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Grazing dinner-small plates or apps

Missy Feb 7, 2008 10:29 AM

Hi-I'll be in town for one night next week and dining alone-I'd love to make a meal off small plates or appetiziers. I've been to Jaleo and Zaytinya each several times-I was thinking more New American-type. Any suggestions? Thanks

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  1. ktmoomau RE: Missy Feb 7, 2008 11:23 AM

    Tallula or its bar EatBar is a great place for that unfortunately they are in Northern Virginia, but they have small new american bites.

    I think perhaps PS7's might do a little of that, although I have never been.

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      ktmoomau RE: ktmoomau Feb 8, 2008 12:53 PM

      Also in NOVA if you decided you wanted to come out here (it really isn't that far right in Arlington) is Eleventh St. Lounge which has lots of american small plates too. They are half off on Thursday, of course if you are going to come all the way out here I think Tallula or EatBar would be better, if you are dining alone, especially EatBar.

    2. hill food RE: Missy Feb 7, 2008 11:44 AM

      not New American, and HIGHLY unlikely, but give Minibar a call (run by the same guy as J and Z, but with a different slant). Why the heck not - everyone expects to have to book weeks ahead (no exaggeration), but because of that if there's a last minute cancellation I doubt most would be prepared to fill it...

      pricey, but good fun. (YMMV, but you might still be hungry after - 30 or so courses, but not hearty fare)

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        MrsWheatie RE: Missy Feb 7, 2008 12:00 PM

        These are both in Penn Qtr area



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          westendhoya RE: Missy Feb 7, 2008 12:18 PM

          I would recommend you check out Cork. It a winebar that just opened on 14th street, but it s menu is comprised of small American plates and the food is phenomenal.

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            Missy RE: westendhoya Feb 8, 2008 03:36 AM

            Oooh Cork sounds nice-I will check it out. Thanks!

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            Elyssa RE: Missy Feb 8, 2008 04:38 AM

            You should check out Proof. It's a wine bar with good appetizers/small plates (I especially like the cheese options and the gnocchi). Depending on the night of the week you may be able to find a seat at the bar (although it gets pretty crowded since it's a very popular restaurant) otherwise make a reservation for a table.

            Another option in Gallery Place/Chinatown would be PS7. You can easily get a seat at the bar or in their lounge. Their happy hour/lounge menu is great and inventive. They have delicious tuna tartar sliders on parker house rolls, arrancini, and mini hot dogs and smokes. Plus they have one of the best bartenders in town.

            Not New American but truly delicious is the 1/2 off tapas and sangria special at Taberna del Alberdero. It's an excellent deal since Taberna is usually very expensive. Their happy hour menu is offered Monday-Friday until 7pm. Try to get there early if you can to grab a seat. Certainly try the croquettes...they are drool-inducing.

            1. hill food RE: Missy Feb 8, 2008 10:39 AM

              timely- today's WaPo:


              ok not exactly american...,

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                westendhoya RE: hill food Feb 8, 2008 12:42 PM

                Mie N Yu is a nice experience but I definitely don't think thats what you're looking for based on your description. I would stick with Cork or Proof.

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