Area restaurants offering feasts, brunches for Christmas, New Years
Macon Bistro & Larder (5520 Connecticut Ave. NW) is starting a fried chicken and champagne promotion for December on Mondays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Drumsticks are priced at $3 each with sides available for an additional $4.
Teatime at the Hay-Adams Hotel (800 16th St. NW) takes place on Sundays on Dec. 4,
11 and 18, with reservations from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tea includes a selection of sandwiches, cakes, tartlets and scones, with a special children’s menu as well as a pot of tea and a glass of Taittinger Champagne. Tea is priced at $50 per person ($65 with champagne), and $35 for children under 12. Pianist Tom Vogt will entertain with holiday songs.
Holiday afternoon tea is also a special at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel’s Peacock Alley (1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW), daily from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. throughout December. Organic teas, little sandwiches and pastries are on the menu, with the accompaniment of a live harpist. Tea is priced at $52 for adults and $22 for children.
Christmas Day brunch will be celebrated in the hotel’s Willard and Crystal Rooms with an assortment of dishes from a variety of stations. Seatings are 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Prices are $110 for adults and $55 for children.
Each afternoon until Christmas Eve, chorale performances take place in the hotel lobby from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The lobby Christmas tree will be decorated with the Willard’s collection of White House ornaments, this year honoring the administration of Herbert Hoover and inspired by the fire engines that responded to the 1929 Christmas Eve fire at the White House and the toy trucks presented to children by the Hoovers the following Christmas.
The hotel’s Cafe du Parc will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, serving a seasonal prix fixe three-course lunch and four-course dinner, as well as an a la carte menu.
On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, All Set Restaurant & Bar (8630 Fenton St., Silver Spring) will serve a brunch buffet featuring classic American cuisine with traditions of coastal New England, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a New Year’s Eve dinner, complete with masquerade party, music and dancing. The buffet is priced at $50 per person; New Year’s Eve dinner at $60.
On New Year’s Eve, Bourbon Steak (2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) will serve a seven-course dinner. After the final seating, each guest will receive a cream puff from the croque-en-bouche tower — a traditional French dessert pyramid of individual cream puffs. A prize trinket will be hidden in one of the puffs, providing the winner a complimentary night at the Four Seasons Hotel.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day four-course prix fixe dinners, including an endless Champagne bar, will be served from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., priced at $60 per person, at 14K (1001 14th St. NW). A three-piece band accompanies dinner, and a DJ will help celebrate the turn of the year from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Garrison (524 Eighth St. SE) will celebrate the holiday season with special dinners on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. On Dec. 24, the restaurant will offer a traditional Danish Christmas Eve dinner including aebleskiver (powdered doughnuts) and a pork roast with herb stuffing, gravy and braised red cabbage for $32. The restaurant will close at 10 p.m. Christmas Eve. Chef Rob Weland will prepare a four-course prix fixe menu with a Champagne toast for New Year’s Eve, priced at $95 at the 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. seatings.
The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian Christmas Eve tradition, offered by La Tomate (1701 Connecticut Ave. NW) for $50 per person. Dishes include pasta with smoked salmon, octopus, shrimp, sautéed calamari, branzino and a choice of dessert.
Chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s second annual Seven Fishes Feast at Masseria (1340 Fourth St. NE) begins at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 24. His set menu includes seafood pasta, fritto misto, poached cod and a limoncello sponge cake, priced at $95 with an additional $72 for wine pairings.
Game is on the winter menus at several Washington restaurants. Bourbon Steak is featuring venison filet. At Brasserie Beck (1101 K St. NW), chef de cuisine Dean Dupuis combines game birds and mushrooms in a dish of roasted duck breast. Marcel’s (2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) is showcasing exotic and domestic game, such as squab en croute, Colorado elk loin and pheasant ravioli. Masseria is presenting the annual tradition of its fivecourse chef’s “Truffles & Game” menu.
The Park Hyatt (1201 24th St. NW) will host the Winter 2016 Masters of Food & Wine on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 1 p.m. in the semiprivate Mezzanine Loft. Guests will explore rare teas accompanied by light bites. The event is priced at $85 per person.
RareSweets (963 Palmer Alley NW) is offering holiday cakes for preorder through Dec. 18 by 5 p.m., as well as “take and bake” items to prepare at home, the latter including pear and cardamom coffee cake, and Bourbon and chocolate brioche bread pudding. A variety of edible gifts for in-store purchase are also available. Call 202499-0077 or email info@raresweets. com to order.
Happy New Year!