Small sweet 16 party
My daughter plans to have a low key sweet 16 with maybe ten friends. I am looking for a cool, perhaps artsy, restaurant for a group of 16 year olds in Montgomery County or DC. Italian, French, American, Chinese would be good. No pizza please. A place where dressing up would be a good thing, but not necessarily required, would be perfect. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated . Thannks.
Not a chowhound location, but thought I'd chime in because we just treated my niece and 6 of friends to dinner at the Melting Pot for her 16th bday. It's entertainment and dinner all in one. They had a private room and a terrific waiter that made for a special and memorable evening.
If they are artsy they may appreciate the cool vibe at Busboys and Poets on U Street. I've found that food is quite good and the ambiance is great. I think I especially would have gotten a kick out of it at the age of 16. You should give them a call and see if you can reserve one of the larger tables or perhaps a few tables in the back room.
You might also be able to get the upstairs table at Bistro du Coin in Dupont Circle. That's a fun environment with teenager friendly food like steak frites and french onion soup. Might not be artsy but it definitly has a funky international feel to it.
Here are a couple of places in downtown Silver Spring that have cool atmosphere
Gallery Restaurant Lounge
1115 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910
This restaurant and lounge has an upscale, casual atmosphere. The creative decor includes original artwork on the walls and fantastic accent lighting -- the bar actually glows! Besides traditional seating, The Gallery also has low couches and tables outside overlooking the Arts Alley.
8081 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Telephone: (301) 565-9700
Modern American cuisine created by noted Washington chef Ann Cashion. Upscale comfort food emphasizing organic produce and free range meats from local purveyors and farms. Two and a half stars from The Washington Post (October 15, 2006). Listed in the 2006 Washingtonian's 100 Best Cheap Eats and 2007 Very Best Restaurants (2 stars).