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Top, unstuffy, DC Restaurants?

Hi there - Im a DC expat who has been in NYC the last 8 years. I wanted to get my sister and her husband a gift voucher for a nice restaurant in DC. Can be fairly pricey. They are in their 30s, fairly hip, so I want to avoid places that are in hotels, for example, in favor of something that is livelier, or any new foodie havens that have opened in the last couple of years.

All suggestions welcome, thanks!

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  1. Central and Proof are both winners.

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    1. re: aburkavage

      These would be my choices as well. And I would add CoCo Sala.

    2. Blue Duck Tavern gets my vote. It's in a hotel, the Park Hyatt, but it's a great atmosphere, very lively, definitely has a trendier edge to it, and the food is fantastic. I was on a date there last night and I can't wait to go back

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      1. re: MarcDC

        Went there for a prix fixe chef's table and was really impressed. The atmosphere was sleek and cool. Really enjoyed the service and the food.

      2. I like Obelisk which is consistently highly rated, located in Dupont Circle, and serves wonderful food. Moreover, it's price fixe so you can get a gift certificate with tip so that your relative can eat without having to pay anything.

        1. My favorite "foodie haven" that is unstuffy is Rasika in Penn Quarter. It is a hip, modern Indian/fusion restaurant. I also like Brasserie Beck, which is very lively and has great Belgian beers. I've only eaten downstairs in the bar at the Source, Wolfgang Puck's place in the Newseum, but also attracts a lively crowd. It's pricey.

          1. Great tips, thanks all! I had been eyeing Obelisk actually, and will check out the other suggestions.