Ring in 2016 at These Area Restaurants
It is time to celebrate the incoming New Year in and around the DMV, and restaurants are offering diners a lively and delicious array of choices.
1789 Restaurant, 1226 36th St. NW, will offer a seasonal a la carte menu as well as a New Year’s Eve tasting menu from 5-11 p.m. The six-course tasting menu is $125 per person or $179 with suggested wine pairing. The tasting menu must be ordered for the entire table.
701 Restaurant, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, will offer two seatings on New Year’s Eve. Diners at the first seating from 5-7:30 p.m. have the option to order off the seasonal a la carte menu or enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu for $55 per -person. During the second seating from 8:30-11 p.m., only a four-course menu priced at $110 per person including a Champagne toast at midnight will be served. A four piece jazz band will play music until 1 a.m. 701 Restaurant will be open for regular dinner service on Jan. 1 with guests receiving a complimentary glass of bubbly to toast the New Year.
Ambar, 523 Eighth St. SE, is serving a special New Year’s Eve menu showcasing dishes from the Balkan Peninsula with a modern twist. The first seating from 5-8:30 p.m. includes unlimited small plates and drinks for $69 per person. The second seating from 9-10:30 p.m. is $99 per person to dine in the main dining room or $79 per person at the bar and includes unlimited small plates and drinks with a Champagne toast at midnight. Guests dining during the second seating will enjoy unlimited food and drinks until 12:30 a.m. A cash bar will be available for those wishing to order additional drinks between 12:30-2 a.m. On New Year’s Day, Ambar will offer its fixed price brunch of unlimited small plates and cocktails from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for $39 per person. Unlimited brunch must be ordered by the entire table.
Ankara, 1320 19th St. NW, is celebrating New Year’s Eve in true Turkish style with a four-course prix fixe dinner menu for %44 per person featuring specials from 6-8:30 p.m. along with specially priced wine selections. chosen to pair beautifully with the cuisine. Diners will receive a complimentary glass of Ridgeview Fitzrovia Rosé Brut to start the evening. Guests will also enjoy Turkish coffee and Belgian-style dark chocolate from Divine Chocolate to end the meal on a sweet note. The first course for the table served with house-made pide included hummus; shakshuka made with diced sautéed eggplant, tomato, roasted pepper, garlic, red pepper paste and parsley; sigara böreğI, fried, phyllo stuffed with feta and herbs; and mercimek köfte made with red lentils and bulgur patties, herbs and onions. The second course include the choice of coban salatasi, a diced blend of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onions, radishes and herbs; or lahmacun, a flat bread topped with minced beef and lamb with tomatoes and onion relish. The third course includes the choice of kuzu pirzola, grilled lamb chops, lightly seasoned and served with Ottoman rice; izgarada dana antrikot, a grilled rib eye steak served with Ottoman rice; tavuk siş, a grilled and marinated chicken breast served with Ottoman rice; or grilled branzino served with a seasonal vegetable sauté. For dessert, choose either baklava or kayisi tatlisi, poached apricots served on bed of crème.
Ardeo+Bardeo, 3311 Connecticut Ave. NW, will offer two seatings New Year’s Eve. From 5:30-7 p.m., features a special a la carte menu. At the second seating, from 8-11 p.m., guests will enjoy a three-course, prix fixe holiday menu priced at $65 per person including Champagne toast at midnight. The restaurant will be open for regular dinner service on Jan. 1, and guests will receive a complimentary glass of bubbly to toast the New Year.
All Set Restaurant & Bar, 8630 Fenton St., Plaza 5, Silver Spring, will be celebrating New Year’s Eve until 1 a.m. with a dozen oysters and bottle of Pihu Simonet Brut Champagne for $40, a raw bar platter with one dozen oysters, six littleneck clams and four jumbo shrimp with a bottle of Francois Montand Brut Champagne for $60 or a raw bar deluxe platter with one dozen oysters, crab cocktail, lobster cocktail and four jumbo shrimp with a bottle of Francois Montand Brut Champagne for $80. The restaurant will also offer a three-course menu featuring surf and turf and wine pairings for $50 per person.
Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, 1308 G St. NW and 7511 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, is offering mini doughnuts on New Year’s Eve. The box of minis includes two mini crème brûlée doughnuts, two mini vanilla glazed doughnuts with chocolate buttercream, two mini chocolate glazed doughnuts with gold sprinkles, two mini Nutella glazed doughnuts with chocolate shavings and a white chocolate drizzle, two mini strawberry jam filled doughnuts with vanilla glaze and 2016 written on top and two mini vanilla pastry cream filled doughnuts with chocolate glaze and 2016 written on top. A box of minis costs $20.
Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca, 1100 New York Ave. NW, will offer Italian fare to help ring in the New Year with seatings available at 5:30 and 7 pm. Diners during the first seating will enjoy a special a la carte menu. During the second seating, a four-course pre fixe menu priced at $85 per person will be offered, including a Franciacorta (a sparkling wine from Lombardy) toast at midnight. Bibiana will be open for regular dinner service on Jan.1, and guests will receive a complimentary glass of bubbly to toast the New Year.
BLT Steak, 1625 I St. NW, will offer a special New Year’s Eve blackboard menu from 5-11 p.m. featuring Nantucket Bay scallops with kumquat preserve, black trumpet and yuzu nage; grilled veal sweetbreads with chanterelle, celery root and caper butter; roasted porcelet rack with glazed pork belly and quince jus; prime dry aged rib eye with bone marrow and A5 wagyu butter; and honeycrisp apple cake with crème fraîche and malted ice cream. Diners who stay until the ball drops will receive a complimentary Champagne toast..
Blue Duck Tavern, 1201 M St. NW in the Park Hyatt Washington, will present a four-course menu for $130 per person from with a variety of chefs’ market selections, along with a Champagne toast for the table. At At Blue Duck Tavern’s lounge, guests can ring in the New Year with a premium open bar with specialty cocktails from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. for $195 including live music by Karla Chisholm until 1 a.m., small plates, a Champagne toast at midnight and chocolate desserts. Tickets are available online.
The Bombay Club, 815 Connecticut Ave. NW, will serve a special New Year’s Eve menu with two seatings. A three-course menu priced at $55 per person will be available from 5-7:30 p.m. During the second seating from 8-11 p.m., a five-course menu will be served for $85 per person. The restaurant will be open for regular dinner service on Jan. 1, and guests will receive a complimentary glass of bubbly to toast the New Year.
Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen, 3126 12th St. NW, will partner with Sloppy Mama’s food truck on all-day menus that will be available from Dec. 30-Jan. 3, as well as a special New Year’s Eve dinner menu and a New Year’s Day brunch menu. The all-day menu includes smoked whole wings, pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches as well as entrée versions of the brisket and pulled pork. Sloppy Mama’s signature BBQ sauces, Kansas City, Georgia Gold and North Carolina, will also be on the menu. On New Year’s Eve, a three-course $35 menu will be available including a charcuterie plate, pork three ways with smoked ribs, seared pork belly and pulled pork and smoked chocolate truffles for dessert. A glass of prosecco will be served with the menu. On New Year’s Day, brunch begins at 10 a.m. with items like the Brookland burrito with smoked brisket, pulled pork or smoked turkey sausage and scrambled eggs, green chili sauce, Tillamook cheddar and potato hash, and smoked wings served with potato hash and tossed in Kansas City or Georgia Gold Sauce.
Centrolina, 974 Palmer Alley NW, will serve it’s a la carte menu from 5-11 p.m. Optional sparkling wine flights will be available for $45.
City Tap House, 901 Ninth St. NW, is offering a three-course, prix fixe dinner from 6-11 p.m. for $65, a open bar from 10 p.m.-midnight for $40 or both the dinner and open bar for $95 on New Year’s Eve. DJ Premonition will play from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. The prix-fixe menu include an amuse of crispy deviled egg with house ranch and Sriracha, and a first course of Asian pear and arugula salad with cambazola, candied walnuts and vanilla bean vinaigrette; sausage stuffed quail with sweet potato hash, blackened green beans and cranberry compote; or Parisian gnocchi with ‘nduja cream, escarole, Meyer lemon and crispy garlic. The second course includes a choice of surf and turf with petite filet, half a lobster tail, truffled potato risotto, roasted asparagus and sauce Americaine; Moroccan spiced lamb with ras el hanout, fall ratatouille and minted yogurt; John Dory en pappillote with marble potatoes, vanilla braised endive, crispy prosciutto and grapefruit beurre blanc; or heirloom squash pappardelle with kabocha squash, baby kale, Tokyo turnips, maple-walnut cream and pomergranate. Dessert includes black forest ganache cake with bourbon cherries and Kirsch Chantilly cream; or lavender-white chocolate crème brulee with lemon-poppy biscotti. A free glass of Champagne will be offered to every guest at midnight.
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar,801A Ninth St. NW, will offer a festive Cuban feast to celebrate the New Year. The first seating from 4:30-8:30 p.m. features an a la carte menu with a selection of ceviches, tapas and other signature dishes including several New Year’s Eve specials. Guests who dine before 6 p.m. will receive a $25 gift card per couple to be used on a $50 purchase during a future visit. The late dining option, with seatings between 9-9:45 p.m. will feature a five-course prix fixe menu for $99 per person with a Champagne toast, balloon drop, DJ and dancing, and party favors for the midnight celebration. Guests at the second seating will be able to keep their reserved table throughout the evening.
Del Campo, 777 I St. NW, is serving a New Year’s Eve Asado menu. The meal includes complimentary provoleta, black truffles and country bread. Diners have a choice of smoked uni and crab angel hair; Hamachi ceviche smoked caviar; or pumpkin risotto with tiny scallops and grilled goat cheese. The asado to be shared includes Iberico pork loin and caviar; smoked Wagyu bavette; grilled lobster; or grilled sweetbreads; burnt Brussels sprouts; jalapeno mashed potatoes; or grilled greens served with chimichurri, salsa criolla and smoked hollandaise. Dessert includes a choice of dulce de leche crepe soufflé; chocolate cashew cake; or tres leches Twinkies. The cost is $88 person, $100 with Champagne or $128 with win pairings. The restaurant will also serve it’s a la carte menu.
Le Diplomate, 1601 14th St. NW, will have a strolling mime providing entertainment all evening along with several specials and its regular a la carte menu. There will be a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
El Centro D.F., 1819 14th St. NW, is hosting a chef’s table experience in their 24-seat taqueria from 8-10 p.m. from $110 per person. Guests will dine on three communal tables and feast family-style on a variety of dishes. Partygoers will also receive carafes of margaritas, Mexican beers and sparkling wine to toast the New Year. Tickets can be purchased online. Those dining in the main dining room of the lower-level requileria and enjoy seasonal a la carte specials priced from $12-$29 each. Additionally, bar patrons will enjoy happy hour specials from 4-9 p.m. with $5 bottled Mexican beers, house red and white wine, tequila infusions and signature cocktails. On New Year’s Day, the restaurant will serve an all-you-can-eat Mexican brunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for $35 per person including bottomless brunch drinks. The all-you-can-eat brunch menu must be ordered for the entire table, and all items are available a la carte priced from $5-$15.
El Centro D.F. Georgetown, 1218 Wisconsin Ave. NW, is hosting a New Year’s Eve bash on their tented outdoor patio from 6-10:30 p.m.. For $70, diners will enjoy a variety of passed hors d’oeuvres from 6-10:15 p.m. and carving stations from 6-9 p.m. Also, guests can take advantage of El Centro’s popular happy hour specials throughout the evening including $5 bottled Mexican beers, house red and white wine, tequila infusions and signature cocktails. The party is limited to 75 people. Tickets must be purchased online. The main dining room will offer a la carte specials priced from $12-$29 each and guests will receive happy hour drink specials from 4-9 p.m. at the bar. On New Year’s Day, the restaurant will serve an all-you-can-eat Mexican brunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for $35 per person including bottomless brunch drinks. The all-you-can-eat brunch menu must be ordered for the entire table, and all items are available a la carte priced from $5-$15.
Et Voila!, 5120 MacArthur Blvd. NW, will offer holiday specials in addition to their regular a la carte dinner menu on New Year’s Eve. Billecart Salmon Brut Reserve will be available for $125 per bottle along with a Moscato d’Asti for $24
The Fainting Goat, 1330 U St. NW, will celebrate with retro New Year’s Eve specials from 5-10 p.m. and a complimentary midnight Champagne toast. Retro-inspired dishes include lobster thermidor, prime rib with twice-baked potato and Brussels sprouts, and baked Alaska in addition to its regular a la carte menu.
G by Mike Isabella, 2201 14th St. NW, will serve a five-course New Year’s Eve tasting menu for $65 per person with an optional $39 house wine pairing or $49 premium wine pairing. The first course is shaved winter vegetable panzanella with lobster, burrata and radish, followed by the second course of charred octopus with Calabrian chili-honey glaze, white beans and cipolini onions. The third course is pasta blanca with cauliflower ragu, carp roe and cavier, followed by the fourth course of crispy snapper with crispy potatoes, cauliflower romesco and rosmary gremolata or N.Y. strip with sunchoke, creamed escarole and pickled pearl onions. The final course includes a choice of seasonal desserts.
The Hay-Adams Hotel 800 16th St. NW, will offer a three-course prix fixe menu priced at $80 per person from 5:30-10 p.m. Diners will receive a complimentary glass of house Champagne for toasting the New Year.
Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th St. NW, will offer a “Beer, Bourbon & Southern BBQ” pre-bash on the rooftop terrace from 5-8 p.m. New Year’s Eve, an all-you-can-eat and drink for $45 per person with all-you-can eat Southern BBQ with complimentary brews and bourbons. The dining saloon will offer several specials from 5 p.m.-1 a.m. including vintage cocktail flights, a special chef’s prix-fixe menu and a special menu of the 20 best whiskeys to drink before the ball drops. Beginning at 6:30 p.m.-midnight, Dram & Grain will offer a five-spirit cocktail tasting for two with drinks paired with snacks. Cost is $125 per couple. On New Year’s Day, there will be a Hangover Roast from 3-10 p.m. on the heated rooftop terrace with pork and Southern sides, such as a whole roasted Vermont pig, Hoppin’ John, collard greens and buttermilk biscuits for $15. Drink specials will include $4 cans, $5 drafts, $6 punch and $7 cocktails. Guests can also sample a flight of Whistle Pig “Old World” rye whiskey, finished in special wine barrels such as madeira, sauternes and port, for $30.
Legal Sea Foods four DMV locations will be open on New Year’s Eve. They will serve an a la carte menu as well as a special holiday entrée. The restaurant at 704 Seventh St. will be open from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Tysons Galleria in Mclean and 2301 Jefferson Davis Hwy. in Crystal City will both be open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; and the newest location at National Hall in Ronald Reagan National Airport will be open from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. The restaurants will also be open regular hours on New Year’s Day.
L’Hommage Bistro Francais, 450 K St. NW, will offer a five-course tasting menu from 5 p.m.-close for $95 per person. The menu begins with torchon de foie gras served on brioche with fig jam and chestnut soup with chestnut honey crème fraîche and brioche croutons followed by Maine lobster with linguini and bouillabaisse demi. Next, diners can select from chestnut honey roasted duck breast with confit leg, roasted chestnut and cherry dressing or pan roasted monkfish bourguignon with baby vegetables and red wine sauce. For dessert, a petite pastry selection will be served.
Lupo Verde, 1401 T St. NW, will offer a traditional Italian feast with two seatings. The first seating, from 5-7 p.m., features a special a la carte menu The second seating at 7:30 p.m. will offer five items off the regular a la carte menu for $85 per person, or a pre-selected five-course menu for the same price along with a Champagne toast at midnight..
Macon Bistro & Larder, 5520 Connecticut Ave. NW, with serve a four-course prix fixe holiday menu for $75 with seatings at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. The diners at the second seating can countdown to the New Year with a Champagne toast at Midnight. Both seatings will begin with a heaping bowl of black-eyed peas served with braised collards and our famous Essie’s biscuits. In the South, eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is thought to bring prosperity in the New Year. The restaurant will also feature a flight of three Crémants for $20 or a flight of three Champagnes for $30. They will also be available by the glass or bottle.
The Majestic Café, 911 King St., Alexandria will serve its featured seasonal a la carte menu and holiday specials from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. New Year’s Eve. Specials include hand cut cast iron seared 16-ounce rib eye with caramelized foie gras butter and lobster risotto for $49; miso-glazed Chilean sea bass with pork belly, apple kimchi and whipped roasted cauliflower for $38; and linguine and clams with house-made squid ink linguine, littleneck clams and anchovy for $29. Pairing options include the Dr. Loosen Riesling sparkling for $36/bottle or the special Pierre Ferrand Grande Champagne Cognac Cocktail for $8. On New Year’s Day, the restaurant will serve its a la carte brunch from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dinner on New Year’s Day will be served from 4-11 p.m.
Masa 14, 1825 14th St. NW, is offering two seatings for New Year’s Eve from 5-7:30 p.m. and after 8 p.m. Those who reserve an early seating have two hours to enjoy a four-course, prix fixe dinner in the downstairs ing room for $60 per person, before heading to their celebration. Diners at the second seating will enjoy a four-course, prix fixe menu with additional specials priced at $80 per person including a choice of three New Year’s Eve specialty dishes and dessert as well as a Champagne toast at Midnight. Bar patrons will be able to take advantage of happy hour specials from 5-7 p.m. with $5 Yeungling, Dos Esquis, Amstel Light, house red and white wine by the glass, and signature cocktails. On New Year’s Day, Masa 14 will serve their prix fixe brunch in the main dining room from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for $39. Brunch includes an unlimited selection of cocktails and a selection of of salads, eggs, sandwiches and sweets. The special brunch offer must be ordered for the entire table. Dishes can also be ordered a la carte.
Nopa Kitchen + Bar, 800 F St. NW, will have two seatings on New Year’s Eve. The first, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., features a seasonal a la carte menu. The second seating, starting at 8 p.m., offers a four-course, prix fixe menu priced at $75 per person along with a Champagne toast at midnight. Beginning at 9 p.m., a DJ will spin to help ring in the New Year. Nopa Kitchen + Bar will be open for regular dinner service on New Year’s Day with diners receiving a complimentary glass of bubbly to toast the New Year.
The Oval Room, 800 Connecticut Ave. NW, will serve a special holiday menu New Year’s Eve. Offering two seatings, the first is available from 5:30-7 p.m. featuring a three-course prix fixe menu priced at $60 per person. At the second seating from 7:30-10 p.m., a four-course, prix fixe menu priced at $85 per person or $125 with wine pairings will be offered. The Oval Room will be open for regular dinner service on Jan. 1, and guests will receive a free glass of bubbly to toast the New Year.
Rasika, 633 D St. NW, will serve a special New Year’s Eve menu with two seatings. A three-course menu priced at $55 per person or $100 with wine pairings will be available from 5-7:15 p.m. During the second seating from 8 p.m.-close, a four-course menu will be available priced at $85 per person or $145 with wine pairings. A credit card is required to confirm all reservations, and a $25 cancelation fee will be applied for those who cancel within three days of the event. Rasika will be open for regular dinner service on New Year’s Day, and guests will receive a complimentary glass of bubbly to toast the New Year.
Rasika West End, 1190 New Hampshire Ave. NW, will serve a three-course menu priced at $55 or $100 with wine pairings 5-7:15 p.m. A four-course menu will be available from 8 p.m.-close priced at $85 per person or $145 with wine pairings. A credit card is required to confirm all reservations, and a $25 cancelation fee will be applied for those who cancel within three days of New Year’s Eve. The restaurant will be open for regular dinner service on Jan. 1 with guests receiving a complimentary glass of bubbly to toast the New Year.
Rosa Mexicano, 575 Seventh St. NW and 153 Waterfront St., National Harbor, is serving a four-course prix fixe New Year’s Eve dinner for $35 complete with a festive sparkling margarita. Dinner includes guacamole de Granada with pomegranate and pumpkin seeds, prepared tableside; lobster and short rib flautas; entrees such as a chicken and skirt steak skillet with slow-cooked peppers and Chihuahua cheese or the classic tablones, a slow-braised, bone-in short rib with smoky mestiza sauce; and a fiesta-sized tres leches cake for dessert.
Secret Chopsticks, 1850 Fort Myer Drive in Rosslyn, will celebrate New Year’s Eve with two special tasting menus from 5-10 p.m. Guests can select a six-course tasting menu priced at $79.99 per person or a nine-course tasting menu priced at $129.99 per person and includes a Champagne toast.
Slate Wine Bar + Bistro, 2404 Wisconsin Ave. NW, invites guests to come on out in their jammies, bathrobes, curlers, or onesies from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. New Year’s Day for its first annual Pajama Party Brunch, which includes a choice of two courses for $18 with an optional wine pairing for an additional $10 and bottomless mimosas for $15. The menu includes donut holes or duck breast egg rolls as a first course and for the second course, a choice of vanilla bean French toast brioche with cinnamon and bacon or sausage; Bistro Benedict with Canadian ham, hollandaise and home fries; chicken and waffles; Slate’s cheeseburger with herb mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion, cheddar or gruyere, fries or salad; or steak and eggs with filet mignon, two eggs any style and home fries for an additional $5. Dessert is available for $5 and includes a choice of tres leches cake or a warm fudge brownie served with vanilla ice cream.
The Source, 575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, will serve a five-course tasting menu for $130 per person and an additional $65 for wine pairings or a seven-course meal for $150 plus an additional $75 for wine pairings at 6 and 8:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The seven-course meal includes a chef’s amuse followed by a dim sum trio of uni, caviar and king crab. The second course is lobster egg drop soup with organic hen eggs and lobster wonton, followed by crisp bronzino filet with wok fired root vegetables and caper berry-black bean sauce. The fourth course is hot and numbing quail with fingerling potatoes and Sichuan peppercorns, followed by an intermezzo of fever tree ginger ale float. The fifth course is roasted pork belly with kabocha squash puree and tree smoked pork jus, followed by Snake River Farm’s Wagyu beef duo of grilled N.Y. strip and black pepper braised short rib. Dessert is a chocolate soufflé and passion fruit panna cotta with five spice mixed berry sorbet and a sesame tuile.
Station 4, 1101 Fourth St. SW, is offering a three-course, prix fixe menu from 5-10 p.m. New Year’s Eve for $65 per person. Those not wanting dinner can swing by for some late night fun from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. as the restaurant will host a “Studio Station 4”, 1970s-themed New Year’s Eve party with an open bar, passed appetizers, DJ and a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight. Tickets for the late-night celebration are $100 per person. Guests are encouraged to dress in their ‘70s finest for the chance to win a $150 gift card for best costume.
Tico, 1926 14th St. NW, will serve its regular a la carte menu until 11:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve along with two specials: bone marrow with watermelon radishes, oloroso sherry onion jam, and toasted bread; and Rappahannock oysters with preserved Meyer lemons and herb oil. On New Year’s Day, Tico will offer a “Stay In Your Pajamas-Disco Brunch” from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. with bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys for $19 along with its regular brunch menu. Diners are encouraged to wear pajamas, and there will be a special throwback disco soundtrack playing.
Vinoteca, 1940 11th St. NW, will offer a bubbly-paired five-course prix-fixe dinner for $65 per person or $105 with wine pairing at 6 p.m. or $75 per person or $120 with wine pairings at 9 p.m. Second seating guests can keep their table for the night and receive a sparkling wine toast and snacks at midnight. A “Class with a Glass” party from 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. for $99 per person includes two open bars with wines, craft beers and cocktails, an array of spirits and bottomless bubbly all night long. The outdoor plaza bar will transform into a “winter wonderland” with fire pits, heaters, twinkly lights and music, while the upstairs lounge will be bumping at full force for those who want to dance the night away to the year’s hits. There will be a midnight snack buffet
Yona, 4000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, will offer it’s a la carte menu in addition to a $75 tasting menu. The tasting menu includes zensai of chilled tofu with mushroom dashi, yamaimo and fresh wasabi; Okinawa seaweed with san bai zu, prawns; and ikura and a vegetable tasting paired with Barbera Brut Rose followed by an otsukuri course of Japanese snapper with Meyer lemon and speck; aji tataki with negi and Szechuan soy; tuna poke with shredded lettuce, shiso and nori; and smoked Hamachi with cojang, shiso and tobiko paird with Kubota Senju. The mushiono course is duck chawanmushi with foie, umeboshi and scichimi meringue paired with Wiens-Prum Riesling. The intermezzo course is beet-yuzu sho paird with Mio sparkling sake. The ramen course is king crab rame with uni butter and negi paired with Oloroso and Amontillado sherries. Dessert will be koshihikari rice panna cotta with chicory and young coconut paird with a Stanley or Zayna.
Zengo, 781 Seventh St. NW, will offer its regular a la carte menu with holiday specials from 5-11 p.m., with the last seating at 9 p.m. Prices range from $14-$31 each and each guests will receive a complimentary glass of Champagne to toast the New Year. On New Year’s Day, Zengo will serve its bottomless brunch with unlimited small plates and cocktails for $39 per person and $10 per child younger than 10 from 10 a.m-3 p.m. Bottomless Brunch must be ordered by the entire table, and the menu is offered exclusively for the prix-fixe service.
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