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New Year's in DC: 6 Amazing Ways to Ring in 2014

By Rina Rapuano  |  December 19, 2013
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If you're still not sure what to do on New Year's Eve this year, we've got good news for you. Nearly all of our favorite places are offering something amazing and unusual - or just downright tasty, and we're sure there's an event that fits you to a T, whether you prefer something low-key or an all-out rager. Here's a sampling of New Year's Eve possibilities that run the gamut from budget to blowout:

If you want your last meal of 2013 to go down like your last meal ever:

BLT Steak serves a three-course meal for $75 (in addition to its regular menu) that pulls out all the stops, including such dishes as uni with black truffle and cauliflower and red wine-braised veal cheek with cassoulet and gremolata. A champagne cart will feature seven bubblies ranging in price from $15-$30 per glass. Reserve here (202-689-8999).

Cashion’s Eat Place serves an equally decadent six-course tasting menu of oysters, foie gras,  lobster, short ribs, cheeses and dessert for $90 per person, excluding tax and tip, with optional wine pairings that range from $40-$50. Reserve here (202-797-1819).

If you want to keep it casual (and cheap):

Satellite Room puts an unvarnished punk-rock spin on the usual glitzy New Year’s Eve party. There will be signature cocktails, a DJ and a champagne toast at midnight - with no cover. The regular dinner menu - including the infamous boozy milkshakes - will also be available until 2 AM (202-506-2496).

Bar Pilar offers a rockabilly version of the New Year's masquerade - you know, for those whose tuxedos and ball gowns will be “at the cleaners.” The bar will serve dinner until 9 PM, then the no-cover party starts at 10 PM. Bar Pilar spins the rockabilly; you bring the pompadours and pigtails (202-265-1751).

If you need to be within stumbling distance of a bed …

Range not only serves a supper-club feast with live music by the Blue Vipers of Brooklyn - there is also a $99 deal for guests at the adjacent Embassy Suites Chevy Chase for those who refer to the “Range New Year’s Eve group code.” Dinner costs $175-$200 and can be reserved here (restaurant, 202-803-8020; hotel, 202-362-9300).

Blue Duck Tavern offers two seatings for New Year’s Eve dinner, which ranges in price from $75 to $175 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. A five-course chef’s table dinner with champagne is also available for $350 per person. And if 2013 was particularly good to you, a gorgeous room upstairs at the Park Hyatt starts at $649, which includes tickets the party downstairs, breakfast the next morning - and a thoughtful late checkout (restaurant, 202-419-6755; hotel, 800-778-7477).