A LONG WAY FROM THE BREAK-IN
Who remembers that the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee were once located on the sixth floor of the Watergate Hotel and office complex? Decades ago it was the epicenter of a political earthquake, as the site of the clandestine events that ultimately led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation two years later.
This year? That same hotel is about to host its first New Year’s Eve celebration. Fresh from a $125 million renovation, the Watergate Hotel reopened earlier this year and has embraced and even capitalized on its mysterious past.
“The newly opened Watergate Hotel will be celebrating its first New Years in scandalous style with a range of experiences for residents and visitors alike, including an intimate and lavish dinner, and one of the hottest New Year’s Eve parties around,” a spokeswoman advises.
The hotel will be cracking open a 15-liter bottle of ritzy Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvee for guests, served with such appetizers as lobster rolls and pate de foie gras “S’mores.” The hotel’s “decadent culinary experience” also includes a five-course plated dinner featuring tuna crudo with chamomile plus black ravioli — that pasta, tinted ebony with squid ink — shortribs and “cap of rib-eye,” some fancy beef from Snake River Farms in Boise, Idaho.
Gee, will the guests get some New Year’s Eve hats to wear and some noisemakers? Uh, that’s unknown, but the night’s festivities include a DJ, and prices start at around $120 per person.