Ring in the New Year 2021 in DC with Take-Out Options
The holidays are rough this year – there’s no way around it. My husband and I are staying in DC with a small celebration for just the two of us. We’ve got fewer guests and a smaller menu but a whole lot of love. And there’s one thing we won’t have a shortage of this year – an appreciation for how hard our friends in hospitality have worked this year. So if you are looking for a way to support the restaurants still open this winter and bring a little bit of cheer to your New Year’s party in DC, check out some of the places below.
Lulu’s Winegarden near U Street is ringing in the new year with a three-pack of bubbly plus whipped feta for $75. You can also join them during the day on their cozy patio for hot drinks and fancy snacks. They have three seating areas with heat lamps and contactless ordering to maintain lots of distance between guests and staff.
With alcohol sales still ending at 10 pm in DC, Wunder Garten is ringing in New Year’s Eve with an “It’s Midnight Somewhere” celebration. Join them on December 31 in NOMA for a global menu of drink and food specials from 3 to 10 pm. They are currently closed from December 20-30 for the holidays.
McClellan’s Retreat in Dupont has been keeping my backyard happy hours going all pandemic long so I was excited to see their New Year’s Eve Kit. For $60, you get:
- 375ml Bottle of High West Double Rye Manhattans or Fords Gin Negroni.
- Bottle of Miller High Life Champagne of Beers.
- 375ml Bottle of Champagne Palmer
- Flutes, Noisemakers, & Hats
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Tony and Joe's
Ring in the new year early with Tony and Joe’s in Georgetown from 5 to 10 pm. Join them for in-person dining for their special New Year’s Eve “Chill & Grill” dinner. The dinner comes with a bottle of Tito’s Vodka or Chandon Brut for two to keep your party going until midnight at home. (Starts at $80 per person.) The first-course dinner includes Chesapeake oysters, jumbo shrimp cocktail and Ivy City smoked salmon, followed by herb-crusted lamb lollipops, steak satay drizzled with hazelnut pesto, and delicious mini crabcakes for the second-course. Plus, enjoy assorted petit fours and take leftovers of the drinks and food packaged to-go. Reservations are limited for COVID-19 guidelines so email firstname.lastname@example.org to grab your spot.
Dirty Habit offers a 5 course New Year’s Eve menu including desserts for take-out and outdoor dining. Guests are required to call to place orders, hear about champagne specials, and get pricing informing but expect this to be a higher-end treat. Find the full menu on Instagram.
Choose a variety of to-go packages from Tico’s on 14th Street. Get a plater of small bites for $75 (serves 2) including jumbo shrimp, mini crab cakes, Swedish meatballs, veggies with hummus, and more. Add on a cocktail kit for $30 (serves 2 but comes with a shaker, strainer, and garnishes). Or save the party for New Year’s Day with 2 Hangover Italian Hoagies ($20), a 4 pack of bagels with cream cheese ($16), and mimosa kit ($45).
Mount Vernon Inn
Order in with a special feast from Mount Vernon for $38/person. Choose a starter, entree, and dessert including entrees like duck breast, short rib, rockfish, and stuffed aubergine. Add wine or beer for an additional cost. All orders must be in by December 29 for pick-on December 30.
Tryst has your New Year’s Eve snack and drinks ready to go. For $30, enjoy 2 tamales plus a flight of 3 tequilas to enjoy from home. Orders must be placedd by 11:59 pm on Wednesday for pick up on New Year’s Eve.
If you are looking to celebrate on January 1 instead of the night before, look no farther than Ted’s Bulletin. Pre-order a $50 brunch package to feed up to 4 people. Choose between pancakes or French toast plus scrambled eggs, home fries, breakfast meats, and pop tarts. Packages are available all day, every day but are a great option for New Year’s Day!