Dupont Circle and beyond
My wife and I are New Yorkers who are in town for a conference this week. We're staying at the Dupont Hotel and are interested in nice places (maybe steak for me, maybe French for her) to eat.
I'm opened to just about anywhere in the immediate metro area and would value the opinions here more than the guide books.
my favorite in dupont circle is mourayo. if you're looking for top-dollar, prix-fixe multi-course tasting komi is one of our top-rated restaurants and is in that neighborhood...i have never been there myself but don't doubt it's world-class. for great wine and excellent food i would look into proof in chinatown. for french for her you should look into citronelle, michel richard's georgetown restaurant; for steak for you, there's a new steak place in the W hotel called J&G that's getting very favorable reviews, and there's also a rooftop lounge in the hotel with gorgeous city views. more casual/affordable but still great steak at ray's the steaks in arlington. you'll probably want a quick lunch at some point, so, for that, maybe try greek deli, which is in the dupont area -- nothing beats their avgolemno soup on a cold, rainy day.
Close to Dupont, drinks and dinner at the cozy Tabard Inn is a great way to spend a chilly fall evening. Also nearby you would be Firefly - a good, solid charmer. Venturing out of Dupont Circle, definitely considering Brasserie Beck, Central and Rasika for Belgian and beer, creative French, and amazing upscale Indian, respetively. They're all great places and perhaps unique enough that you won't find something like them back home.
If you have a car, you can't miss Ray's the Steak in Arlington. It's by far the best place for steak lovers, and if you'll believe it, the steaks are mostly between $20-30.
Your wife will love Bistrot du Coin - a bustling French bistro with great food and reasonable prices.
These two are among my top favorites in the DC area!
Ooh, another vote for Brasserie Beck and Rasika. Absolutely fantastic for Belgian and contemporary Indian food. Also among my favorites!!