José Andrés Offers New Year's Eve Dining Options

Ring in the new year at Jaleo, Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, and Zaytinya
Staff Writer
Avoid party drama and just eat out for New Year's Eve.

Oh yes, it's time to start thinking about what to do on New Year's Eve, because even though the night is supposed to always be legen —  wait for it — dary, it usually ends with trying to hail a cab back home or crashing at a friend's house and drinking too much bad champagne.

Luckily, José Andrés is getting the news out early. ThinkFoodGroup has that announced three restaurant concepts will be throwing New Year's Eve parties: Jaleo, Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, and Zaytinya in the Washington, D.C. area.

Jaleo will be open for à la carte service from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a second seating from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. with a tasting menu for $85 to $90 a person, depending on location. Think octopus salad, sea urchin with trout roe, pork canelones with béchamel sauce, all followed by a glass of cava at midnight and 12 grapes for good luck. Festivities continue until a mere 2 a.m.

Oyamel Cocina Mexicana in the meantime is offering a five-course prix fixe meal at $78 per person, with house-made masa cakes and duck confit, signature tacos, and New Year's Eve cocktails. Champagne will be served at midnight; the house closes at 2 a.m.

Zaytinya will be the craziest of joints, with $65- or $85-per person prix fixe options, with sparkling wine for a midnight toast, and a DJ and "party favors."

No word on what other New Year's Eve festivities Andrés has up his sleeve for The Bazaar.

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