Restaurant Advice - Union Station area
NYC Chower will be in DC on Wednesday night. I will (hopefully) find myself free for a 9pm-ish dinner and am looking for a great place to hit. I'm staying near Union Station, so if it's in the area (or nearby), that's a plus.
Ideally a high-end seafood place or French place, but I'm open. Probably just me, but that should alter the suggestions.
Thanks in advance!
If you opt for the French, I would suggest Bistro Bis in walking distance. It's in the Hotel George, just a few blocks away from Union Station.
If you're willing to get on the metro, take the red line a few stops away to Metro Center and go to Bistro d'Oc.
15 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
518 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Bistro Bis is exactly what you are looking for. Delicious french cuisine close to Union Station in an elegant but laid-back environment. Their french onion soup is excellent as are almost every entree I've ever had there (in particular a salmon dish I had a year or so ago). If you are dining alone you can get a table but I've also had great service at the bar, with a usually friendly bartender.
In terms of seafood, also nearby is Johnny's Half Shell but I've never been there so I can't personally suggest it. The other high end restaurant in the area is Charlie Palmer's Steakhouse which has a lovely view of the Capitol.
Union Station isn't the safest area to be in that late at night. So, if you do go anywhere that is not in a very short walking distance, I recommend taking a cab or metro.
For high-end seafood place, catch a cab and go to Hook on M street in Georgetown. They have an extensive wine list and server delicious incantations of fish I never eaten before. I loved the barracuda and recommend it to anyone who's a.) never had barracuda before and/or b.) to people who like fish that's not oily.
I've never had a problem in the area at night. There are a lot of homeless people in the area, but I've never experienced any crime. I often walk from Union Station area bars to Cap South Metro so I can skip the transfer @ Metro Center. It's not a short walk though with all the construction around the Capitol.
I usually walk the opposite direction to Chinatown and I've been told by people that live in the condos over there that walking by oneself after 9 pm in the area between Union Station and Chinatown is not a bright idea. Then again I've been yelled at and followed by homeless people in the middle of the afternoon in that area. But, my expereinces aren't everybody's experience. So, just be smart and aware of your surroundings no matter where you are. That area around Union Station and Cap Hill is beautiful and really should be given a chance.
Anyhoo, back on topic -> I'm dying to know where the OP goes to.