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Night out for new parents

My husband and I are planning a rare night out without the baby and want to try someplace new. Looking for someplace in VA or DC that is upscale casual (not too pricey). Almost any cuisine is fine. Some of our favorite places include Chef Geoff's, Layalina, Ardeo, and Komi (though Komi's too expensive for us right now.) Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. One of our favorite kidfree night out places is the bistro at Restaurant Eve. They take care of everything. The tasting room is probably overkill, but the main dining room is great.

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    1. re: monkeyrotica

      Although quite pricey. I love the bistro at Restaurant Eve but I imagine its in the same price range as Komi. When I went for my anniversary I believe our bill (not positive since my kind bf paid) was closer to the $150-200 range.

        1. re: Potomac Bob

          No...sorry I should have been more clear. $150-200 total for the entire meal. It could have been more though. I didn't see the bill. But we got a bottle of wine (which was around $30-45), plus 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, and 2 desserts. Plus tip and tax. I was imagining it was in the $150-200 range. Which in my book is pricey. (Someday I hope that's moderate :) lol)

          1. re: Elyssa

            Eve can be expensive, if you want. But we usually skip the apps or share one, a glass of wine each, and either skip or share a dessert, and with a tip we come in well under $100.

            But we usually save up so we can go nuts in the tasting room. Double orders of fois gras and sweetbreads and some nice apertifs.

      1. re: food.fiend

        I second Tallula and the Majestic. What about Central is that too much? It is about $50 per person. Don't go to Firefly (sorry Elyssa) but their two-tops are so small and close together it really made a special occassion pretty awful for Fiance and I.

        1. re: ktmoomau

          You know what...I agree. Strike Firefly. I just recommended it to my brother and sister-in-law for brunch and they loved it (and they live in NYC so they have some damn good brunches under their wings). Even though I live right next door I haven't been in awhile and it totally forgot about the super close seating.

          Central could be a good idea (although I hear it could be slightly noisy). I'll know more about it come Saturday when I'm going for the first time (!!!!!).

      2. Congrats on a nice evening out! Some places you might want to check out are Cashions, Zola, Sonoma, Bistro D'Oc, Creme or Firefly. In Old Town I like The Majestic.

        1. To give you different advice (passed on to me 3 years ago on this board by Polly G). Have this night out you're planning, but you have about 6 months where you should be able to take baby with you while dining - just get him/her fed before heading in and you should have a good window. Somewhere around 6-8 months, depending on the kid, they'll stop sleeping soundly just after eating.

          Good luck!

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          1. re: Dennis S

            i think it depends on the place...a loud place like Central, Beck, West End, Firefly, etc would be ok to bring an infant because even if they start crying nobody would hear! Also places like 2 Amys and other family themed places would be perfectly appropriate and expected.

            But some of the more upscale places would be inappropriate. I see poor Mom's sometimes having their entire meal interrupted by taking care of baby (yes, occasionally i see a dad but almost always it's the mom) and they don't even have a chance to enjoy being out. Not to mention the other patrons who have saved up to go out and not have to hear baby crying. I would tend to recommend less frequent outings (if $ is a factor) and getting a babysitter so both parents can REALLY enjoy a night out and a date in each other's company.

            Some of the places that are NOT baby appropriate: 1789, Obelisk, Tosca, CityZen.
            Having said all that, i would recommend Urbana for you, in the hotel Palomar. It's got a very cool vibe, it isn't too loud, and the food is tasty. And it's not too spendy. Maybe 15ria (we are going tonight so i'll know more tomorrow!) or Tallula in arlington. have fun!

            1. re: DCDOLL

              Sure - good point. To me that's common sense, but you're right that I've seen it be tried as well. For sure, the higher end places, if attempted, WILL be where the baby has gas or something.

              The louder places actually also provide white noise for the chowpup.

              Also, keep in mind that between years 1 & 2 (long way off for the OP I know) they'll eat just about anything. I took my eldest to a dim sum Chowlunch, Vietnamese, Korean, and the list goes on. Now she's reverted back to bland and safe. My youngest is just getting teeth, and I can't wait to see how the eldest reacts to seeing her younger sister eating stuff she's refusing to eat!