- - Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas is coming and so are Santa and his elves of the kitchen.

The Roof Terrace Restaurant in The Kennedy Center (2700 F St. NW, 202-457-4600) is celebrating the season with brunches on the Dec. 13 and Dec. 20 weekends. Seatings begin at 10 a.m. and brunch is priced at $40 for adults and $20 for children age 4 to 11. Executive Chef Joe Gurner will serve house-baked pastries, French toast, oysters, salads, omelets and special dishes for the youngsters. Adults will get a glass of sparkling wine or a mimosa. Santa Claus will make a visit.

Brunch is the highlight of Christmas Day at Blue Duck Tavern (24th and M St. NW, 202-419-6755) with a three-course meal, priced at $100 for adults and $45 for children, served from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. A “to go” package can be ordered until 5 p.m. on Dec. 20. The meal includes a turkey, two fresh breads, four sides and two pies. It’s priced at $350 and there’s enough for eight diners.


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Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca (1100 New York Ave, NW, 202-216-9550) and Lupo Verde (1401 T St. NW, 202-827-4752) will serve the traditional Feast of Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. At Lupe Verde, the special meal will be available from 5 to 11 p.m., priced at $85 per person. At Bibiana, the feast will be served from 5 to 9:30 p.m., and is priced at $65. At both restaurants, dinner will consist of fish and pasta, in the Roman Catholic tradition of refraining from meat on holy days. The numbers represent the seven sacraments and seven days of creation.

At Bibiana, Michael King, the beverage director, has concocted 25 seasonally inspired drinks, counting down to Christmas Day. These include the Christmas Cookie — espresso, Prosecco grappa and lemon air. The drinks, at $12, will be available through Dec. 24, with Italian-inspired snacks at the bar or in the lounge. Prices range from $2 to $10.



On Saturday, Dec. 6, Lupo Verde offers a cone of warm roasted chestnuts and a glass of vino novello to guests on its gated 40-seat patio. This offering is priced at $10 and available from 12 noon on.

Three-course festive Christmas Eve prix-fixe dinners will be available at Ulah Bistro (1214 U St. NW, 202-234-0123) and at Station 4 (1101 4 St. SW, 202-2488-0987) for $40. At Ulah Bistro, the dinner will be served from 4 to 11 p.m. and includes prime rib and lobster pot pie, with a glass of champagne. At Station 4, dinner includes crab tartare, lobster ravioli and beef tenderloin, and will be served from 5 to 11 p.m.

Chez Billy Sud is new in Georgetown (1039 31st St. NW, 202-965-2606), the sister of Chez Billy on Georgia Avenue NW in Petworth. The new restaurant occupies the space of Cafe La Ruche, which closed recently after a 40-year run. The menu of dishes of southern France at Chez Billy Sud, which opened in October, is similar to the original but more expansive, including oeufs en meurette (duck eggs cooked in red wine) and scallops braised with leeks. Chef Brendan l’Etoile oversees the kitchen in both restaurants.

Here’s a new and hopeful old-fashioned idea. At his recently opened Second State (1831 M St. NW, 202-466-3010), Reese Gardner encourages diners to forego the sloppy look to wear their Sunday best at dinner. Women in dresses and men in jackets and ties get a choice of a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne (the real thing), or a glass of Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey to whet appetites. (Guests can order the whole bottle of Veuve Clicquot for $45, or choose a container of Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey, which also comes with mixers, ice, lemons and limes for $80.)

Brunch is now served on Sundays at Second State from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Items include scotched egg (boiled egg wrapped in breakfast sausage, breaded and fried, served on a bed of frisee), duck hash (duck leg confit with potatoes, onions, bell pepper and two poached eggs); and blueberry ricotta pancakes.

Slate (2404 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-334-4304) offers a holiday express lunch for $20. The three-course menu includes a glass of wine and such dishes as duck breast egg rolls, mushroom bacon bruschetta, grilled cheese, and tres leches cake. Owner/sommelier Danny Lledo has selected flights of wine flights served in glasses and bottles through December 30th.

DC Harvest (517 H St. NE, 202-629-3296) has extended Happy Hour into Happy Night, from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Regular Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. daily continues as before. Along with cocktails (including Chef Arthur’s Bloody Mary oyster shooter) comes snacks of lamb sausage sliders, house-smoked nuts, cheeses and salads.

On New Year’s Eve — and for that night only — Citronelle returns to Washington. Chef Michel Richard and his chef/partner David Deshaies will serve a tasting menu at Citronelle at Le Central (1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-626-0015). There will be two seatings, the first $55 three-course menu will be available from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and will include hamachi tartare, roasted veal loin and an ice cream “snowball.” The five-course second seating, from 7 to 11 p.m., includes the three courses from the earlier menu plus lobster and foie gras. The second seating is priced at $105.

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