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Restaurant to splurge a little

Coming up to DC for Labor Day, I've missed the opportunity to even attempt to book at Minibar. My significant other says she wouldn't want me to spend that type of money on food and that is okay as I'm sure we'll spend plenty at other places (when we figure out what they are). So, my question is the following:

Though most of the meals (if I have any thing to do with it) will be pretty nice like Central (lunch or dinner) or Atlantico, where would be the best place (IYHO) to have a really great meal for my last night in town?

I was eyeing CityZen and I don't mind as I see the trade offs being that you don't pay for most of the museums or tours and so more money to spend on the dining. If you could also include the dress code (for either lunch or dinner).

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  1. I would try the back dining room at Palena or Equinox. At both you will get seasonally delicious food that is well-executed with good service. Dress code for both would be on the more formal end. A jacket for men is not necessary but you wouldn't feel out of place either wearing one. If you are looking for something more casual you can try the front cafe at Palena (although they don't take reservations).

    Others would be Komi (if you can get reservations) or Corduroy. Same dress code more or less as above...although I'm not really sure about Komi since I've never been (but have been dieing to go).

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    1. re: Elyssa

      Komi's closed until 9/8. For splurging, CityZen or Restaurant Eve are both excellent, unless you want to blow $190 for the tasting menu at Citronelle.

      1. re: Ericandblueboy

        Why is Komi closed until September 8th? If I am looking to make reservations to go there on September 10th on my birthday am I out of luck? Thanks.

        1. re: Jeremy303

          They always have had some weird hours and breaks. It isn't for any bad reason, just part of their normal gig. Could be to give everyone a group vacation or etc.

          1. re: Jeremy303

            It's posted on their website that they will reopen on 9/9. I suggest you call now to make reservation since they do 1 month in advance.

          2. re: Ericandblueboy

            I forgot about Restaurant Eve. If you are willing to travel outside the city (in Old Town Alexandria) this is a great choice.

            1. re: Elyssa

              I don't foresee myself going outside of the city. That and Sunday is the Symphony Concert which is in the plans but may be opted out of if we come to a consensus to do take a stroll.

              CityZen seemed like the first thing that came to mind.

              The thing with the tasting menus (which I'm either out of luck on or very happy about cause I get two fo the same dish) is that there is no choice and if one person is slightly pickier than the other.. it won't fly. Second to price this was another issue that my partner said she had with Minibar.. I'm up for the experience. Though Citronelle's was even more than Minibar (though they may offer more or larger courses)..

              Thoughts on tasting menu at Teatro?
              I've not seen much about Palena.
              How about Obelisk (I know it is fixed price) though they have no website or menu listing I think it's Italian.

              Seeing as we get in to town right around the start of dinner time Thurs and since we are staying near Lafayette Sq... I thougth Equinox would be great to hit the first day (start and end with a bang).. though we may do a foot tour at 7 and so maybe I'm think Central or DC Coast..

              Unfortunately (if you've seen my other posts) I'm a bit indecisive and the fact that it may be some time before I come back to DC means I feel like I want to hit as many great spots as I can...

              Here are the spots I've bookmarked based on threads I've read where the majority seemed to have enjoyed themselves...

              Spezie
              Tosca
              Obelisk
              Bombay Club
              Rasika
              Blacksalt
              Matchbox
              Zatinya
              Blue Duck
              Corduroy
              Atlantico
              Brasserie Beck

              Actually what will be harder than finding that one great send off restaurant is great places to do lunch (maybe Central) while mostly around the Mall.. I think the only museuams we are going to see are Newseum (the source I know), Holocaust and American History

              1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                The Chef's table at Teatro is fantastic (15+ courses), but it's also $125 per person just for food (same price as Minibar). Obelisk is nice, at around $70 per person for 6 courses. Other fine dining restaurants on your list that I'd go to are Blue Duck, Corduroy, and Rasika.

                1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                  I'd vote for BlackSalt - and take your time exploring the menu and specials.

                  1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                    If you really wanted a tasting menu at Cityzen, but are worried you could always contact them, I heard they do a mean roast chicken, they might be able to sub something so the foodie doesn't miss out!

                    1. re: ktmoomau

                      Thanks for the tip. I'm also inclined to ask about Marcel's and Zola.

                      1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                        I was interested in celebrating an occasion at Marcel's but they're also closed on that specific day in early September. Do call them and ask if they're open.

                        1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                          I love Marcel's. I've had much better meals there than at Citronelle.

                          It's also close to the Kennedy Center if that's where the Symphony is playing.

                          1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                            Marcel's is the absolute, hands-down, no contest way to have a tasting meal for people who don't want to relinquish control. In fact, I don't even know why they call their meal a tasting menu or list the options by course.

                            Basically, you choose how many courses you want to eat, remembering that the sizes are small plate sizes. Then, each diner chooses whatever he/she wants to eat. Some courses include lighter options and some courses include richer options. If one type of food appeals to you more, you're free to choose multiple dishes from within a single course. The kitchen will sequence the delivery of your dishes properly.

                            Couple this element of control with excellent service and an elegant atmosphere. I think you'll adore your experience at Marcel's.

                            Zola is a place to eat a wholly acceptable meal in a restaurant with a fun, spy-oriented, decor. However, it isn't remotely in league with CityZen or Marcel's.

                            1. re: Indy 67

                              Well Marcel's will be closed from Aug 30 - Sept 7th.... If I would have known all these places were going to shut down during Labor day. I'd have waited til Memorial day :-þ

                              1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                At this point, you've had so many disappointments, I decided to take a positive approach. I THINK you're talking about dinner on Labor Day itself. Therefore, I went to the Open Table web site and plugged in September 7 at 7:30 p.m. for a party of 2.

                                Here are the restaurants you might enjoy that (drum roll please) are showing availability on Labor Day itself:
                                1789 Restaurant
                                Art and Soul
                                Bistro Bis
                                Blue Duck Tavern
                                Siroc Restaurant

                                From this list, I recommend either 1789, Bistro Bis, or Blue Duck Tavern.

                                If you're talking about a different day, you'll have somewhat more choices. For example, on Sunday you could consider Blacksalt (not Metro accessible but divine seafood). Still the best restaurants also on Open Table don't seem to be open that weekend. (Not all restaurants participate in Open Table.) Good luck!

                        2. re: burgeoningfoodie

                          The back room at Palena is very quiet, and the food is out of this world. Brasserie Beck is noisy, and while very good (one of my favorite places actually), not exactly something to die for, it is a much more casual restaurant than his other place Marcel's which is much more formal and old world like. But excellent. Corduroy is a very good choice as is Rasika if you are Indian food.

                          1. re: dinwiddie

                            I don't think we are going to travel that far from homebase (okay it looks far from midtown)

                      2. re: Ericandblueboy

                        Komi may be closing for an extended Labor Day weekend, but it is most definitely open this weekend.

                    2. You should call CityZen and check. They may be closed also for their annual vacation when you're in town.

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                      1. re: cheesepowder

                        I will definitely do that especially after seeing that Central will be closed that Sunday-Tuesday.. (no dinner on Sunday I guess).

                        1. re: cheesepowder

                          CityZen I don't think is closed but they don' t have any openings on OpenTable. I'm waiting to hear back from them though. Don't think we'll wind up at Citronelle.

                        2. CityZen is closed until the 11 of September and so that is out of the running. So I'm sorta back to Sq 1 as I was looking for something nice and a bit unique.

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                          1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                            I didn't know so many top end restaurants would be closed during that time. I am going to Blue Duck next week myself, and ordering the bone marrow with parsley.

                            1. re: Ericandblueboy

                              I remember seeing that. Is it very.. iron tasting? Like a blood sausage might be? Don't know if we will get to there. On the converse side of restaurants that are closing (boooo hisss!), Jose's restaurants are extending their restaurant week menus though I'm not going to bother with those regardless of which place I go to.. There is too much to try and for the small plates (compared to other dining spots) the money can go a long way.

                              1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                Marrow is not bloody or irony...just soft and kind of like fat. You smear it all over toast and it's just delicious.

                                1. re: Ericandblueboy

                                  Good to know. I'd try it either way... like I said saving up the dough to use on food instead of museums :-p

                                  1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                    Too much of it will make you feel gross, luckily, I think the portions are just rigth at Blue Duck. A restaurant that isn't fine dining but has lots of interesting stuff on the menu and prepared very well is Bar Pilar (you can get 10 things for less than $100). I'd go to Bar Pilar over any other small plate restaurant in DC.

                                    1. re: Ericandblueboy

                                      I remember hearing of Bar Pilar a few years back when I was in the city. I kept raving about Jaleo so we'll stop there (though I know Zatinya is probably better... I miss those bacon wrapped dates :-p).. I'll keep it in mind.

                          2. Citronelle is only open on the Thursday we will be there and so that looks to be out too. I saw some mentions of Marvin, Posto and Dino (though Dino is out there).. Not restaurants that I would say are .. like this is our final night in the city lets go out with a bang type of places..

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                            1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                              Have you tried Restaurant Eve? It's not in the city but it is metro accessible in Alexandria.

                              1. re: italy531

                                No I've seen lots about it but thats a heck of a ride out. Right now I'm just trying to eliminate some possiblities due to their not being open. Plus at least two of the evenings we have plans that are going on at around 7-730.. so trekking out there (esp. in formal wear) may be a bit much for us.

                                How long is that train ride from mid town dc on a good day?

                                1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                  I just checked WMATA.com and from Metro Center to King Street it is a 25 minute ride on a Sunday after 6pm.

                                  1. re: italy531

                                    yeah I gave Eve a call and they said it was about 20 mins plus an 8 block walk. We shall see about Sunday. I sorta wanna see the Labor Day concert which starts at 6.

                                    1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                      Just to add, on the topic of getting around, the Metro ride from Gallery Place or Metro Center to Cleveland Park, where Palena and Dino are, is very short and easy. It's on the red line, and there have been some problems lately with that line, but it's really a short ride. If you want to go to one of those restaurants, no reason to think they're too far away. The Cleveland Park metro stop is literally a few steps from Palena -- easy easy -- and about a block from Dino. FYI.

                                      1. re: mselectra

                                        Good to know. I guess it looks far away when you look at a map of it all. I believe the line closest to our hotel is Orange Blue.. but yeah a few stops south is the crossover to the Red. We shall see... I'm going to provide some options and see what she would like to do.. we have 4 nights so potentially she can pick two and I can pick two.. I think my biggest concern the more I think about is lunch (as we won't want to eat too heavily but still eat good).. more to come soon enough..

                            2. Is Obelisk open that weekend? If so I would highly recommend it. It is a $70-75 per person menu of delicious northern Italian food. The chef brings out a few small plates to start, then you get to choose a pasta course, then a meat/fish course, then there is a cheese course, and your choice of dessert. IMO it is actually a great deal for the quality and amount of food you get. It is a very small restaurant so it is most likely already booked, but I've been able to get in last minute by calling to see if there were any cancellations, so that would be a good option for you.

                              Another great restaurant on the price level of Central is PS7s. It would be a good choice for one of the other evenings.

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                              1. re: dcfoodie13

                                Don't know about Obelisk yet as they weren't open yesterday to call and find out. I've kept them in mind in general. Proof I know is open that weekend and PS7 I hadn't gotten around to calling. Corduroy is closed and I didn't call 1789 as I'm not sure how accessible G'town is going to be based on our schedule. We have pretty full days with the main variables being nightly concerts (I think there is free shakespeare and the labor day symph performance), the Wash. Mon and a foot tour.

                                It also depends somewhat upon how long the avg. dining experience is. I'll probably repost with a rough plan soon enough.

                              2. The plan for my trip

                                Thurs will probably be at the hotel around early evening.. dinner at 5 before meeting up near the ellipses of the whitehouse. I had thought about DC Coast, Equinox, or maybe some place closer to Central.. I'm just not sure how long it takes to dine at any of these places and if there are better options (I know Penn Qtr has a slew of places and so does the top area of Lafeyette Sq (near around Equinox)...

                                Fri is going to be mostly spent at Capitol Hill with a tour at 11 and another at 1:45. I'm going to assume that the earlier tour will take about an hour which gives us about 90 mins to eat and get back to the Capitol/Lib Of Congress area by 135 or so and so lunch suggestions there would be great.. I know there is a Le Bon Cafe somewhere and a Cosi.. I know Good Stuff is not far and I'm not sure how far away the eateries by Union Station would be walking..
                                Not sure about dinner plans something near the Harman center (Jaleo, Proof, Zatinya.. etc)
                                Sat.. we will probably just eat a big breakfast at hotel.. White house tour in the afternoon though if we do need to eat lunch I guess we could hit the Ebbit's grill unless someone has a better and lighter suggestion near east side of WH..
                                Probably do Central for dinner (if not on Thurs)..
                                Sun..breakfast and glancing early at Eastern Market...Definitely want to see Newseum and so lunch maybe at Source
                                Dinner.. Blue Duck or Rest. Eve or Obelisk or well the possibilities though some have been eliminated are still endless...

                                Those are just my thoughts and a rough idea in my mind.. also what are peoples experiences with 701? I'm trying to avoid too many new american type places.. Maybe 1 Italian, 1 Indian (though I know that comes down to Bombay and Rasika), 1 New American and 1 French/French Like (this will probably come down to Beck or Central).. If we eat more lunches than I thnk we will I'll figure those out then.. The pluses of restaurants like most of Jose's are that they are small plates and can be good for a lighter lunch.

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                                1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                  Unfortunately the Source is closed on Sunday...Maybe move Zaytina to lunch on Sunday?

                                  1. re: cheesepowder

                                    Thats not a bad plan... Seems like plenty of places are closed on Sunday regardless of holiday.

                                  2. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                    what would be your favorite restaurant for dinner near and around Penn Qtr or the harman center (which is near Verizon Center if I'm not mistaken..)

                                  3. It's too bad your focus on solely the high end places exclude many of the wonderful ethnic eats in DC.

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                                    1. re: dpan

                                      You also probably have missed his other thread, and the thread he kind of stole, for his other meals.

                                      1. re: ktmoomau

                                        I'm cutting back. That was rather rude of me. I just got carried away... :-(

                                        1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                          It's ok... we like enthusiasm. I was just noting that this thread was about splurging, but that there were others...

                                          1. re: ktmoomau

                                            In which I say way too much and hijacking is not nice. My issue is that there is so much I would like to experience in a short amount of time. I am more of the square meals type and my gf is more inclined to eat llittle meals here and there. I'd be more inclined to try something different and she .. not so much. The fact that alot of places may be closed for dinner (which will be our primary meal since the place we stay has breakfast) takes out the morning and probably lunch... and as I posted on one of these darn threads.. I'm looking to sample various types of cuisine in my four days... I think I got Central planned out for Friday... Thursday I'm not sure what I'm doing.. either seafood or maybe Italian since Siroc and Tosca are right on the path which we'd be walking. While I'd love to go to Jaleo one night (I'm starting to wonder if maybe Zatinya wouldn't be a better choice..though i do miss my bacon wrapped dates.. ) Sunday would be... well any number of choices.. I could go Equinox, Obelisk, possibly eve (though I'm not so crazy on the blazer idea at the moment), Blue Duck, Proof..

                                            I'd gladly take Dpan's suggestions especially for places that could be inexpensive, good and not necessarily filling in order to eat dinner at respectable time :-) and sticking a few blocks away from various parts of the mall or on given days Capitol Hill area.

                                            Are there many carts in the city? As I saw one mention for a Korean cart..

                                            The safety of the area of my hotel is still a bit of a concern but I guess there are always cabs if needed.

                                            1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                              Most of the carts are weekday ones, but there may be a few there, I am not sure.

                                              You know Jaleo and Zaytinya aren't too far from each other, a couple blocks, you could stop by to get the bacon wrapped dates at the bar, then move on to Zaytinya?

                                              1. re: ktmoomau

                                                Yeah I guess so. Coming from a non big city area where there isn't alot of bar crawls or otherwise.. It seems sorta odd to me.. though I see the tapas crawls on other shows... which essentially this could be. I'll see what the gf would like to do... she is of smaller stomach than I. I was planning to hit the Jose joints before a performance...

                                                Not that i have to have Italian but it seems like there are at least 4 restaurants I'm swirling around.. Obelisk, Dino, Siroc and Tosca.. Palena is listed as Italian.. but looking at the menu it doesn't come across that way. They all seem to be good and for various reason with Dino being the furthest from our dwellings.. French also has a lot of choices but I'm thinking to stick with Central would be good.. though the other choice would be Beck.. I'm not so sure if we'll do Asian... which leaves the american/new american for the last dish in my mind and right now that is swirling heavily around Equinox, PS7, Proof, Blue Duck or possibly hitting up Eve if ti is open Sunday.... Rasika is still a possible option but I'm not too worried about it.... I mean if you don't ever have it how do you know... Why do I stink at making these non life changing decisions about food :-p

                                                1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                                  For Italian- I haven't been to Obelisk, but hear really good things. Dino is very good, it is very Tuscan, the wine list is beautiful and if you need recommendations the owner is very helpful. They have a very good deal doing on, that I think will extend till you get there- but check the website perhaps. I love Tosca- the rabbit parapadelle and veal shank are my favorites, I am always really happy with Tosca, they will make pasta entrees half portions as starters if you like too, they are very accomodating.

                                                  While you are going to Central, I don't consider it French really, it is more of an American Bistro with wonderful french technique, not that it isn't awesome, it is my favorite restaurant in the city, but not REALLY french. Over by Capitol Hill Bistro Bis has great French food, and very nice brunch. I love their escargot- not the normal butter preparation, the red wine one is great, I have never had something I didn't love there. But it is a lot of rich food.

                                                  Take PS7 off the list. It is ok, but not WOW- Proof- Sable fish and gnocchi and Blue Duck- roast meats and goat cheese grits (don't get the apple pie if you have access to good homemade apple pie) definitely are more wow, although in a hot summer I am less inclined to Blue Duck as it has very good heavy food and is great on a cold winter night. I haven't been to Equinox. Eve is very wow to me, they put so much care in each ingredient, and the cocktails made by Tod Thrasher are amazing, the best cocktails in DC by far. Palena has amazing food, great gnocchi and pastas, but you are right- not really Italian. If I couldn't go to Eve, but wanted flavor profiles that were close, I would go to Palena.

                                                  1. re: ktmoomau

                                                    Thanks for the tip. What do you know about Siroc? I tried to browse through Rockwell for some recent reviews too. One thing you should know is that neither of us drink (outside of like a social gathering), because she winds up feeling ill and it makes me sleepy. Tosca and Siroc are closest to where we will be staying and was thinking of hitting these with about 1:30 mins to eat before we meet up with a tour near the south end of the white house.. If either were to require anything more than khakis and polo/button down short-sleeves, I'd have to pass.

                                                    I saw the link from Rockwell and Dino's owner Dean about the extended specials and so that is definitely something to keep in mind.

                                                    I somewhat got the idea that Central (after looking over the menu and seeing photos) was american bistro with a french flare. I ate at Bistro Bis last time I was there about 5 years ago. The Maitre'D (guy at the front of the house) was a bit pompous/snooty, but our waiter was great and we were seated just on the other side of the partition that separates the kitchen... May keep that in mind for when we are over by Capitol Hill though I'm not sure if that would be too far of a walk to go have brunch and be back by the capitol in an hour and fifteen minutes.

                                                    1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                                      I've been several times to Siroc, and love it. Unfortunately, I've never been to Tosca, so can't give you a good comparison. I do get the impression that Tosca is a bit more formal and tends toward "dressy" more than Siroc does. My fiance was very comfortable in jeans and a polo (he's a under-dresser, I'm an over-dresser so we kind of balance each other out).

                                                      Food is consistently wonderful at Siroc, and I really appreciate the portion size- it's on the smaller side so you can feel free to indulge in apps and an entree w/out feeling over stuffed. I personally have never problems with the service, I much prefer unobtrusive and more hands-off service. I prefer pouring my own wine and that's what I had to do during a couple of server absences, fine by me.

                                                      One drawback- interior is starting to look a little dingy compared to when we visited when they first opened. It's spare decor and what they have (basically just the tables and chairs and some crown-molding) is starting to wear. But I suppose you can solve this by just eating outside!

                                                      1. re: mjhals

                                                        Thank you for the feedback. I think we will probably be in business casual wear for Tosca... Which for me means polo (or button down) and khakis and she in a dress and flats.

                                                    2. re: ktmoomau

                                                      Speaking central what are some recommended dishes? I know the Charcuterie of Duck Rilettes is suppose to be great. I was looking at teh skate.. having never had it myself. Otherwise I'm not so sure what to have. My gf really likes mussels so she'll probably take that one.

                                                  2. re: ktmoomau

                                                    Also if you've been to both.. It appears that during lunch their tapas and mezzes are not offered.. is that correct?

                                                    1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                                      I haven't been to Siroc yet, but you would be fine at Tosca in khakhis and polo or button down. You will see a lot of suits in Washington because of the vast number of professionals, but that won't be the case on labor day weekend.

                                                      What tapas or mezze are you talking about? If it is Zaytinya and Jaleo they offer both menus at lunch.

                                                      1. re: ktmoomau

                                                        Yes Zatinya and Jaleo. I wasn't sure as they do separate the two on their respective websites. And if they serve the tapas and mezzes for lunch as well.. Well that may make things a bit easier both on time and tummies.

                                                        1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                                          If you are near chinatown the bacon dates could always be a snack on the way too or from something too it really isn't that far from the mall :) Since the SO likes to snack. And if the weather is nice I like to get an outside table at Zaytinya- the outdoor seating is far enough from the roads it is very pleasant. Their warm fresh pita is so good a good balance between soft and crisp (that to me is the good bread target zone like a good baguette warm a bit crisp, but nice and tender and soft too)

                                                          1. re: ktmoomau

                                                            I really love the pita there, too, and outside seating there is nice. I love your idea of doing a Jose Andres crawl, btw.

                                                            You can walk through the Portrait Gallery/American Art museum on the way from Jaleo to Zaytinya, too, so you're not missing out on touring museum duties. It's open until 7pm.

                                                            1. re: mselectra

                                                              No security checks? That seems helpful. I just know that the SO can fill up on a cup of lettuce :-p This is one big difference between us, but luckily she doesn't seem to mind watching me keep going. Example, Adam Richman (Man vs. Food) came down here and went to a new BBQ place called The Pit I had been before and wanted to go back as they were having an all you can eat bbq special. Well, eventhough I'm in a quadrant of BBQ country in this nation.. I don't eat BBQ all that often.. So we went and the whole time I'm thinking (to quote comedian John Pinette) "They don't understand.. I'm going to clean them out".. My girlfriend gets a bbq sandwich and we are watching them film and I go through.. maybe 7-8 plates of bbq which she laughs at.. I'm not a huge guy and I won't eat til I'm sick, but I'll definitely try to take advantage of things that we don't get here and while we do have some good greek food.. we don't have the pairings that he offers (in any of his places) down here.

                                                              Sorry that was a bit more story than I had planned.. I swear if I thought I had the buds, the know how to tell the difference between great, good, mediocre and horrible (the latter probably not being too hard) and the potential do well... I'd be a food critic..

                                                              Give the design of what he offers, the proximity of his restaurants to one another and that he is from Spain, you have to wonder if this wasn't his intent in some fashion...Also, couple in the fact that he supposedly leaves a lot of tables open for walk-ins.

                                                              ktmoomau - what has your experience been as far as time when eating at Central and Tosca. I'm trying to budget time to eat dinner there (and the other places) without feeling like I'm having to run out the door.

                                                              1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                                                Great story! A good thing about these small plates places is that the idea is to share the food, so you can order a bunch of plates, your girlfriend can have a couple bites and then pretend that she's still eating when she's actually just enjoying watching you eat it all. :) Also, with the small plates you can try many different things, which should suit your desire to get lots of tastes you don't usually get to.

                                                                You could stop by Cafe Atlantico and Oyamel, too, on your crawl. They're all very close to each other, you'll find yourself walking by them without even meaning to, I expect.

                                                                Portrait Gallery actually has less security than other DC museums, as long as you don't have a very big bag. They've got a lovely courtyard where people go to read and study (there's also a little cafe there and on a terrace on the second floor) and is a great pit stop in the area, good place to rest weary feet.

                                                                1. re: mselectra

                                                                  Outside of a camera and requisite purse (on the SO's end), I don't foresee a big bag being an issue. I think hitting up ALL of his restaurants would be too much. Oyamel though (supposedly good) we'd probably stay away from unless we tried to hit the latino dim sum brunch on Sunday.. She not really liking mexican (which for her is tex mex.. eventhough I try to convince her to come to many of the tacquerias in our area)..

                                                      2. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                                        I have been to both and I think Tosca wins hands down. Siroc is tasty but Tosca is divine. I think the menu is more innovative and just amazing. Everything I have had there is melt in your mouth good.

                                            2. re: dpan

                                              I'm open to options.. are we talking Full Kee? Tony Chengs?.. the Korean food cart someone mentions that is on.. P Street?

                                            3. If I'm staying at the Wyndham on M Street near Thomas Circle and going to eat a late dinner at say DC Coast.. would that area be safe to walk back to the hotel after dark.. or should I think about cabbing it? I'm just thinking I'll have a camera and all on me and don't want to attract attention. Worried too much?

                                              1. So my gf after a list of restaurants said she liked the menus of Central, Brasserie Beck, Zatinya.. She said she wish she knew what Obelisk would serve but Italian was safe by her. Surprisingly she said she'd rather try Rasika moreso than Jaleo based on the menus and that she like Equinox and Blue Ducks lunches better than dinner (not surprising just didn't consider them for lunch since we won't really be in the area at lunch time)... She was nonplussed with Palena and REst. Eve but that may have been due to the fact that they look way out.. She liked Dino's menu and that restaurant week special they are extending and she couldn't get Tosca to load.. So at least I've got some things to consider and hope that there are still spaces on the facebook places..