Steak Dinner on Expense Acct (DC)
My soon to be former employer has offered to cover a farewell dinner for up to 8 people at the restaurant of my choice. Budget is $700 (recession be darned!).
I'd like to do a steakhouse. I've been to BLT, Palm, S&W and Cap Grille. Never been to Charlie Palmer.
Only other criteria is that it has to be in DC b/c colleagues will be coming from the office. So no RTS.
I'm leaning towards BLT based on a good lunch I had there back in May, but would love other views from Chowhounds. Thanks.
BLT is very good, actually i love everything there but the steaks are just OK. I used to really like CP but the past couple times have soured my opinion and i havent been back in a while. Bourbon Steak just opened in the 4 seasons in georgetown, its a new restaurant by Michale Mina is supposed to be very good although I havent been yet but plan on going soon :) Also, depending on how much you drink, you could easily go over $700 for 8 people at any of these places.
If you are not definitely set on a steakhouse, I'd consider Blue Duck Tavern. They do excellent meats (braised short ribs are my personal favorite) so you can definitely have a steak if you want, but can also have some delicious appetizers and sides and great service.
I'e never been the Charlie Palmer's but hear good things. My top choice personally would be the Prime Rib. Classic, classy, and delicious!!
Best steak I have had in DC was at Bobby Van's Grill, It is much better then Smiths and Charlie Palmer's. I would choose between there and the Cap Grille for a farewell dinner.
How about Rays the Classics in Silver Spring? Yes, not in the District, but on the red line and easy enough to get to and unlike RTS, they take reservations.
$700 for 8 people isn't really that huge of a budget- if you are including tax and tip, drinks, apps and dessert. the Classics might be a bit farther out of your way, but you are much less likely to go over budget there than at BLT or any of the other suggestions and the food is just as good (if not better).
And in a tight economy, I think its always a good idea to support the local business owners.
I like BLT. Or why don't you try Oceanaire. You'll probably want to eat lighter after the holiday season, but they do their steak--and of course--their fish so well.
I haven't been to CP in forever, but really have enjoyed it, get a side of their mushrooms they are very good, if you go.
My second favorite is Cap Grille it doesn't hurt that they have coconut cream pie though.
I have never been to the palm but my equally beef loving Fiance swears by the Palm and CP.
Of course I think Rays is the favorite of both, but if that is not an option I think you are making a good choice with CP.