Staying at Hotel Monaco for wedding - any nearby recs for LA hound?
Coming into DC next Thursday and staying through the weekend. Staying at the Hotel Monaco. As I've never stayed there (indeed, I've never been to DC at all), I was hoping you all could pass me some recommendations for places nearby that would be worth checking out in my brief stay.
Wouldn't mind some Chinese food (LA is barren unless I want to drive way out in to the San Gabriel Valley), but I'll eat anything recommended.
I've always enjoyed Zatinya (sp)- mezze nearby - haven't been for a couple of years (in NYC now) but maybe DC CH's can chime in.
The Hotel Monaco's restaurant, Poste, can be very good, and has a great bar. I hear good things about its brunch also. Zaytinya is good, as is Jaleo (tapas), one block away, and Cafe Atlantico (Caribbean)--all Jose Andres's restaurants. Atlantico has great mojitos and a reasonable pre-theater menu. For Indian, check out Rasika near 7th and D. The Monaco is close to DC's Chinatown, but its not the best Chinese food to be found (need to go to the burbs for that). Most prefer either Full Kee or Eat First, and the Chinatown Express (?) on 8th St. has pretty good dumplings. I like Burma, just a few doors down from there, for a different Asian experience.
I'd like to offer a dissenting note on Burma, which is lousy compared to other Burmese options in the area.
On a positive note, near the U St. metro, just a few stops from where you're staying, you can find some great meals at Etete, Pyramids, Oohs and Aahs. If you've got a chance to go out of the way, Colorado Kitchen is one of DC's gems.
We stayed at the Monaco a few months ago. The service at Poste was so horrible at breakfast that we never even tried them for dinner.
We had really good food at Andale (just south of there) and Bistro D'Oc (not far to the southwest). We also liked Ten Penh, which isn't too terribly far from the Monaco.
One warning: check the MCI/Verizon Center schedule. When there's a concert there, all the restaurants for blocks around will be packed.
We had dinner at Poste on Sunday evening early. We thought the food was very good, but not great. The service was fine. It's a nice space. And if it's warm enough you can eat outside.
Full Kee in Chinatown has duck stuffed with shrimp paste as a special, oyster and ginger caserole, leek flowers, and pan fried domplings.