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DC restaurant for this Saturday night

My husband and I will be in DC this Saturday night and staying at the Mayflower (Marriott). We're planning to go to dinner with another couple and looking for a fun, trendy restaurant. Any suggestions? Preferably close to the hotel if that's possible. We're open to all food - Italian, etc. Thanks!

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    1. Vidalia is trendy with good food and is on M between 19th and 20th, three blocks or so from the Mayflower.

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        1. Not too far from your hotel is Brasserie Beck, the new belgium bistro. The food is excellent and if you and your dining partners enjoy to sample various types of beer, this is the place for you.

          For Italian you can head up to Dupont Circle for good food at Sette Osteria.

          1. More of the trendy restaurants tend to be in Chinatown - a cab ride away from Mayflower. There you can choose among several trendy options: Proof, Poste, Zola, Zaytinia, Oya, etc., which are frequently discussed on this board.

            If you are trying to stay within walking distance of the Mayflower:

            Bombay Club just a few blocks away at 17th and I streets and serves well prepared Indian classics in a classy setting. Probably less trendy than elegant, but it is a fun atmosphere with large bamboo chairs and live music on occasion.

            For more trendy, how about Todd English's DC Italian place, Olives over on 16th and K. I would request seating upstairs if you can to take in the nicer atmophere.

            Firefly is another trendier option. They have a tree in the restaurant and have seasonal, american food and good wine options.

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            1. re: dzherbst

              The options are to walk 2-3 blocks to the Dupont Circle area, or walk 2-3 blocks to the area around Olives, Bombay Club, Equinox (Todd Gray's place) and Kaz Sushi Bistro. I recommend either option -- this time of year the walking is pleasant. I happen to prefer the cluster of restaurants in the southerly direction, listed here, but the restaurants in the northerly direction, Dupont Circle, are fine and dandy.