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5 BEST DC ENTREES THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE PLUS TOP 3…!

5 Best DC Entrees this New Year’s Eve plus Top 3 Apps, Small Plates and Desserts! Looking forward to toasting yet another New Year’s Eve with discerning gourmands and lusty epicures!

New Heights 2015 New Year’s Eve Menu

First course
ROASTED BEETS SALAD
Marcona almond, aged balsamic vinegar, dill 10

TEMPURA FRIED SHITAKE MUSHROOM
Miso aioli, togarashi, pickled Tokyo turnip, togarashi 10

BIG EYE TUNA TARTAR
Soy, sesame, jasmine rice crackers, wasabi tobiko 13

Second course*
TORCHON OF HUDSON VALLEY FOIE GRAS
Brioche, sultanas raisin, Sauterne poached apple 16

GRILLED PRAWNS
Roasted tomatoes, esplette, garlic, parsley 14

CRISPY CURRY PANISSE
Cauliflower, dates, serrano, cilantro 10

Entrée
BUTTER POACHED LOBSTER
Black rice, baby carrots, kumquats, ginger 38

BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIB
Polenta, chipotle, kale, charred cipollini, maitake 26

CHERRY GLEN GOAT CHEESE TORTELLINI
Castelmagno, black truffle, fried shallots 24

DUO OF MEADOW LAMB
Beluga lentil, quinoa, broccoli rabe, mustard, persillade 40

PAN SEARD BLACK COD
Smoked pomme puree, Brussels sprouts, bottarga 26

Dessert

GINGERBREAD CAKE
Candied orange, vanilla ice cream 11

TCHO CHOCOLATE CAKE
Chocolate sauce, hazelnut crumb 11

MEYER LEMON PANNA COTTA
Whipped condensed milk, pistachio, cardamom 11

3 courses | $60 | Wine paring $44
4 courses* | $70 | Wine paring $58


For additional information, please contact Amarjeet (“Umbi”) Singh and Kavita Singh Brar at 202.234.4110.



YOU'RE A DINERS' CHOICE WINNER, NEW HEIGHTS!

Congratulations - our seasoned diners have selected your restaurant for the OpenTable Diners' Choice Awards this month. From cocktails to dessert, they were impressed!

Our Diners' Choice Award lists are designed to celebrate top-rated restaurants, giving them greater visibility on OpenTable.com. OpenTable diners love these lists and frequently use them to discover new places to book a table. Each month, we feature Diners' Choice winners on our website and in seasonal emails that target all of our diners.

And, they’re not random or subjective - OpenTable Diners' Choice winners are selected according to real feedback from diners who booked through us and dined with you (we know they actually seated and paid, too.) After their meal, we ask them to take a moment to review your restaurant ... We're grateful for all the work you do to make your restaurant terrific.

Keep it up!

Cheers,

Your OpenTable Team

 


GIN JOINT HOUSE-MADE SMALL BATCH TONIC…AND THEN SOME

Right, the Gin Joint makes its own house-made, small batch tonics … and serves tonic lovers those specialty, off-the-shelf bottled tonics tonic lovers love.


GIN JOINT HOUSE-MADE TONIC BY NUMBER:
1. Myer lemon-thyme
2. Rosemary allspice
3. Blood orange-saffron
4. Ginger-cumin
5. Thai-basil-lemongrass
6. Grapefruit-hyssop
7. New Heights own

SPECIALTY BOTTLED TONIC
Fever tree Indian
Fentiman’s
Seagram’s
Fever tree bitter lemon

 


WAPO's M. CARRIE ALLAN GUSHES ON NH KOMBUCHA RECIPE

Wapo's Spirits columnist, M. Carrie Allan, extols kombucha in her March column, including sensational cocktails made with the peculiar concoction (sweetened tea fermented by a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). Sipping at the Gin Joint, she swears by the "pink, bubbly variation on the French 75 — made with a hibiscus tea kombucha, prosecco and floral, citrusy Damrak gin —(that) should make a convert of most hesitators." Read more about "hooch with your booch."

 


  WORDS TO DINE BY

"A lot of restaurant-goers chase the new at the expense of the old, sometimes for no other reason than bragging rights on Yelp. I was reminded of the folly of that strategy after dropping by New Heights (2317 Calvert St. NW; 202-234-4110) in Woodley Park recently."

Tom Sietsema
Food Critic
The Washington Post
Dedicate yourself to being a better diner in 2014
December, 2013

 


THE GIN JOINT AT NH IS ONE OF DC'S 75 GREAT BARS

Back in March 2013, the Washingtonian placed New Heights' bar (a.k.a. the Gin Joint) on its list of 75 Great Bars in DC. Proud we stand. Proud to serve.

 


A GIN STORY THAT'S SO GOOD IT CAN ONLY BE TRUE!

This Gin yarn comes to us from a customer, Johnny Foster, who was dining one night at NH's Babinga Bar cum Gin Joint.  Johnny was chasing the small plates down with a sampler of gins. Wouldn't you know that it turns out Johnny is himself a West Virginia Gin Distiller, the maker of Smooth Ambler Greenbriar Gin.  Johnny asks us, "You know what GIN stands for, don't ya?" "Tell us," we egg him on.  "Well, my grandmother, Louise Lear, who is now 101 years old, says when she and her girlfriends were young and out on the town, they liked to turn the phrase you are what you eat  into you are what you drink. And that's why they would only drink gin, G-I-N. 'cause that's what they were, Girls-In-Need."

True story.  

Many thanks to Johnny Foster for giving the BUZZ permission to print this anecdote!  It's only fair that the Gin Joint plug Smooth Ambler Greenbriar Gin!

 


OVERHEARD

Did you read the quote on the Bar page about the Babinga Bar? It's true. She actually said that. Honest to Pete!