Black Friday, the annual kickoff to the holiday shopping season, isn’t just limited to retail. Restaurants are also in on the action, helping stressed buyers fuel up, catch a buzz, or do their shopping on-site with gift cards and deals on to-go food.
America Eats Tavern
3139 M Street NW
On Black Friday, the José Andrés eatery will open an hour early at 10 a.m. with doughnuts ($6) and boozy hot chocolate featuring Corsair Triple Smoke Whiskey ($10). Thanksgiving specials, like smoked turkey with gravy, cranberry sauce, and green bean casserole, will stick on “social hour” pricing all day. On Thanksgiving Day, Andrés will be with his World Central Kitchen team to feed those affected by the devastating California wildfires.
On Friday, Barcelona Wine Bar (on 14th Street NW and in Reston) will be open for brunch, while Barcelona Cathedral Heights will open at noon with its dinner menu and a community pig roast.
Charlie Palmer Steak
101 Constitution Avenue NW
Chef Mike Ellis’ newly delivered truffles star on a rotating tasting menu every Friday ($149, plus an extra $50 for beverage pairings). For more truffle inspiration — a delicacy designed to battle holiday blues — go here.
1914 9th Street NW
Buy a gift card to the Shaw staple and get a second card as a bonus. A gift card for $50, for instance, comes with a $10 bonus. The bonus card is transferrable (or you can keep it for yourself) and doesn’t expire until December 20, 2019.
385 Water Street SE
Can’t make it to Navy Yard to pick up booze at D.C.’s first winery? Its online retail store is now live, selling wines by the bottle, wine bundles, gift cards and more. Take 25 percent off all online purchases starting Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Shipping is available to D.C., Virginia, Florida and Minnesota only. More states, including Maryland, are coming soon.
1401 Okie Street NE
To celebrate the season of the Nutcracker, a new pre-theater experience crafted by chef Matt Baker includes a three-course menu for guests who dine at the months-old eatery before 7 p.m. (available Tuesdays to Fridays).
Hank’s Oyster, Pasta, and Cocktail Bars
From Friday, November 23, to Sunday, November 25, the homegrown oyster chain will dish out a bonus $20 gift card for every $100 gift card sold (online or on-site).
1201 F Street NW
The downtown seafood haunt will be offering $1 dollar oysters from open to close at the bar on Black Friday.
The expansion-minded coffee shop, which just announced a new lease at the Shops at Wisconsin Avenue in Chevy Chase, wants coffee fans to stay in their PJs this holiday season. Get 15 percent off online purchases of coffee, tea, gear, and gifts with the shopping code BESTWEEKEVER.
1616 N Troy St, Arlington, Virginia
The Arlington family-friendly eatery is offering $3 bloody marys all day on Friday, November 23. Those hosting the in-laws last-minute are in luck: A new family-style ordering model lets party planners pick up family-sized entrees, sides, and biscuits.
2233 M Street NW
The sports-centric West End cafe will sling its Saturday and Sunday-only brunch on Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. That includes a smoked salmon tartine with white wine-thyme sauce and French toast with Nutella, marscarpone, and strawberry compote. A bottomless mimosas pairing is available. It’s also happy hour all day, with $6 house red or white wine, $5 Eggenberg draft beers or a $7 specialty rum punch.