Looking for Washington D.C. recommendations.
Going to be in town for one night, staying at Hilton Capital at 100116th and K streets. What is good in that area? Thanks in advance!
Inside the Capital Hilton is Twigs - not my favorite but obviously right inside. Right across the street is Olives, chain but great for drinks/appetizers. Also within walking distance if you head west on K street 2 blocks to Conneticut Ave, turn right on Connecticut and it will open up into the Dupont area. So many options there! You're literally right smack in the middle of maybe 5 blocks one way finding anything you could dream of in Dupont and then 5 blocks the other way you'll be in Logan Circle. If you head east, eh... not too much or south, you run into the White House and the mall, which all you'll find are hotdog vendors.
Don't limit yourself to the area. The METRO is easy to use and will take you to plenty of good eating areas. Cleveland Park has a lot of places, my favorites are Dino (Italian food and a fantastic and extremely well priced wine list), Palena (back room for formal, expensive and the best food in DC, front Cafe for more casual and great food), or Lavandeau for country French.
You could go to U Street for Ethiopian food, Dukem or Etete are the most often recommended.
Avoid Twigs and Olives. The first is dull, the second is a chain and not inspiring.
The best dining in the city (4 star, tasting menu) is CityZen, Citronelle, and Palena. All will require a cab ride. Short of that there are many delicious options.
If you want to stay on foot, my recommendations are Equinox, Oval Room, Bombay Club (these three are on the same block of Connecticut b/w L and K) or the Tabard Inn (N Street b/w 17th and 18th). Butterfield 9 is fun and delicious on 14th and F. Further afield is Central (if you can get in). And for Spanish tapas Jaleo (7th and D), for Mediterranean tapas Zaytinya (9th and G). Both of these are hip, affordable, and superb.
You can also take the metro to Palena. It's the Cleveland Park stop.
I 2nd the recommendations for Equinox and Palena. Both are high end in price (Unless you eat at the front of the room in Palena which is less expensive) but really delicious. I especially love Equinox for the use of fresh local ingrediants.
If you are looking to stay near your hotel, not too far off is Bistro D'Oc, which has delicious French bistro cuisine in a charming setting. The price is pretty moderate.