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Apr 5, 2010 09:27 AM

Rec for a great lunch, for one, near National Gallery of Art?

I'm going to be in DC this Wednesday for a quick visit, planning to spend the afternoon at the National Gallery before heading over to the Kennedy Center to see a friend in a performance. We have after-show late dinner plans, but I'm looking for a lunch rec to make the most of the trip. Looking for something tasty, unique, and not too expensive, and also comfortable for a single diner (eating at a bar is totally fine, almost even my preference.) I'm open to any types of cuisine or style of food, just want to sample something different from my hometown Philly haunts.

Any suggestions most appreciated!

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  1. Actually, don't leave the gallery.

    Acclaimed chef Michel Richard of the 4-star Citronelle has devised a French-inspired cafe menu, available both a la carte (entrees around $15) or buffet-style ($20). Initial reports (search this board) have been quite favorable.

    1. You could also try Nando's Peri Peri, which is pretty unique coming from Philly. Proof has a nice bar lunch special with a glass of wine for $13 (I think, it could be a couple dollars more or less). I like Central and Zaytinya for lunch, too.

      701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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      1. re: ktmoomau

        Just went to Proof for the bar lunch special today on my own since I was in the neighborhood. It's $12 for an entree and a glass of wine. They actually had more choice than I expected, about 5 dishes: shrimp burger, veal ragout on pasta, mushroom risotto, duck confit salad (Asian style)....and one other? It was very pleasant for a quick and delicious bite.

        I would also recommend walking to Taylor Gourmet (at Mount Vernon Square, about 10 minute walk from Chinatown) for a great Philadelphia-style sandwich.

        Or you could check out the lunch bento box at Zengo, also in Chinatown. I've been there for dinner twice and have been extremely wowed by the fusion Asian-Latin fare.

        Zaytinya and Central are also good suggestions, which I've enjoyed for dinner.

        701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

        Taylor Gourmet
        1116 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

        Zengo Restaurant
        781 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

        1. re: ktmoomau

          Zaytinya sounds really good, looking at their menu. Thanks for all the recs!