2016 will likely be remembered as one of the more eventful years in recent history. But why dwell on the past — or the future, for that matter? Soon it will be time to welcome with friends and fun whatever 2017 will bring. Since food and drink tend to play a large part in said fun, assuming you want to partake in public (you brave, brave soul), here is an alphabetical listing of area restaurants that will make you glad you ventured out. And remember, it’s really the last hurrah for Nora, America’s first organic restaurant, closing its doors after 37 years. . .
BANGKOK JOE’S | 3000 K St. NW
Four-course prix-fixe menu at $55 per person (a la carte menu also available).
BLUE DUCK TAVERN | Park Hyatt, 24th Street NW at M
Four-course menu of market selections at $130 per person. Party in the lounge with open bar, live music, small plates, champagne toast and dessert at $195 per person.
BOURBON STEAK | Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Two New Year’s Eve seatings: a three-course menu at $80 per person from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and a seven-course tasting menu at $195 per person from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Additional $75 for wine pairings.
CAFE MILANO | 3251 Prospect St. NW
A Frank Sinatra New Year’s of music and dancing, with a tasting menu starting at $150, including a glass of sparkling wine.
CHEZ BILLY SUD | 1039 31st St. NW
Executive chef Brendan L’Etoile’s three-course menu at $95 per person. Additional $40 for wine pairings.
DECLARATION | 804 V St. NW
Three- and four-course menus with an eclectic mix of dishes at $35 and $45 per person, respectively.
ENO WINE BAR | 2810 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Live music and food and drink specials. Complimentary two-hour valet parking at Four Seasons Hotel.
THE GRILL ROOM AT ROSEWOOD | 1050 31st St. NW
Six-course, prix-fixe New Year’s Eve menu at $150 per person, $240 with wine pairings (vegetarian option also available).
J. PAUL’S | 3218 M St. NW
Prix-fixe menu, wine, champagne, party favors and a live DJ.
MARCEL’S | 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Four-course New Year’s Eve celebration dinner with two seatings: 5 to 6:30 p.m. at $150 per person and 7:30 p.m. and later at $225 per person.
NORA | 2132 Florida Ave. NW
Five-course prix-fixe menu at $130 per person.
OLD GLORY BBQ | 3139 M St. NW
Casino Royale featuring premium open bar from 8 p.m. to midnight, cash bar after midnight. Pre-sale tickets are $65.
PAOLO’S RISTORANTE | 1303 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Four-course Calitalian wine-pairing menu by chef Matthew, plus a live DJ, party favors and a midnight champagne toast.
PEACOCK CAFÉ | 3251 Prospect St. NW
Four-course prix-fixe New Year’s Eve menu at $65 per person (limited a la carte selection also available), plus special champagne prices, music and dancing.
RISTORANTE PICCOLO | 1068 31st St. NW
Romantic, candlelit alternative celebration with three roaring fireplaces and a strolling musician. Midnight champagne toast.
TONY AND JOE’S | 3000 K St. NW
#RiveBash with a top-shelf open bar, a buffet of heavy appetizers and live music by Josh Burgess Band. Tickets are $150 and going up.