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Perusing Holiday Menus, Part II: Poste Extends Its Roasting Season

Here are some more holiday menu options. For more from our on-going series featuring holiday menus, click here.

  • Since Christmas Eve is exactly a week away, it's too late to make the proper reservations for a Poste roast for Christmas Eve at Poste Moderne Brasserie in the Hotel Monaco. But it's not too late to think about booking one for the week after Christmas (through Dec. 29) for you and at least seven other people. (But no more than 12 people.) Carved tableside and served family-style, there are two holiday roasts to choose from. First, porchetta served with roasted heirloom apples, kale, choucroute ($55 per person); and second, rib roast served with Yorkshire pudding, mushroom duxelle, horseradish, and roasted organic root vegetables ($85 per person). There's armagnac-date bread pudding with Guinness toffee sauce for dessert, with eggnog, glogg or hot chocolate as a holiday beverage.

    For reservations and additional information, contact Stacy Isabella at (202) 449-7062. If you miss out on a Poste roast for the holidays, Poste is continuing the the indoor roasts through the winter until it is warm enough to bring the roast events outdoors again. (I celebrated my birthday last year with a lamb roast in Poste's courtyard. And it was wonderful.)

  • Blue Duck Tavern will be serving an a la carte menu on Christmas Eve and on Christmas night, the restaurant at the Park Hyatt hotel will serve a three-course buffet-style brunch on Christmas Day from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some of what you'll find: roasted loin of venison with spiced date glaze, braised striped bass with fennel, carrots and yellow onion; Muscovy duck breast with duck leg ragout and huckleberries; whole-gratin mustard spaetzle "Mac-n-Cheese" duck confit, brussel sprouts with bacon and vinegar-glazed red onion; and devils food cake with white chocolate ganache and sweet potato pie with brown sugar pecans.

    The brunch is $90 per adult and $45 for children. Call for reservations at (202) 419-6755.

  • Smith Commons on H Street NE doesn't even officially open its doors until next week, but there's already a three-course New Years Eve dinner planned. Some of the options include little neck clams, eggplant lasagna, grilled prawns, confit of duck leg, sea bass, veal porterhouse, Belgian chocolate lava cake and sherbet.

    The $50-per-person price includes one glass of wine, beer, or specialty cocktail. Smith Commons' regular menu won't be available on New Years Eve and the prix fixe menu will be served starting at 6 p.m. Call (202) 396-0038 for a reservation.

  • Photo of Poste's eggnog courtesy Kimpton Hotels.

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