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bitstreamer Apr 11, 2007 10:04 AM

I'm going to be planning an engagement party for 14 - 20 people in mid-May, and I was wondering if anyone could recommend a place in the metro DC area with a private room, and of course good food. I have a definite preference for Chinese, Korean, or Japanese.

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    Jeserf Apr 11, 2007 10:27 AM

    Mei Wah in friendship heights (not sure about the Dupont location) has a party room, and hosts them regularly.
    And, i've never had a bad meal there.

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      bitstreamer Apr 11, 2007 01:51 PM

      Thanks for the recommendation. I called them and because their room hosts 50-60 people they couldn't guarantee the whole room for only 20 people on a weekend. Is their cuisine Americanized Chinese food or fairly authentic?

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        jpschust Apr 11, 2007 01:57 PM

        It's very americanized.

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      Chownut Apr 11, 2007 10:30 AM

      You may have to be a bit more specific with that one, based on your desired format. Chinese & Korean is best with people who don't mind sharing food family style, while Japanese is better ala carte.

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        Jeserf Apr 11, 2007 10:37 AM

        Mei Wah offers both a japanese and chinese menu, and i'm a veg so I don't dine on sushi...but last time I dinned-in, there was a LOT of sushi going around.

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          Chownut Apr 11, 2007 12:42 PM

          That's cool, but I usually avoid sushi served at chinese restaurants.

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            jpschust Apr 11, 2007 01:05 PM

            Which is generally a good call, but Mei Wah tends to be among the Chinese restaurants with the freshest seafood so I might actually trust theirs.

            I would think you could reserve the private room at Sushi Taro.

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              Jeserf Apr 11, 2007 01:08 PM

              yep, mei wah has good turnover, and is a always good, plus you'd be able to offer your guests a choice.

              However, if you're a sushi fanatic (which I clearly am not), then you should pick a sushi place.

              Mei wah is convenient, and they're staff is excellent. Now I want take out. Thanks.

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                jpschust Apr 11, 2007 01:34 PM

                Since you're a vegetarian- their veggie version of General Tso's chicken *tofu not chicken in this case* is killer. Get them to make it extra spicey.

                I wish their dumplings were a bit thinner though.

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                  Jeserf Apr 11, 2007 06:43 PM

                  meh, they know me - kung pao tofu with broccoli and brown rice.
                  it's pretty pathetic.

                  the string beans are also great.

                  but i'll try the general tso's. They'll totally say "you sure??"

      2. Dennis S Apr 11, 2007 03:39 PM

        I'm going to expose myself here, but I still haven't been to the remodeled Hee Been. From what I've heard, though, it might be able to accomodate.

        Good Fortune in Rockville does have rooms that would work.

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          bitstreamer Apr 12, 2007 09:48 AM

          Hmm... I just called Good Fortune, and they said that they didn't have any private rooms. Perhaps they got rid of them?

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            Chownut Apr 12, 2007 10:08 AM

            Good Fortune in Wheaton does not have a private room per se (I wasn't the one who recommended this place), but they do have a totally seperate side dining area that could accomodate a private party, but I think you need more than 20 people to reserve the entire area.

            Depends on which night you go though. If it's not a busy night, you could request that area and they may have such a slow night that the side dining room won't be bothered.

            Most sushi joints are small, but if you want Japanese, I'd recommend Tachibana in McLean. They have a back dining area that can be cordoned off with their portable screens to create a private dining area. The reason I know this is because we had our baby shower there a few years ago and they were very accomodating with the menu. Everyone had a great time, and we had about the same # of people that you plan to.

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              Dennis S Apr 12, 2007 10:49 AM

              Ah, it always appeared to me like it was for private parties. I've never seen anyone even in that room when I've gone. Thanks for the clarification. Bitstreamer, IF you were interested in GF, I'd still give them a call back and ask to reserve it and if you have enough people. Sorry for any misinformation.

        2. rcheng Apr 12, 2007 09:04 PM

          You could try the China Garden in Roslyn. The have private rooms and authentic Chinese food. I had my rehearsal dinner there.

          1. anhdeluxe Apr 12, 2007 10:46 PM

            They have a pretty elegant space at Woo Lae Oak in Pentagon City or Tysons Corner. Also, if the chef is in a good mood, or the owner likes you, you might be able to pull off a very very good authentic Chinese dinner at City Lights in DuPont Circle. It's inconsistent.
            There is also private dining availble at Zengo in Gallery Place Chinatown, right next to the beautiful Chinablock Gate, if you want Asian-Latin fusion -- it's tastier than it sounds and has a pretty festive yet swanky vibe.

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