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Dec 19, 2007 10:29 AM

Place for cheap New Years Day Dinner in DC

I'm organizing my annual hang-over dinner (about 5:30 p.m.) on New Years Day. We usually do it at a Maggianos or Buca Di Beppo, but want to try something new. Does anyone have any suggestions for metro-accessible, not expensive, not crowded place for a big group?

I don't think any of us will be able to stomach asian or indian, so italian or american food is preferable.


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  1. I know Bistrot du Coin is open - depending on the size of your group, you might want to make a reservation. There's roasted chicken, and steak, and onion soup to help you over those hang overs! If Jaleo is open, it would be fun. That potato tortilla (like an omelette) is delicious - and I think it would help cure a hang over. You could always go to Stoney's for super grilled cheese.

    1. I wonder if one of the new soul food places around U street serve the southern traditional New Year's Day dish of hog jowls and black eyed peas (dressed up for urban consumption, of course).

      1. I had my New Years Day dinner at Biddy Mulligans in Dupont Circle. We were able to watch part of the game, had some food Irish pub food, and threw back a beer (the best cure for a hangover is greasy food and more booze, so says one of my Irish friends).

        For something a little more "sit down" you can try Dupont Grille right next to Biddy Mulligans, I know they are open.

        Bistro du Coin is also a good idea. Steak frites seems like a great, comforting food after a long night of partying. Or their roast chicken fits the bill.

        If your looking for something casual and cheap, but will have food to fit everyone's appetite how about The Diner in Adams Morgan? Depending how big the group is, if you call ahead of time, they can probably put some tables together for you. I'm almost positive they'll be open.

        1. This article from Zagats might help you out as well (


          Banish morning-after cobwebs with a hearty brunch at the classy Blue Duck Tavern where the à la carte menu will include its signature roasted lemon chicken and steak fries (11 AM–2:30 PM; 202-419-6755).

          The New Mexico location of Chef Geoff’s will serve its annual “Hair of the Dog” brunch with complimentary libations like the Bloody Belvedere to go along with the spicy à la carte choices (noon–3PM; 202-237-7800).

          Sake oyster shooters spiked with jalapeno should help recovering revelers work up an appetite for crab-cakes benedict, lobster bisque and other à la carte brunch choices that will be served from 11:30 AM–2:30 PM at the new Old Town branch of Hank’s Oyster Bar.

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          1. re: Elyssa

            ooo bloody mary buffet...

            now THAT is something I could partake in.