Bibiana features a libation countdown to Christmas. The New York Avenue restaurant offers a new cocktail each day beginning Wednesday, including the Cleopatra, the Gabriella and the Serena. Bibiana will also serve the feast of seven fishes on Christmas Eve.
December is nearly upon us, and D.C. restaurants aren’t wasting any time getting into the holiday spirit. From carolers to festive cocktails to special dinner menus, area restaurants have Christmas covered.
• Bibiana (1100 New York Ave. NW) will be ringing in the holiday season with cocktails galore. A new drink will be served each day, beginning Wednesday, as a creative way of counting down till Christmas; think of it as an alcoholic advent calendar.
Beverage Director Francesco Amodeo and bartender Milton Hernandez are responsible for the bevy of beverages. The festivities will kick off with the Cleopatra, a boozy mix of almond milk and date-infused rum. Later in the month, the sugary Gabriella — a concoction made from chocolate bitters, rye, ginger and cardamom syrup — will be served, as will the Serena, a mouth-watering combination of homemade Nutella liquor and homemade mint liquor topped with whipped cream. The cocktails will change daily and cost $12.
In addition to the cocktail countdown, Bibiana will also be serving the traditional Feast of Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. In keeping with the Roman Catholic tradition of not eating meat on holy days, Executive Chef Nick Stefanelli will prepare a special menu including fish and pasta.
Priced at $75 per person, the menu will include black spaghetti with Catalina Island sea urchin and aglio olio peperoncino, as well as salt cod with potatoes, onions, garlic and chilies on grilled bread. The menu will be served from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 24.
• The Feast of Seven Fishes will also be an option at Potenza (1430 H St. NW). Executive Chef Bryan Moscatello will prepare seven of his favorite seafood dishes, many of which are family recipes from his childhood in New Jersey.
The menu will be served Dec. 23-25 and costs $199 for four people and $99 for each additional couple. The meal will include dishes such as stuffed lobster with crab arreganata, balsamic glazed tuna and seared scallops.
• Morton’s the Steakhouse (1050 Connecticut Ave. NW and 3251 Prospect St. NW) will be celebrating the holiday with a selection of themed cocktails. Mixologist and sommelier Sara Fasolino has perfected two new recipes for the holiday season.
The Sparkling Sleigh Ride is made with maraschino cherry liqueur, vanilla citrus liqueur, cranberry juice and Prosecco topped with a mint leaf. The restaurant will also be serving the Morton’s Coffee, a blend of dark crème de cacao, Bailey’s, amaretto and coffee topped with whipped cream and served in a cinnamon-rimmed glass.