DC - New Year's Eve
Visiting the area for New Year's Eve and looking for a restaurant that might be serving an a la carte menu and not a prefix. If prefix, nothing over $125.00 per person. Looking for something trendy, fun, mid 30's - 40's crowd. Looking for Steaks, Seafood, Contemporary, Italian, etc...
i don't know about the menus but the type of place you are describing sounds like Proof or Central. You can look on opentable and see what they are serving...
I just saw the pre-fixe New Years Eve menu ($95/person with an additional $60 wine pairing option) at Mintwood Place and it looks great. It is 8 courses and includes such treats as Medallion of butter-poached lobster thermidor, lightly smoked Jerusalem artichoke and bay scallop chowder with caviar, and baked Alaska for dessert.
The vibe is a fun, laid-back neighborhood bistro. The crowd is pretty diverse, definitely trendy and fun.
Other places to consider would be Central, Jaleo, or Bibiana.