The Most Expensive New Years Eve Reservation in D.C.? Minibar.
Thought Minibar couldn't get any pricier? Wrong. Reservations for New Years Eve will cost $275 per person for the 6 p.m. seating and $350 for the 9 p.m. seating—excluding tax and tip. (Normally, Minibar charges $225 per person. Alcoholic drink pairings—$75 to $200—are extra.) Guests can snag the six seats at José's Table, the even more exclusive private dining room at Minibar, for $3,000.
So what will New Years Eve diners feast on? Think Food Group Research and development Director Ruben Garcia and Executive Sous chef Johnny Spero have concocted dishes like beech mushroom papillot with truffle; a puffed rice and Parmesan canale filled with a lemon cream and topped with Parmesan fat; and Vietnamese crispy pig ear filled with braised curried pork shoulder and topped with a salad of green papaya, mango, cucumber, carrots, mint, Thai basil, and cilantro. Diners will also get to taste Château d’Yquem’s uber rare “Liquid Gold.”
Guests at the 9 p.m. seating and José's Table will also have access to Barmini's end of year celebration with Golden Era cocktails, avant garde concoctions, and a DJ. Barmini will also have its own festivities throughout the evening: Cocktail Innovator Juan Coronado and his team will mix classic and modern cocktails accompanied by snacks that narrate "how the laws of Prohibition ultimately ushered in a new era of cocktails and the resurgence of the American bartender." The event—$275 per person (including tax and tip)—will go from 9:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. Barmini will also take regular reservations from 6 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 31.
Photo of Minibar by Ken Wyner