Special Occasion, but low key
Looking for a place to go for our first anniversary (tomorrow). We've already done a big celebration at ILW, so we don't want to break the bank. We do want something with great food, but it doesn't have to be a "special occasion" place. In fact, we'd probably prefer it isn't...just something that's nice and comfortable.
How about Cork? Some small plates to share paired with some excellent wine - or champagne - (recommended by a knowledgeable staff). Can't miss the avocado bruschetta, brioche sandwich with prosciotto and fontina topped with an egg, or the duck confit. Nice and comfortable.
Or, maybe one of the French brasseries in town? Bistrot du Coin (Dupont Circle) and Montmartre (Capitol Hill) are two of my favorites. French onion soup, escargot, steak or moules frites...
Another thought is Marvin, on U Street - food is a mix between brasserie and comfort food. Also very nice and comfortable.
Good luck, and congratulations!
PS - we had our first anniversary at ILW also. Next time you go, stay at the Foster Harris House and indulge in their four course breakfast the next day (included in price). It was so good, we may have enjoyed more than ILW! ;)