Break out the bubbly, Bitches, it’s time to ring in the New Year! We’ll be spending the big night celebrating with our loved ones at various venues around D.C. Then, we’ll kick off 2016 with brunch, of course. If your New Year’s resolution is to brunch more (as it should be), consider us your gurus. Here are some Bitch-approved New Year’s Eve parties and special brunches to nurse your first 2016 hangover.
New Year’s Eve Dinners
Celebrate New Year’s Eve on the ever-bustling 14th Street! Enjoy an a la carte dinner menu, holiday specials from chef Bart Vandaele, and amazing champagne offerings. Read our brunch review to get your mouth watering and book a table ASAP.
Dupont’s oldest Italian spot offers an a la carte menu for NYE. Appetizers will include our favorite Prosciutto San Daniele and burrata. Order seafood or pasta as your main, and make sure you try the gluten-free chocolate cake for dessert. Find more info here.
Ring in 2016 with a party at our most reliable restaurant in Barracks Row. Lavagna will have an open bar (beer, wine, rail drinks and champagne) from 10:30 p.m.- 2 a.m. Tickets are just $50 in advance, with discounts for large groups, so bring all your friends! For more information or to coordinate a large group reservation contact Emily Proppe at (202) 546-5006.
Rasika will serve a special New Year’s Eve menu prepared by Group Executive Chef Vikram Sunderam, with two seatings available. A three-course menu priced at $55 per person or $100 with wine pairings will be available from 5 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. During the second seating from 8 p.m. to close, a four-course menu will be available which is priced at $85 per person or $145 with wine pairings. Menu highlights include scallop peri-peri, crab wada and Kolkata Goat Curry with khus khus, mustard, and bay leaf. Rasika will be open for regular dinner service on January 1st, and guests will receive a complimentary glass of bubbly to toast the New Year. Read our review to get a taste of the menu, here.
Central celebrates the last night of the year with Executive Chef David Deshaies’s second annual New Year’s Eve “Citronelle at Central” celebration. There are two seatings, with two prix fixe menus of Citronelle dishes and optional wine pairings. A three-course early bird dinner (menu $55, wine $25) is offered from 5-6:30 p.m. At the main seating, the five-course prix fixe (menu $125, wine $75) is served 7-11 p.m. The fine creative French menu includes Loup de Mer Ceviche, classic Boudin Blanc, traditional lobster with sauternes sauce, Pennsylvania veal loin with winter black truffles, and finished with chocolate symphony and petits fours. At the stroke of midnight guests are treated to noisemakers, party favors, and a champagne toast.
If you’re looking for a delicious, affordable and no-frills meal, DC Harvest is your spot. The restaurant is offering a three-course dinner, with begins with a complimentary amuse bouche and concludes with a champagne toast, for a mere $59. The prix fixe options include some of our favorites, like the scallops, prime ribeye, and the blood orange creamsicle dessert. Those desserts are to die for. Read a recent dinner recap here.
If you’re looking for something fancy and festive, head to the Jefferson. The posh, boutique hotel is hosting a New Years Eve Dinner and the space is decorated to the nines for the holidays. Check out the staycation package here.
New Year’s Eve Parties
The Rye Bar will host a pre-celebrations / pre – dinner cocktail party featuring signature cocktails, a selection of champagnes by the glass and small bites. The Grill Room has a multi-course champagne dinner hosted by Executive Chef Frank Ruta and Master Sommelier Keith Goldston. Seating begins at 6pm – Price $350 (includes pairing with premium champagnes) – Access to the Rooftop New Year’s Eve Party – $100 per person. Then head to the rooftop for a Veuve Cliquot champagne bar and one signature cocktail. Award-Winning DJ Charles + percussionist will kick off the Rooftop Party from 6pm – 1am. Ticket entry = $150.
Be enchanted by the Winter Wonderland at Eden. With four levels of distinct music, six DJs, four bars, and eight hours of partying, Eden promises a wild night. The open bar is only 8-10 p.m., but there’s a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. General admission is only $35—one of the most affordable options in the District.
Start early and stay late at H Street’s hottest new retail-restaurant-cafe space, Maketto. Durkl, Rock Creek Social, and Chuck Taylor host an open bar, food, party favors and champagne and pizza at midnight from 7 p.m.-3 a.m. with music from Mane Squeeze and Mista Selecta. Buy tickets for $90 at DURKL.com
The 11th Annual Masquerade Ball is a DC tradition at Howard Theatre. Get dolled up in semi-formal attire, grab a complimentary masquerade mask, and make a night of it. With party favors, a photo booth, and a champagne toast, you might just meet a perfect stranger for 2016. Tickets, here.
This New Year’s Eve, don your chicest winter attire for Poste’s Winter Wonderland! From 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., Poste’s patio will transform into a polar palace, complete with elaborate ice sculptures, a double ice luge, an open bar serving Stella Artois and Perrier Jouet, a seafood buffet, live entertainment and heaters, blankets, and firepits to keep toasty. All inclusive tickets are available for $120 via Eventbrite.
Fig and Olive
The CityCenterDC staple is hosting a fabulous White and Gold New Year’s Eve party in partnership with Moet & Chandon. The night will be broken into two different options: The first is a four-course meal with a champagne toast at 8:30pm for $150/person, and the second is a cocktail party-style reception from 9 p.m. to after midnight with passed hors d’oeuvres, party favors, etc. for $100/person.
New Year’s Day Brunch Guide
Blue Duck Tavern
Then on New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1, Blue Duck Tavern will serve its weekend a la carte brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for guests to linger leisurely or gather with friends. Read our brunch review here. For additional information or reservations, please visit www.blueducktavern.com or call +1 202 419 6755. Blue Duck Tavern, Park Hyatt Washington, Washington, D.C.
One of our favorite bottomless brunch spots, DC Harvest, is open for New Year’s Day brunch. The brunch is cozy, bottomless, and damn delicious. It’s the perfect place to stay all day.
If waking up early is your resolution, here’s some serious motivation.The early bird gets the bellini at Urbana’s annual New Year’s Day progressive brunch. Starting at 8 a.m., the first table to arrive receives unlimited bellinis for $1 per person, $2 per person for the next table, and so on, as they count up to the new year and reach $16 per person. Pair with brunch favorites such as Nutella French Toast and Jumbo Lump Crab Crostino.
Recover with ramen at Zentan’s Futsukayoi (hangover) brunch. Enjoy traditional Japanese comfort foods such as noodles, gyoza, and fried rice dishes. For an extra kick, try the Japanese Bloody Mary made with shochu, tomato consommé, and a dash of yuzu.
Nothing says “hair of the dog” quite like margaritas and a jarra of mimosas from Guajillo. Head on over for a traditional mexican brunch and mezcal. Try the super spicy Bloody Maria to cure that hangover.
Medium Rare, Slate Wine Bar
Feeling exceptionally lazy? Two Washingyon restaurants are making it so you don’t even have to change your clothes for brunch. Medium Rare hosts its 3rd annual bottomless pajama brunch at both locations. Feast on steak frites and special sauce, and you might win prizes for cutest matching couple and family PJs. If you want to truly “comes as you are,” Slate Wine Bar is also hosting a Pajama Party Brunch. The menu offers a choice of two courses for $18 with optional wine pairing an additional $10 and an option of an additional $15 for bottomless mimosas.
El Centro D.F., Masa 14, Zengo
If you’re feeling hungry, Richard Sandoval’s restaurants Zengo, Masa 14, and both El Centro D.F. locations are offering the prix fixe brunches of unlimited small plates and bottomless cocktails. For specific menus, check out the website.
Dino’s Grotto opens at noon and is offering brunch in the bar or dining room. The bottomless brunch for $29 features your choice of starter, main, and bottomless mimosas, Bloodys, or bellini. Or, order ala carte!
Kapnos and Kapnos Taverna
Mike Isabella’s Kapnos and Kapnos Taverna are both open for Greek brunch. We’d recommend the pikila sampler and the Instagram-worthy Greek coffee waffle. These brunches are on the pricier side, but hey, it’s 2016—treat yo’self.
Our brunch go-to spot is open for New Year’s Day—for auld lang syne. You can never go wrong with Lavagna.
Cure your hangover with an epic brunch burger, some pasta, and bottomless mimosas in the sunny, cozy atrium at La Tomate. Once, we spent five hours there.
Lincoln’s annual hangover brunch keeps the party going on Friday with endless mimosas, bellinis, and Bloody Marys. As far as deals go, $37 gives you access to an unlimited waffle and omelette buffet, including your choice of two sides.
Looking for brunch with a view? Head over to the The Grill Room at the Capella Hotel for a burger with a side of bubbly. Mention Bitches and get a complimentary mimosa. Keep the party going all day with their fabulous champagne cart. Cheers!
Florida Ave Grill
D.C.’s oldest soul food joint is hosting a very special F&11 vegan NYD brunch. It’s non-alcoholic, but for just $40 you can get down with funky food and funky tunes. Only 35 tickets are available so snatch them up quick!
Need a boozy milkshake? Satellite Room hosts a no nonsense recovery brunch on New Year’s Day. It doesn’t even start until 1 p.m., so even the staff can nurse their hangovers ahead of time.
Bitch Biz: Capella, Central, Guajillo, La Tomate, and Lavagna are partners. While this article was written independently by Bitches Who Brunch, we do receive compensation from these companies.