Financial website WalletHub recently released its list of Best Cities for New Year’s, comparing the 100 biggest cities across 29 key metrics. Washington, DC ranked among the top 10, receiving especially high marks for its dining and entertainment offerings. With that in mind, here is a list of some of the area’s best New Year’s Eve offerings.
minibar by José Andrés
minibar by José Andrés is offering a New Year’s Eve tasting menu with drinks designed to thrill the senses by pushing the limits of what you have come to expect – and what is possible – from food. The two Michelin-starred restaurant is promising an experience with all the trimmings that NYE is known for. Seatings are still available for 5:30 p.m. ($1000) and 9 p.m. ($1250)
In partnership with Drink the District, popular neighborhood bar and event venue Hook Hall is ringing in 2023 with a five-hour open bar featuring beer, wine, premium liquors, and signature cocktails ($115). There will also be DJs to keep the dance floor jumpin’.
The Watergate’s Kingbird is offering a three-course New Year’s Eve dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. ($195) and a five-course New Year’s Eve dinner from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. ($395). The five-course dinner includes admission to the Black Tie Disco Party, which will feature a premium open bar, retro dessert buffet, giant disco ball, entertainment, midnight champagne toast, and more. Tickets just for the Black Tie Disco Party are $250. Kingbird is also hosting a brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 pl.m. on New Year’s Day for $199 that will include unlimited mimosas and elevated favorites like Gingerbread Pancakes, Crab Benedict, and Quiche Loraine.
Art and Soul
Art and Soul is hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. that features complimentary champagne and a four-course dinner created and prepared by Executive Chef Danny Chavez ($125). The menu options include Wagyu Beef Tartare or Fall Vegetables Salad, Garganelli or Butter Poached Squash, Duck or Ribeye, and, for dessert, Chocolate Ganache Tart or Pear & Apple Sorbet.
Gerrard Street Kitchen
Gerrard Street Kitchen, located in The Darcy Hotel, is featuring a five-course prix fixe menu and a champagne toast with their favorite Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label on New Year’s Eve. Courses include a Seafood Tower for the table, Quail Egg Crostini & Caviar, Watermelon Fennel, Salad, Surf and Turf, followed by a Dessert Duo ($109). In addition, there is the option of a twelve-course Omakase menu consisting of soup, sushi, mains, and dessert along with champagne toasts ($289). Guests can also start 2023 off with Gerrard Street Kitchen’s New Year’s Day Brunch which includes a three-course tasting menu and bottomless mimosas or Bloody Mary’s ($70).
On New Year’s Eve at Ritz-Carlton Washington, DC’s Quadrant, guests can join Michelin-starred Chef Enrique Limardo and Beverage Director Carlos Boada for a limited seating cocktail tasting experience with snacks ($250).
It’s a night of unlimited drinks and food on New Year’s Eve at Michele’s. In partnership with Mumm & Pernod, Michele’s is treating guests to unlimited craft cocktails, Mumm Champagn, oysters, small bites, and bar food along with beats from DJ OZ ($175).
At Bammy’s in Navy Yard, James Beard-nominated Chef Peter Prime is offering a four-course dinner with a two-hour open bar ($175). The Caribbean-inspired menu includes Callaloo Soup, Black Eyed Peas, Jerk Cornish Hen and Key Lime Pie
Arlington’s Wilson Hardware is hosting its 6th Annual “Wilson Wonderland New Year’s Eve” celebration — and the first one in its newly-renovated space. Guests can party from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. with drink deals, dancing, and a live DJ. Ticket prices range from $40 to $350, with general admission entry including two drink tickets and party favors.
Royal Sands Social Club
Mission Group’s brand new Royal Sands Social Club, billed as DC’s largest bar, is hoping to make a splash with its New Year’s Eve bash. The sprawling two-level space with multiple bars is located next door to Mission Navy Yard, just steps away from Nationals Park. Starting at $100, tickets include a four-hour premium open bar, heavy appetizers, champagne toast, and party areas with NCY DJs Eric James and Sasin.
Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse
Reston Station’s new Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse is featuring a special four-course New Year’s Eve menu created by Executive Chef Michael Santiago ($95). From 4 p.m. to midnight, guests can enjoy items such as the Egg Fettuccine, Scallops, Tarragon Cream, Shaved White Truffles and Center Cut Filet Mignon, Lump Crab, Fingerling Potatoes, Rapini, Bearnaise.
Blue Duck Tavern
Award-winning Blue Duck Tavern at Park Hyatt Washington, DC is offering a three-course New Year’s Eve menu crafted by Executive Chef Andrew Cleverdon that features Sea Urchin & Crab, Foie Gras, Charred Radicchio, Spiced Rohan Duck Breast, and Wagyu Beef Loin ($165).
To help ring in the new year, Annabelle is offering a three-course menu showcasing former White House Chef Frank Ruta’s most notable dishes including Lobster & Turbot Boudin, Pan Roasted Quail, Ballotine of Organically Raised Guinea Fowl and Bouillabaisse of Icelandic Cod ($105).
Il Piatto, the newly opened Italian concept by Restauranteur Hakan Ilhan located steps from the White House, is putting an authentic Italian twist on New Year’s Eve. Its four-course menu prepared by Executive Chef Lina Nicolai includes Arancini, Branzino al Cartoccio, and Gnocchi con Gorgonzola ($79.95).