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Where to Eat, Drink, and Party on New Year’s Eve

20 festive options that swing from affordable to excessive

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Le Diplomate’s pricey party is all about excess
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A new decade begins at the stroke of midnight Tuesday, and D.C. restaurants and bars are pulling out all the stops to make the milestone night a memorable one.

New Year’s Eve parties traditionally get customers to cough up $100 or more. While three-figure ticket prices are alive and well, there’s also plenty of no-cover options and events with a la carte drinks and bites, too. Free Champagne at midnight is a given.

Pro tip: earlier dinner seatings are typically cheaper, and many meals below don’t include tax or gratuity — so be sure to graciously tip anyone who’s working through the festivities.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Taqueria del Barrio

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821 Upshur St NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 723-0200
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An early bird pre-game NYE fete (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) includes $5 margaritas, $20 carafes, and Drag Trivia starting at 4:30 p.m., all while partaking in its taco Tuesday of the year.

2. Brookland's Finest Bar and Kitchen

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3126 12th St NE
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 636-0050
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A New Orleans-style distiller dinner designed for two pairs three courses with Cotton & Reed rum cocktails ($65). Patrons can wash down a Cajun cobb salad with a Vieux Carré or King Cake cupcakes  with a Hurricane. Full details can be found here. A no-reservation policy is lifted for New Year’s Eve (book from 4 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.).

3. Compass Rose

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1346 T St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 506-4765
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Starting at 9 p.m., Rose Previte’s Logan Circle mainstay will throw a market-style soiree with stations showcasing cuisines from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, Philippines, and Lebanon. Think empanadas, pintxos, and falafel. Tickets ($75) include a glass of bubbly and a post-midnight snack, with drinks like globally-sourced natural wines available for purchase.

Compass Rose
Compass Rose
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4. Le Diplomate

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1601 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-3333
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Stephen Starr’s French restaurant will do as the Parisians do and throw a late-night “La Grande Fête” feast, starting at 9 p.m. Diners can get the party started with mini passed versions of popular orders like mushroom tartlettes and burger sliders, followed by caviar-adorned fruits de mer plateaus at the table.

Fancy mains include a roasted beef tenderloin and butter poached lobster with white truffle and salsify puree. To up the Moulin Rouge theme, expect burlesque dancers, dramatic decor, a dance floor, roaming sketch artists, and over-the-top pours of Champagne, wines, and cocktails. Tickets are pricey ($275) but include all eats, entertainment, and drinks.

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5. New Vegas Lounge

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1415 P St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 483-3971
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The lively D.C. institution that turns 50 at midnight will throw an epic NYE bash with tunes from D.C.’s Out Of Town Blues Band and champagne toast for $25, with a la carte drinks sold at the bar.

6. Nina May

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1337 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 518-3609
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Shaw’s new American restaurant will fill up diners on plates full of clams and caviar; smoked trout, collard greens, and cured lemon; and grilled, dry-aged porterhouse steaks with cornmeal polenta. The first seating at 5 p.m. is $60 per person. An 8 p.m. seating ($80 per person) includes a midnight toast.

7. The Crown & Crow

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1317 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 763-7552
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The basement bar tucked along the roaring 14th Street NW corridor will offer an open bar (beers, wines, Tito’s, Redemption rye, mulled cider), light bites, a midnight Champagne toast, and live music for $90. Party time starts at 8 p.m.

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8. Nicoletta Italian Kitchen

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901 4th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 697-6888
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The new pizza and pasta parlor in Mt. Vernon Triangle will ring in its first NYE with a straightforward, all-night happy hour at the bar. Steals include $3 Peronis, proseccos, and wines on tap, along with $5 cocktails like a paloma and Rum Buck. Navy Yard sister spot Osteria Morini’s plans are a little more refined, starring multi-course menus ($85-$95/person) from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

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9. Prather's On The Alley

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455 I St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 838-9633
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The retooled Mt. Vernon Triangle eatery, now under chef Tim Ma’s watch, has a three-course menu for $55 with a wine pairing for $25 more. The bar will accommodate walk-ins with full dinner service. Stick around for free NYE party favors and a toast at midnight: “No tickets. No lines. Just come on by,” reads the no-frills Facebook invite.

10. Estuary

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950 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 844-5895
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The glitzy Conrad hotel restaurant will pair an elevated five-course tasting menu with live local music. Dishes from the Voltaggio brothers’ restaurant include foie gras toast, Chesapeake rockfish, and black truffle gnocchi ($150 per person from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.), followed by an elaborate midnight countdown under its soaring atrium.

11. The Bombay Club

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815 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 659-3727
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The upscale Indian eatery’s multi-course dinner menus star sweet potato tuk with date tamarind chutney; chettinad shrimp; Malai venison chop; and chicken tikka lababdar. A dessert sampler features chocolate opera cake and pineapple yuzu cardamom. A piano player will perform from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. An early three-course option is $55 (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) precedes a five-course seating ($85) from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

12. Bar Elena

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414 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 450-3265
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The dressed-down Atlas District bar trades cover charges for early (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and late (10 p.m. to 11 p.m.) happy hour deals. There will be free hats, noisemakers, and a Champagne toast. A post-ball drop breakfast menu is available from 12 a.m. to 1 a.m. And at NoMa sister The Eleanor, $20 at the door comes with unlimited arcade play all night and personal “Champagne” bottles of Miller High Life (followed by a “Champagne of Beers” toast at midnight).

13. Flight Wine Bar

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777 6th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 864-6445
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The splashy Penn Quarter wine bar will ring in 2020 by celebrating women in the industry, busting out pricey pours from female-led labels like Chehalem Winery in Oregon. The four-course dinner ($55 per person, and $50 extra for wine pairings) includes crispy kale salad, pan roasted salmon, and flank steak, with seatings at 5 p.m., 7:15 p.m., and 10 p.m.

Flight Wine Bar
Flight Wine Bar
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14. The Boardwalk DC

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507 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 347-7665
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For a no-over option in the heart of Penn Quarter, head to the new beachside boardwalk-themed replacement to Iron Horse Tap Room for drink specials, games, party favors, and a Champagne toast. The night kicks off at 9 p.m.

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15. Union Pub

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201 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 546-7200
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”The 4th Annual New Year’s Eve Formal Kegger at UP!” — essentially a “house party at a bar” (8 p.m. to 3 a.m.) — includes AYCD, pour-your-own beer kegs, canned beers, select liquor, complimentary appetizers, Jell-O shots, and a toast for the ball drop aired on a dizzying number of TVs ($70). Look for plenty of cutouts of Taylor Swift (this year’s muse). Sister spots Barrel and The Eastern also have fun parties planned.

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16. Ambar Capitol Hill

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523 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 813-3039
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The well-known Balkan restaurant will dish out unlimited small plates and drinks for $69 (two-hour time limit, 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.), with a second seating from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ($79-$99) that runs until midnight for food and 12:30 a.m. for drinks. Bottomless bites include pumpkin soup with lemongrass; truffle kajmak; roasted lamb shoulder; and dry aged ribeye. For cocktails, there’s a blackberry and gin sour and the caffeinated “Boozy Gossip” with vodka, Bailey’s, Kahlua, espresso, Turkish coffee, and mint.

 

17. 12 Stories

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75 District Square SW 12th Floor
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 894-9700
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The swanky bar sitting pretty atop the InterContinental Hotel will host a Kettle One open bar (8 p.m. to 10 p.m.) with passed apps (9 p.m. to 11 p.m.), music by DJ Andrew Hypes, and a complimentary Moët & Chandon champagne clink at midnight. General admission tickets are for $120. Ballers can opt for table service (jdallesasse@12storiesdc.com) with specials on bottles and magnums of the bubbly.

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18. Shilling Canning Company

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360 Water St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 554-7474
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Chef Reid Shilling will throw an epic 1920s-themed New Year’s Eve dinner in honor of the 85-year-old family business that supplies the name for his months-old Navy Yard restaurant. Prohibition-era cocktails like a Sazerac and French 75 are fit for flappers, and a decadent four-course menu includes options like chicken liver mousse; lobster and caviar salad; Cape May flounder with glazed winter vegetables; and buttermilk pie with toffee crumble ($95 per person), starting at 5 p.m.

19. Dacha Navy Yard

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79 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 919-3800
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The stylish eatery in the shadows of Nationals Park will close out the decade with a disco-themed soiree featuring a five-hour buffet and open bar stocked with Tito’s vodka, Filibuster whiskey, Cotton & Reed rum. L.A. DJs Juice and Benny Bridges will spin with a high-tech light show. Tickets are currently going for $136 and will shoot up to $163 for last-minute party planners. A VIP package ($210) includes reserved banquette seating stocked with Beluga vodka, Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, and Patron.

20. FISH by Jose Andres

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MGM Resort & Casino, 101 MGM National Ave
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
(301) 971-6050
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José Andrés’s $175 barmini dinner is sold out, but his star restaurant inside NYE magnet MGM National Harbor has special one-night dishes planned. Think a family-style fisherman’s stew ($64) with Chilean Seabass, clams, mussels, shrimp, squid, saffron broth, rustic bread and garlic aioli and a roasted branzino ($48), with reservations starting at 5 p.m.

1. Taqueria del Barrio

821 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011

An early bird pre-game NYE fete (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) includes $5 margaritas, $20 carafes, and Drag Trivia starting at 4:30 p.m., all while partaking in its taco Tuesday of the year.

821 Upshur St NW
Washington, DC 20011

2. Brookland's Finest Bar and Kitchen

3126 12th St NE, Washington, DC 20017

A New Orleans-style distiller dinner designed for two pairs three courses with Cotton & Reed rum cocktails ($65). Patrons can wash down a Cajun cobb salad with a Vieux Carré or King Cake cupcakes  with a Hurricane. Full details can be found here. A no-reservation policy is lifted for New Year’s Eve (book from 4 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.).

3126 12th St NE
Washington, DC 20017

3. Compass Rose

1346 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Compass Rose
Compass Rose
R. Lopez

Starting at 9 p.m., Rose Previte’s Logan Circle mainstay will throw a market-style soiree with stations showcasing cuisines from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, Philippines, and Lebanon. Think empanadas, pintxos, and falafel. Tickets ($75) include a glass of bubbly and a post-midnight snack, with drinks like globally-sourced natural wines available for purchase.

1346 T St NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. Le Diplomate

1601 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Le Diplomate/official photo

Stephen Starr’s French restaurant will do as the Parisians do and throw a late-night “La Grande Fête” feast, starting at 9 p.m. Diners can get the party started with mini passed versions of popular orders like mushroom tartlettes and burger sliders, followed by caviar-adorned fruits de mer plateaus at the table.

Fancy mains include a roasted beef tenderloin and butter poached lobster with white truffle and salsify puree. To up the Moulin Rouge theme, expect burlesque dancers, dramatic decor, a dance floor, roaming sketch artists, and over-the-top pours of Champagne, wines, and cocktails. Tickets are pricey ($275) but include all eats, entertainment, and drinks.

1601 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. New Vegas Lounge

1415 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005

The lively D.C. institution that turns 50 at midnight will throw an epic NYE bash with tunes from D.C.’s Out Of Town Blues Band and champagne toast for $25, with a la carte drinks sold at the bar.

1415 P St NW
Washington, DC 20005

6. Nina May

1337 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Shaw’s new American restaurant will fill up diners on plates full of clams and caviar; smoked trout, collard greens, and cured lemon; and grilled, dry-aged porterhouse steaks with cornmeal polenta. The first seating at 5 p.m. is $60 per person. An 8 p.m. seating ($80 per person) includes a midnight toast.

1337 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

7. The Crown & Crow

1317 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Crown & Crow/official photo

The basement bar tucked along the roaring 14th Street NW corridor will offer an open bar (beers, wines, Tito’s, Redemption rye, mulled cider), light bites, a midnight Champagne toast, and live music for $90. Party time starts at 8 p.m.

1317 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

8. Nicoletta Italian Kitchen

901 4th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Nicoletta/official photo

The new pizza and pasta parlor in Mt. Vernon Triangle will ring in its first NYE with a straightforward, all-night happy hour at the bar. Steals include $3 Peronis, proseccos, and wines on tap, along with $5 cocktails like a paloma and Rum Buck. Navy Yard sister spot Osteria Morini’s plans are a little more refined, starring multi-course menus ($85-$95/person) from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

901 4th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

9. Prather's On The Alley

455 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001

The retooled Mt. Vernon Triangle eatery, now under chef Tim Ma’s watch, has a three-course menu for $55 with a wine pairing for $25 more. The bar will accommodate walk-ins with full dinner service. Stick around for free NYE party favors and a toast at midnight: “No tickets. No lines. Just come on by,” reads the no-frills Facebook invite.

455 I St NW
Washington, DC 20001

10. Estuary

950 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

The glitzy Conrad hotel restaurant will pair an elevated five-course tasting menu with live local music. Dishes from the Voltaggio brothers’ restaurant include foie gras toast, Chesapeake rockfish, and black truffle gnocchi ($150 per person from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.), followed by an elaborate midnight countdown under its soaring atrium.

950 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

11. The Bombay Club

815 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

The upscale Indian eatery’s multi-course dinner menus star sweet potato tuk with date tamarind chutney; chettinad shrimp; Malai venison chop; and chicken tikka lababdar. A dessert sampler features chocolate opera cake and pineapple yuzu cardamom. A piano player will perform from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. An early three-course option is $55 (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) precedes a five-course seating ($85) from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

815 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006

12. Bar Elena

414 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

The dressed-down Atlas District bar trades cover charges for early (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and late (10 p.m. to 11 p.m.) happy hour deals. There will be free hats, noisemakers, and a Champagne toast. A post-ball drop breakfast menu is available from 12 a.m. to 1 a.m. And at NoMa sister The Eleanor, $20 at the door comes with unlimited arcade play all night and personal “Champagne” bottles of Miller High Life (followed by a “Champagne of Beers” toast at midnight).

414 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

13. Flight Wine Bar

777 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Flight Wine Bar
Flight Wine Bar
R. Lopez/Eater DC

The splashy Penn Quarter wine bar will ring in 2020 by celebrating women in the industry, busting out pricey pours from female-led labels like Chehalem Winery in Oregon. The four-course dinner ($55 per person, and $50 extra for wine pairings) includes crispy kale salad, pan roasted salmon, and flank steak, with seatings at 5 p.m., 7:15 p.m., and 10 p.m.

777 6th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

14. The Boardwalk DC

507 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
The first-floor bar at The Boardwalk Anna Meyer/The Boardwalk

For a no-over option in the heart of Penn Quarter, head to the new beachside boardwalk-themed replacement to Iron Horse Tap Room for drink specials, games, party favors, and a Champagne toast. The night kicks off at 9 p.m.

507 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

15. Union Pub

201 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
Union Pub/Facebook

”The 4th Annual New Year’s Eve Formal Kegger at UP!” — essentially a “house party at a bar” (8 p.m. to 3 a.m.) — includes AYCD, pour-your-own beer kegs, canned beers, select liquor, complimentary appetizers, Jell-O shots, and a toast for the ball drop aired on a dizzying number of TVs ($70). Look for plenty of cutouts of Taylor Swift (this year’s muse). Sister spots Barrel and The Eastern also have fun parties planned.

201 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

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16. Ambar Capitol Hill

523 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

The well-known Balkan restaurant will dish out unlimited small plates and drinks for $69 (two-hour time limit, 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.), with a second seating from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ($79-$99) that runs until midnight for food and 12:30 a.m. for drinks. Bottomless bites include pumpkin soup with lemongrass; truffle kajmak; roasted lamb shoulder; and dry aged ribeye. For cocktails, there’s a blackberry and gin sour and the caffeinated “Boozy Gossip” with vodka, Bailey’s, Kahlua, espresso, Turkish coffee, and mint.

 

523 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

17. 12 Stories

75 District Square SW 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20024
Anna Meyer/12 Stories

The swanky bar sitting pretty atop the InterContinental Hotel will host a Kettle One open bar (8 p.m. to 10 p.m.) with passed apps (9 p.m. to 11 p.m.), music by DJ Andrew Hypes, and a complimentary Moët & Chandon champagne clink at midnight. General admission tickets are for $120. Ballers can opt for table service (jdallesasse@12storiesdc.com) with specials on bottles and magnums of the bubbly.

75 District Square SW 12th Floor
Washington, DC 20024

18. Shilling Canning Company

360 Water St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Chef Reid Shilling will throw an epic 1920s-themed New Year’s Eve dinner in honor of the 85-year-old family business that supplies the name for his months-old Navy Yard restaurant. Prohibition-era cocktails like a Sazerac and French 75 are fit for flappers, and a decadent four-course menu includes options like chicken liver mousse; lobster and caviar salad; Cape May flounder with glazed winter vegetables; and buttermilk pie with toffee crumble ($95 per person), starting at 5 p.m.

360 Water St SE
Washington, DC 20003

19. Dacha Navy Yard

79 Potomac Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

The stylish eatery in the shadows of Nationals Park will close out the decade with a disco-themed soiree featuring a five-hour buffet and open bar stocked with Tito’s vodka, Filibuster whiskey, Cotton & Reed rum. L.A. DJs Juice and Benny Bridges will spin with a high-tech light show. Tickets are currently going for $136 and will shoot up to $163 for last-minute party planners. A VIP package ($210) includes reserved banquette seating stocked with Beluga vodka, Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, and Patron.

79 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

20. FISH by Jose Andres

MGM Resort & Casino, 101 MGM National Ave, Oxon Hill, MD 20745

José Andrés’s $175 barmini dinner is sold out, but his star restaurant inside NYE magnet MGM National Harbor has special one-night dishes planned. Think a family-style fisherman’s stew ($64) with Chilean Seabass, clams, mussels, shrimp, squid, saffron broth, rustic bread and garlic aioli and a roasted branzino ($48), with reservations starting at 5 p.m.

MGM Resort & Casino, 101 MGM National Ave
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

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