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Looking for GREAT restaurant open on a MONDAY night

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sovze Oct 28, 2009 03:59 PM

Hello fellow foodies,
I'll be in DC next week for a conference and my anniversary which falls on a MONDAY. I called Komi and Obelisk but they are closed on Monday night. I'm looking for a great restaurant open on Monday night to celebrate my anniversary. American, French, Italian, organic, local/fresh food. Looking for a classy, comfortable, romantic atmosphere but food quality is the most important. I'm staying in Dupont Circle for all options welcome --although something closeby would be great!
THANKS!!

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Komi
1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

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    Doh RE: sovze Oct 28, 2009 05:27 PM

    I think Central is open (2 stops south on the Red Line), and that might be your best bet. I also think the Palena Cafe (2 stops north on the red line) is open Mondays now, but they don't take reservations.

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    Palena
    3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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      ktmoomau RE: Doh Oct 29, 2009 11:07 AM

      I second both these options. Central is a little more casual, but really nice. Very comforting but refined food.

      Palena is much more upscale if you make a reservation for the back room. The food is very refined. I always get one of the homemade pastas which are always excellent.

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      Palena
      3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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        MartyL RE: ktmoomau Oct 29, 2009 11:13 AM

        I'm not at all a fan of Central -- it's overpriced, average fare, IMHO -- but I strongly recommend Palena. The back room reservations are not available on Mondays, but you can sit in the back room and can create a great dinner from the "bar menu" alone.

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        Palena
        3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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        Elyssa RE: Doh Oct 29, 2009 11:13 AM

        These are both great recommendations. Palena does take reservations but only for the more formal (but equally delicious) back dining room.

        Other recommendations would be Equinox (amazing locally sourced cuisine. Chef Gray will treat you well), Siroc (a great, new Italian restaurant), or Blue Duck Tavern (nice American cuisine, especially the meats). All are close to Dupont.

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        Palena
        3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

        Blue Duck Tavern
        1201 24th Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

        Siroc Restaurant
        915 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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          mselectra RE: Elyssa Oct 29, 2009 11:26 AM

          I'm trying to figure out the autolinks that are now appearing in our posts -- just checked and Blue Duck T's location info in the link is incorrect. Doesn't seem to be a way to correct it. And Central doesn't even seem to be in the database. Websites for OP:

          http://www.blueducktavern.com/gallery...

          http://www.centralmichelrichard.com/v...

          (ETA: okay, Central appeared when I manually put it in :), perhaps needs whole name "Central Michel Richard".

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          Central Michel Richard
          1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004

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            pineapple sage RE: Elyssa Oct 29, 2009 06:46 PM

            Monday night at Palena is different than the rest of the week. You cannot make a reservation and they only offer the cafe menu but you can sit anywhere in the restaurant. The chef tries different dishes and has a bit more fun than the rest of the week. The infamous roast chicken is available as is the cheeseburger, but you can have it topped with a duck egg.

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            Palena
            3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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          katecm RE: sovze Oct 29, 2009 10:11 AM

          I would consider Brasserie Beck, which I think is an amazing restaurant. It's a lower price point than Komi and Obelisk, but I tend to do that for special occasions, as I just splurge on lots of orders, kind of creating a tasting menu.

          Marcel's, in Foggy Bottom, would be a nice walk from Dupont. I have to confess I have never been, but it is a much-revered French restaurant in DC.

          Restaurant Nora is an old-school DC institution - the first restaurant in the city with a strong organic focus, and is right in Dupont.

          I just had an absolutely amazing meal at The Source. It's Asian-inspired, so not what you described, but I'll throw it out there only because it was one of the best meals I've had in DC.

          Last, I'll second Doh on Central. It's something special.

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          Brasserie Beck
          1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

          Restaurant Nora
          2132 Florida Ave., N.W, Washington, DC 20008

          Komi
          1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

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            mselectra RE: sovze Oct 29, 2009 11:11 AM

            I think Corduroy might be perfect for what you're looking for. Website says it's open Mondays. More upscale and "classy, comfortable, and romantic" -- in my opinion -- than other suggestions so far. http://www.corduroydc.com/about_cordu...

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            Corduroy
            1122 Ninth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

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              Ellen RE: sovze Oct 29, 2009 06:07 PM

              If you are looking for a special meal and were considering Komi and Obelisk, then I agree with mselectra that Corduroy will probably fit the anniversary dinner you are seeking. None of the other places mentioned are at that level. Palena is great but the bar menu is very limited so you might want to look at it online before you decide to go there on a Monday night.

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              Palena
              3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

              Komi
              1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

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                Elyssa RE: Ellen Oct 29, 2009 06:40 PM

                Unfortunately Palena's online menu is pretty outdated. Palena is one of the best restaurants in this city, but their website tends to suck.

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                Palena
                3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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                  Ellen RE: Elyssa Oct 29, 2009 07:15 PM

                  I've eaten at both the bar and in the back room. I just wanted the OP to know that the limited Monday bar menu may not what they are seeking. The burgers, fries and roast chicken are great but I would be very disappointed if I went there for a special dinner and found that was all I could get.

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