom ragout, basil and white truffle. For something sweet, Pastry Chef Ben McCormick has created opulent dessert options. Vegetarian options are available upon request. Each patron will receive a free admission ticket to the Kennedy Center’s renowned Grand Foyer Celebration with the purchase of dinner, where the champagne will keep flowing and the crowd will toast to good health, friends and fortune for the year to come. Dinner is $95 per person. (2700 F Street NW; 202.416.8555)


Sofitel: New Year’s Eve dinner at Sofitel starts the night off with a glass of Laurent-Perrier bubbly, ginger-vanilla ahi tuna tartar, roasted venison with red wine reduction sauce, and finishes with champagne and pear religieuse by Executive Chef Loquet. Or enjoy a New Year’s Eve Sparkling Celebration in Le Bar: Taittinger Champagne, dancing to tunes spun by the DJ, and appetizers such as North Point Oysters, sautéed escargots, and pan seared foie gras. If that isn’t enough, come back for New Year’s Day Brunch, with delicious choices such as eggs Benedict, wild mushroom risotto, and crepes galore–a good meal to bring good luck in the new year. (806 15th Street NW; 202.730.8418)


Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar — This New Year’s Eve, let Sonoma take you back to a time where drinking at the office was accepted, smoking was healthy, and swank cocktail parties swung to the tunes of singers like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. Join them this year for special ‘Rat Pack & Vintage Vegas’ New Year’s Eve Party. Downstairs, Sonoma’s bistro will be transformed into an “Old School” Italian restaurant, the kind with checkered table clothes, bottles of chianti, dripping candles, and, of course, a soundtrack with plenty of Rat Pack favorites. Executive Chef Michael E. Bonk will offer a delicious three-course prix fixe Italian menu, using the mid-Atlantic’s best local and seasonal ingredients to offer his takes on classic dishes from the era. At 8:00pm, the games begin! Join Sonoma for the later-night Vintage Vegas festivities: play your hand at games of chance, while enjoying 50’s style classic cocktails, complimentary hors d’oeuvres all night, and, just to spice up the night, Sonoma will also offer a special backroom – DC’s best Champagne Room. The Dinner and Vintage Vegas package is $75 and includes the three-course Italian prix-fixe dinner, a complimentary champagne toast, and access to the upstairs Vintage Vegas party at 8:00pm. Because not everyone can party like it’s 1950, there is a special early bird package for $45, which includes the three-course dinner before 6:30pm and a complimentary champagne toast. Or, if you’re just interested in the evening soiree, Sonoma will also offer a $44 Vintage Vegas package through their partners, Gilt City. (223 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; 202.544.8088)


Tony & Joe’s and Nick’s Riverside Grill: It is the triumphal return of their annual party with one of the premier veiws in DC—the Washington Harbour on the Potomac. Bring in the New Year with live entertainment from the Josh Burgess Band and two local DJs. The party includes food and alcoholic beverages all inclusive of the ticket price. The event runs from 9:00pm to 1:00am; remember to dress to impress. Have 10+ guests join your group and they will take $10 off the current price of each ticket once you create your group and receive a discount code. Ticket prices will increase as the big day approaches.  (3050 K Street NW; 202.342.3535)


Trademark — Trademark will help cure late-night ails with its first-ever New Year’s Day brunch. Executive Chef Matthew Miller has created a creative, hearty menu with pork-heavy dishes like the bacon candy quiche made with chef’s signature bacon candy and caramelized onion, and the pork belly pancakes with candied pecans, syrup and whipped butter. Master mixologist Christopher Bassett has also crafted two specialty New Year’s cocktails: the “Walk of Shame Bloody Mary” and the sparkling “Grand Mimosa,” both $8. New Year’s Day brunch is available for $32 per person which includes one entrée as well as a buffet of cold items, salads, pastries and desserts and other treats like craft soda shooters. (2080 Jamieson Avenue, Alexandria, VA; 703.253.8640)


Tuscana West: They say that the way you spend New Year’s Eve will reflect the year ahead, so be sure to ring 2013 in style at Tuscana West’s Glamour & Glitz New Year’s Eve party. Dress up, sparkle and dine with elegance on a sumptuous meal accompanied by a live pianist. After dinner, a DJ will play top European dance music until 3:00am. The first of two seatings is $59, and the second, including champagne toast and DJ, is $89. (1350 I Street NW; 202.289.7300)


Urbana Restaurant: Chef John Critchley of Urbana Restaurant will offer a $65 five-course dinner featuring the restaurant’s Northern Italian and Provencal fare. As reigning Lamb Jam master, fans of lamb can enjoy his national award-winning lamb leg dish, but seafood and vegetarian lovers can also rejoice in an array of available options. Special vegetarian tasting menus are available upon request, as are wine pairings for an additional $35. The bar menu will also be available in the bar and lounge areas. Dinner reservations are strongly recommended. (2121 P Street NW; 202.956.6650)


Vinoteca – The popular neighborhood wine bar, Vinoteca, will host an exciting New Year’s Eve celebration complete with three bars, live entertainment, a tented outdoor plaza with craft NYE cocktails, a champagne room, special NYE menu and more. Starting the night off, Vinoteca will offer a special 5-course NYE dinner menu with two seatings, at 6:00pm from $65 per person and 9:00pm for $85 per person, in the dining room. Diners can add on beverage pairings for $30 or sparkling wine pairings for $35. The second seating includes noise makers and hats, a sparkling wine midnight toast, and the table until the New Year. Guests can add on the NYE Party package to either seating for $50 which grants them private early access at 9:30pm. For those looking to party more than dine, Vinoteca will also offer a special NYE party package for $85 per person. The celebration will feature three bars (including their tented heated outdoor plaza) serving up craft NYE specialty cocktails, open bar from 10:30pm until 2:30am, a Champagne room, live entertainment in their upstairs lounge, bottomless sparkling wine from 11:45pm – 12:15am, a midnight snack buffet and party favors. Group pricing for party package is available. Reservations are being accepted now via telephone or via email at wine@vinotecadc.com. (1940 11th Street NW; 202.332.9463)


W Washington DC: The Grandeur and Glamour New Year’s Eve Affair promises to be an affair to remember. There will be live performances in the POV Lounge from some of DC’s top DJ’s spinning throughout the night and a champagne toast at midnight. The party runs from 8:00pm to 2:00am, with special party favors for all, and a cash bar. Tickets are $75 for early booking and $100 at the door; Tickets are available at www.eventfarm.com/wdcnewyears2012.  There is also limited seating available through bottle service. For more information contact Kendal.Berner@whotels.com. (515 15th Street NW; 202.661.2400)


Wit & Wisdom: A Tavern by Michael Mina: Jump start the celebratory evening with an early dinner seating before heading out for a night on the town or watching the ball drop in the comforts of one’s own home. Enjoy Chef Clay Miller’s three-course New Year’s Eve menu featuring Wit & Wisdom signature dishes along with new luxurious specialties. The first seating is from 5:00 to 6:30pm and is $80 per adult. Or enjoy Chef Miller’s exclusive five-course New Year’s Eve tasting menu featuring a lavish array of New Year’s specialties and Pastry Chef Chris Ford‘s festive desserts. Panoramic views, live jazz entertainment and a Champagne toast at midnight complete the experience. Second seating is from 8:00 to 9:00 pm and $150 per adult. Continue the celebration in Wit & Wisdom’s Lounge with spectacular views of the fireworks, live DJ entertainment through 2:00am, and no cover charge. The morning after the festivities, kick off the New Year on an appetizing note with a seasonal holiday buffet featuring popular breakfast and lunch items. Seatings will be available from 8:00am to 2:00pm; $35 for adults, $25 for kids 12 and under. Bottomless Mimosas are available for $19. (200 International Drive, Baltimore, MD, 21202; 410.576.5800)


Zentan: Staying true to its Asian-inspired roots, Zentan will offer a $95 five-course meal opening with a Kumomoto oyster with red tobiko and pickled ginger vinaigrette, finishing off with a champagne toast at midnight. A sushi-centric second course features options of a salmon lover roll or a fire cracker roll. Non-sushi second course options include poke, with tuna, salmon, octopus, sesame, soy, and pickled sprout, dumplings with spinach, shiitake and duck egg, or calamari. The third course star is Susur Lee’s highly lauded Singapore slaw featuring 19 ingredients, salted plum dressing and peanuts. Vegetable, meat and fish lovers alike can enjoy a variety of plates during the fourth course including roast duck, Cantonese marinated skirt steak, caramelized black cod, Shang’s crispy garlic chicken, or tofu and noodles. Desserts in the fifth course include five spiced chocolate soufflé cake, lemon-verbena crème brûlée, or warm Asian pear crisp with candied ginger ice cream.  (1155 14th Street NW; 202.379.4366)