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.
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).
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.
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.