December 31, 2008

Say Yum: Last Minute NYE Rezzies

2008 is rapidly drawing to a close, and in case you’re searching for the perfect last-minute plans, Deacon has sniffed out some of the area’s best parties and deals.

Asia Nine is offering a “Lucky New Years Eve” menu, with a four-course meal reflecting Thai and Chinese influences. In Thailand, 9 is a lucky number, while the Chinese favor number 8. For $89.09, you can score four courses plus a sparkling wine toast. Options include Coconut-Lime Shrimp Satay with Mango Salsa; Crispy Spring Rolls; Surf & Turf (Filet Mignon with Coconut Shrimp) with Ginger Hollandaise Sauce;; Oven Roasted Salmon Fillet with Jumbo Lump Crabmeat & Champagne Sauce; ; and New Year Blessing Sashimi & Nigiri Sushi. For dessert, mouth-watering choices include Marquise Au Chocolate or ‘Paradise.’ Reservations are available beginning at 4 p.m.
915 E Street, NW, 202-629-4355;

At Art And Soul, choose from an early or late dinner, or simply gather for a post-holiday brunch. A four-course menu is served from 5:30-8:30, with dishes like Trio of Duck, seared breast, sausage and duck cracklin’s with pomegranate red cabbage and fresh herb puree; and the Smothered Rib eye with grits, caramelized onions and bourbon cream. The $115 five-course late seating includes an added dish of hoe cakes, and a complimentary glass of champagne. If you’re searching for brunch options, the “Recovery Brunch” includes dishes like Hoppin’ John and is offered until 2:30 p.m. on New Years Day. A special $259 overnight rate also includes a $100 restaurant gift card. Visit or call 1-866-AFFINIA for reservations.

Party Spanish-Style at Taberna del Alabardero, with a special five-course menu, including dishes like Sweetbreads and Shrimp brochette and Braised Squid with cauliflower and truffle emulsion, Turbot with a morel mushroom crust, chestnuts and porcini cream and Roasted Suckling Pig with figs marinated in sherry. After dessert, enjoy a Spanish New Years Grape Ceremony, where guests enjoy one grape per second for the 12 seconds counting down to new years, as a symbol of good fortune and prosperity for the 12 months ahead. A midnight toast of Cava is included in the $98 price. 1776 “Eye” Street, NW, in Washington, D.C., with an entrance on 18th Street, 202-429-2200;

Indulge in the Seven Deadly Sins at Nage, with a seven-course tasting menu for $75, plus a complimentary Champagne Toast at midnight. Dishes include Greed, or Truffled Lobster Mac n’ Cheese and Shaved Oregon Truffles, Sloth: Pork Belly with Lemon Parsnip Puree and Pride - a seven layer chocolate cake.

OYA is offering two dinner seatings for New Year's, the first from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and the second from 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. For the first seating, guests may choose from a $28 three-course dinner menu consisting of innovative French-Asian fusion cuisine or items from the full sushi menu a la carte. The second seating will feature a five-course chef's tasting menu with sparkling wine toast at midnight, plus DJ & dancing and party favors for $95 per person. To spice up the event, New Year's Eve marks the return of 'Sex', a provocative brut rosé sparkling wine made of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes from California. 777 9th Street, NW, 202-393-1400;

Mio is offering guests a chance to indulge this New Year’s Eve with a decadent four-course dinner. Seatings will take place at 5:30, 6:00 or 6:30 pm for $70 for those looking to be home when the ball drops, or at 8:30, 9:00 or 9:30 pm for $85. Chef Nicholas Stefanelli is also preparing an exquisite six-course tasting menu, which is available the entire evening for $120 per person. Mio welcomes all guests to join in a champagne toast at midnight and continue the festivities well into the morning at Mio’s bar. 1110 Vermont Avenue NW, 202.955.0075.

VOLT is offering two dinner seatings – 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Early seating guests can choose from a five-course tasting menu for $69 or a nine-course tasting menu for $109. Wine pairings are available for each tasting menu for an additional $35 and $50. In addition to dinner, VOLT’s lounge will offer an open bar, passed canapés and champagne toast. The lounge celebration will be 9:00 p.m. and is $75 in advance, $85 at the door and an additional $25 for dinner guests. 228 North Market Street, Frederick, 301-696-VOLT.

BLT Steak DC offers guests the prefect downtown location for a year’s New Year’s Eve celebration. BLT Steak’s extensive raw bar and prime meat options such as Japanesse Kobe Strip and Wagyu Ribeye, are prefect for those looking to have an exquisite night in the heart of the district. Dishes include Molten Chocolate Cake wih Fresh Peppermint Ice Cream and Eggnog Semifreddo with housemade gingersnaps and butterscotch snaps. 1625 Eye Street NW; 202-689-8999.

Urbana offers a three course $65 prix fixe menu, and guests booking reservations by 6:30 p.m. will get a special break at $50. Option include lobster bisque with spiced crab dumplings, prosciutto wrapped sturgeon with sautéed spinach and caviar cream, and a house-made pasta carbonara with fresh winter truffles and a poached egg. Dinner guests in the restaurant at midnight will receive complimentary champagne and party favors. 2121 P Street, NW, 202-956-6650.

Jaleo creates the ambience of a traditional Spanish noche vieja. From 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Jaleo will offer an a la carte menu with New Year’s Eve specials. At 8:30 p.m., Jaleo will offer a second seating, when guests indulge in veritable feast of Spanish tapas priced at $85 per person at Jaleo DC and for $75 per person at Jaleo Bethesda and Jaleo Crystal City. Dishes include Rabo de toro con Pedro Ximenez, Braised boneless oxtail served with oranges, potato puree and PX red wine sauce and Parmentier de Cigalas, Norway lobster and black trumpet mushrooms over potato puree. At midnight, guests of the second seating will be presented with a glass of sparkling cava for toasting, and in keeping with the Spanish New Year’s Eve custom, 12 grapes for good luck. The celebration continues with a DJ and dancing. Jaleo downtown is located at 480 7th Street NW, 202-628-7949; Jaleo Bethesda is at 7271 Woodmont Avenue, 301-913-0003 and Jaleo Crystal City is located at 2250-A Crystal Drive, 703-413-8181.

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