New Year’s Eve: Watch Night & Many Dining, Party Venues

The weather is going to be downright balmy on New Year’s Eve Friday night (well, not quite, but surely sufficiently hospitable to human life) making it conducive for venturing out to a favorite restaurant, watering hole or the variety provided by the annual Watch Night festivities that begin at 7 at the intersection of Routes 7 and 29.

While more features are still being added to Watch Night (see story, elsewhere this edition), Falls Church and the surrounding area offers numerous other opportunities to eat, drink and be merry while celebrating New Year’s Eve this year.

For a special multi-course meal, choices include feasting on Modern American, Italian, Irish and French. That’s naming just a few of our area’s many casual and formal local culinary offerings.

Live musical entertainment abounds with bands like The Legwarmers, Next Door Ellen, The Dirty Pints and The Revivalists.

Dance the night away with the DJ at Dogfish Head or Roosevelt Smith with a French flare at La Côte d’Or Café.

If New Year’s means a champagne toast is a must, look no further than just around the corner to find a bit of bubbly.

Once a place is picked and the party is planned, please remember to check the venue as reservations may be required in advance.
Most importantly – Have a Happy New Year!


2941 Restaurant

2941 Fairview Park Dr., Falls Church

Lunch Seating: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Regular Lunch Menu

Dinner First Seating: 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. $95 Prix Fixe Menu (Three-Course)

Children’s Menu Available – $25

Dinner Second Seating: 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. $150 Tasting Menu (Seven-Course)

For more information, call 703-270-1500.



124 N. Washington St., Falls Church

Soup: Chestnut. Salad: Duck confit with frisee and port vinaigrette. Braised lamb shank served with creamy polenta. White truffle risotto with sea scallops & jumbo lump crab. Lobster ravioli served with a roasted lobster cream sauce.

The kitchen will be serving from 5 – 10:30 p.m. The bar will remain open until 1 a.m.

For more information, call 703-534-1033.


Bangkok Blues

926 W. Broad St., Falls Church

New Year Celebration featuring Next Door Ellen at 8 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Bangkok is also offering a special New Year’s dinner and drink menu.

$20 per person. Deposit required for all reservations.

For more information, call 703-534-0095.

Clare & Dons Beach Shack (130 North Washington St., Falls Church)

The Revivalists New Years Eve Extravaganza

Starts at 10 p.m. $10 cover charge. Last Call at 1:30 a.m.

For more information, call 703 532-9283.


Dogfish Head

(6220 Leesburg Pke., Falls Church)

Countdown to 2011

DJ YZ will be playing from 10 p.m. -1 a.m. Special champagne toast at midnight.

For more information, call 703-534-3342.


Dogwood Tavern

(132 W. Broad St., Falls Church)

New Years Eve Party

Party favors at the door. DJ and dancing starting at 10 p.m. Champagne toast at midnight. No cover fee.

Jan. 1 Brunch starting at 10:30 a.m. with all you can eat waffle and omelet bar and college football.

For more information, call 703-237-8333.


Irelands Four Provinces

(105 W. Broad St., Falls Church)

New Years Eve Special 3 Course Menu.

Entertainment by The Dirty Pints. Show starts at 8 p.m.

For more information, call 703-534-8999.


JV’s Restaurant

(6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church)

New Years Eve Celebration

The Apple Core Beatle Tribute Band will be performing.

$25 a person includes hot appetizers, party favors, champagne drink at midnight, great door prizes and more.

For more information, call 703-241-9504.


La Côte d’Or Café

(6876 Lee Highway, Arlington)

New-year’s Eve Extravaganza

Champagne Cocktail. Amuse Gueule. Terrine de Foie Gras or Oysters Rockefeller or Shrimp Cocktail. Rockfish Au Four Delice or Jardin Goat Cheese Salad. Beef Wellington or Magret of Duck Luke Poire Belle Helene.

Dancing directed by Roosevelt Smith.

Menu price is $75 plus wine, gratuity and tax. Reservations required.

For more information, please call 703 – 538-3033.


Open Kitchen

(7115 Leesburg Pke., #107, Falls Church)

New Year’s Eve 2010 – Chef’s Tasting Dinner

Amuse Bouche Reception begins at 7 p.m.

Four-Course Dinner begins at 7:45 p.m.

Amuse Bouche: Ratatouille on Brioche – Wild Mushroom Smear on Baguette, Lamb Tartar with Truffle on Gaufrette. First Course: Winter Seafood Tarlette or Crisp Duck Leg Confit Smoked Bacon Cassoulet with Gamebird Sauce or Local Root Vegetable and Winter Mushroom Strudel with Champagne Butter Sauce. Second Course: Butternut Squash Bisque or Hearty Winter Greens with Maine Lobster and Chanterelles and Truffle Oil and Sweet Red Pepper. Main Course: Duck Fat Seared Rockfish with Champagne Butter Sauce, Jumbo Lump Crab Salad, Grilled Leek Risotto and Braised Salsify or Roasted Veal Chop with Morel Mushroom Cognac Sauce, Well Cooked Green Beans and Porcini Potato Gratin or Grilled Portobello, Braised Greens Wellington with Tomato Emulsion and Basil Puree. Sweet Finish: Dark Chocolate Fantasia or Pomegranate Crème Brulée or White Chocolate Sundried Cherry Bread Pudding.

$95 per person. Reservations required.

For more information, visit


The State Theatre

(220 North Washington St., Falls Church)

80s Retro New Year’s Party featuring The Legwarmers

Doors open at 8 p.m. Showtime at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $42.

21 and up to enter. Valid ID required.

For more information, call 703-237-0300.