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HELP!! Visiting Hound Needs Recs in Washington NW Near My Hotel .

missclaudy Sep 14, 2006 02:58 PM

I will be staying at the Washington Court Hotel 525 New Jersey Ave. NW in Washington for a few days. Love not too pricey food of all kinds including all types of ethnic. Thanks!!!!.

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    dinwiddie Sep 15, 2006 02:32 PM

    I happen to like Bistro Bis, but to each his/her own.

    True the area is not the best for Chowhounding, but there are some good choices to try. As others have said, Chinatown is close by. Take the METRO if you wish though walking is easy. In the Chinatown/MCI Center area are lots of restaurants that would fit your bill. Cabs are also easy to get and DC isn't that big.

    Recommendations:

    Sonoma (223 Pennsylvania Ave., SE) with a tasting-friendly wine list (and about 50 wines by the glass) and small plates (skip the pizzas) makes for a very good meal.

    Burma Restaurant (740 Sixth St., NW, Chinatown) for, duh, Burmese food.

    Jaleo (480 7th St. NW) Tapas

    Matchbox (713 H St. NW) NY style pizza, fun food

    Montmarte (327 7th St. SE) Food French food reasonably priced

    Zaytinya (781 7th St. NW) Middleeastern small plates.

    Note, if you have not been to DC before, you need to pay attention to the quadrents (NW, NE, SW, SE) as there is a 7th street in each.

    But to be honest, this is a great town for dining and the METRO will get you to many good restaurants and cabs while confusing (zone system, not meters) are easy to get.

    Have fun.

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      Adam23 Sep 15, 2006 02:09 PM

      Agree with the Recs above. The walk to Chinatown is not far from your hotel. By the time you wait for the train at Union Station, you could be in Chinatown already. I do recommend you walk to Chinatown by crossing the street and walking through the Georgetown Law Campus and then down H St.

      In the neighborhood, a few other options are Rasika for Indian, Zaytinya for Mediterranean Tapas, and Clydes.

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        brianV Sep 14, 2006 10:18 PM

        It's Chinatown Express. The dumplings are great, best in DC. The rest of the food is mediocre in my opinion. But well worth it for the dumplings (both steamed and fried). Be sure the have the green sauce

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          FoodieGrrl Sep 15, 2006 04:36 PM

          Ah. The green sauce. Yum. It's actually my favorite part about Chinatown Express. I actually don't much care for the steamed dumplings, but others I know love them. The skins are just to thick and chewy for me.

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          FoodieGrrl Sep 14, 2006 07:37 PM

          Unfortunately, that's not a happenin' foodie part of town. You are close to Union Station, which has an extensive food court and several restaurants, including B. Smith's, which has been the subject of a few debates on this board. I recommend taking the Metro from Union Station or hopping a cab for the quick ride to Chinatown. There's pizza/mini-burgers at Matchbox (fun atmosphere, decent wood-fired pizza, delish mini-burgers) or tapas at Jaleo (not the best tapas I've ever had, but definitly the best tapas in DC). There's also Chinatown Express and Full Kee for decent enough Chinese (don't get me started about the state of Chinese food in the District though). For micro-brews, I'd go for a flight of the beers at District Chophouse.

          There are plenty of other places too, but I'm just trying to think of something relatively close by.

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            lisaomay Sep 14, 2006 10:05 PM

            I can tell you where NOT to go: Bistro Bis at the George Hotel near union station was horrible! Believe it or not, we ate there twice last year (staying at Hotel George) both times food and service indescribably bad. We read good reviews on Fodors so thought we'd give it a second chance. Bad move. FYI, the location of the Hotel George was not good. Walking at night 2 blocks from Union Station to the hotel was scary even though my husband is 6'2 250 lbs. I'm not sure the name of the restaurant in Chinatown where we ate but it's about 2 blocks from the subway stop and has a guy making noodles in the window. There were lots of newspaper and magazine accolades pasted in the window. The food was cheap, really fresh and really really good.

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              DanielK Sep 15, 2006 03:31 AM

              To each their own - I love Bistro Bis! I've had nothing but fabulous meals and wonderful service there, and I think that neighborhood is perfectly safe.

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                Smokey Sep 15, 2006 02:19 PM

                I think that neighborhood is safe, but I would look sharp. It's totally an 'office' neighborhood, there is almost no residential/night time traffic there, and there are a fair number of shelters/homeless people in the neighborhood. I've gone to a couple of conferences in either the hotel the OP is staying at or a nearby hotel, and I've been struck by how desolate the neighborhood is at night and on weekends.

                As for food, I would stay away from B. Smith's, I think it's totally average (beautiful location, however). There really isn't much food worth eating in Union station IMHO (at least, none of the food I've had did I find worth returning to). If you have a long lunch break, the Teaism in Penn Quarter is walkable and is a fave of mine (but I don't live near one of them, so it's a treat that I would seek out). I've never been to Bistro Bis, but I've generally heard good things about it.

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