Of all the buzzing restaurants on 14th Street, none have made a splash quite like the dynamic restaurant-bar pair Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and Black Jack, open since September. Downstairs, you'll find a Southern-leaning seafood menu in a stylishly ocean-weathered theme; upstairs, hand-crafted cocktails in a scene that feels like a Boardwalk Empire set, but with bocce courts. Experience the best of both levels at a New Year's Eve celebration, accessible only through this Gourmet offer: Pay $150 for a ticket to the duo's December 31 party where you'll knock back unlimited craft beers, frozen cocktails, and punch from an open bar; slurp down raw oysters; feast on passed hors d'oeuvres; and dance to the tracks of two DJs.
The kitchen at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, called "one of the year's best new restaurants" by The Washington Post, will turn out bivalves in all forms: bacon-wrapped and grilled with chile butter and gremolata, fried and stuffed into po' boy sandwiches, and tucked into gumbo and étouffée. You'll also be treated to pristine raw oysters, including Malpeques, Blue Points, Kumamotos, and varieties from Virginia's Rappahannock River. Meaty options abound, like nachos piled with duck confit or pork belly, a swine-lover's pizza, and muffaletta sandwiches. When it comes to cocktails—DC Modern Luxury says Black Jack's "drinks are reason enough for a big night out"—you'll find two frozen concoctions: the Blood Hound, juniper-infused vodka with sweet vermouth, strawberry, and lemon; and the Cobbler, made of rye whiskey, apricot, peach, lemon, mint, and honey, as well as a potent New Year's Eve punch. It's all set to a soundtrack of two DJs, who will spin until last call at 2:30 a.m.
With a lineup this good, we're betting you'll ring in 2012 as happy as a clam.
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