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Feb 10, 2008 06:08 PM

Best Bar Dining in DC

Price is not an object. Getting a reservation at Komi or CityZen for this last-minute trip is. So where would you send me for a great meal where we can walk in and eat at the bar? (Any tips on best times to go would be greatly appreciated. A 5:30 or 9:30 meal is fine by us.)

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  1. Sitting at the bar at Two Amys allows you to both 1) avoid the teeming masses of families with kids in tow and 2) have easy lines of sight to the day's small plates (there's often sardines, cold salads, crostini with amazing goat cheese or olive spreads...). Share a few with a bottle of wine, and then a pizza. This is one of my favorite weeknight routines. If it's a weekend, definitely stick to the early or late side, as it can get packed back there.

    1. I would check out Bistro Bis for delicious french-inspired cuisine, Hook for wonderfully fresh seafood (you can eat at their bar right?), or Brasserie Beck for wonderful Belgium cuisine including the best mussells and frites in town.

      1. Guess what - you can dine at the bar at CityZen, and other than prime times on Fri/Sat, it's usually easy to go in and grab a seat. While the full dining room menu isn't available, you're still eating Ziebold's cuisine.

        1. I would go to the bar at Palena. You can order off the back room menu, or have the cafe fare. The food is always excellent.

          1. DC Coast after 8:30. Full menu.