Dupont Circle and Georgetown
I know it's late notice, but we're in town for New Years Eve and Day. So far, we've found Sakana, Mark and Orlandos, Bistro Francais on M, and Lebanese Taverna. Any thoughts on these places? We're particularly looking for sushi for at least one meal, and we'd like to stay on the low end of the price range ($10-15 per), but we can splash out a bit if the place is right. Meanwhile I'll scour this board for related threads.
If you're looking for cheap, check out Maoz on 19th for felafel (Dupont) or Nando's Peri Peri chicken (Dupont). I've had okay experinces at the Thaiphoon off Dupont as well.
In Georgetown, there's a super cheap but no frills vegetarian Indian place called Amma Vegetarian on M Street. Pain Quotidien is also one of my favorites, good for lunch. Napoleon for crepes is a nice fancy atmosphere. It's up Wisconsin Ave, in Georgetown. Not too expensive if you choose carefully.
I have no idea which of these places would be open on New Year's Day...
Bistro Francais always has some solid dishes like pigeon (another way of saying squab) over pasta and tuna steak. But to lure people in they offer a cheap menu with pate and salad that you couldn't pay me to eat.
Lebanese Taverna is always solid. The fatteh bel djaje is usually a good choice.