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.