Need group dinner upscale NoVa suggestions near Metro
We're a book club of 40-something NoVa women who usually do home meetings/dinners but do restaurants twice a year. A couple of people need Metro access but we can arrange rides if needed. Our favorite has been Willow (Ballston/Arlington) but we don't want to get in a rut. We want great food and great service (and we need easy parking). We liked Haandi in Falls Church but it's hard to please a group when you go ethnic.
I'm considering Portabello's in Cherrydale/Arlington. Any suggestions for our next group dinner for 8? Thanks.
8 of you, hrmm and clearly you're willing to do high end food.
That makes me think Tallula which I've been loving lately and is also just a short walk from the metro (walk about 1/4 mile from the clarendon metro).
Restaurant Eve could be a great option for you as it's a walk from the King Street metro.
If it's hard to please a group when you go ethnic, maybe your'e not ordering right!
Hong Kong Palace is superb for group eating. Many of their offerings are spicy but there are plenty of incredibly delicious items there that are not. Tiger Skin peppers, corn and egg, dried tofu with ground pork, eggplant in garlic sauce, stir fried greens, twice cooked pork, scallion pancakes, cucumber salad, kung pao chicken, there is already a feast right there. And that's with playing it safe. So far superior to Portabello's it's not funny. Reserve a large table, order for the group, and share everything.
Wow, I used to think women had diverse and distinct palates, but I guess we all love Willow, vanilla and romantic comedies. Thanks for the insight. I think Willow has some very good food including their steak dish which has fantastically well prepared mushrooms. But I am a chic so what do I know...
Sorry I really tried just to ignore this comment, and I just couldn't do it...
Del Merei Grille in Alexandria - near Del Ray - has great food, a nice atmosphere, and parking. It's not too Metro friendly, though. I'm fairly certain I've seen a book club meeting there, too. Fried pickles please every palate, right?
Here's the contact info: 3106 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 703-739-4335
I've been there three times in the last year.