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Need graduation dinner suggestions quick!

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I have about 6 people coming into celebrate my recent graduation. We need a restaurant in either DC or Alexandria that is:

1) low to Moderately priced, meaning $15-20 pp not including alcohol

2) has a variety of foods (so not just one type of food like just italian)

3) has a fair amount of vegetarian offerings

4) is close to a metro station (not mandatory for Alexandria)

5) Is open late for drinks and such and needs to have a pretty good drink menu at that.

6) has a nice vibe so we'll want to stay for the drinks and not bar surf.

This is for this weekend. I was going to choose Ping Pong Dim sum but everyone had a problems with it, for various reasons.

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  1. Wow....that is a really tall order. Not sure if you will get everything you are looking for but you might consider: Bodega, Ardeo, Firefly, Central, Ulah, or Cafe St. Ex.

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    1. re: Elyssa

      I know and I REALLY shouldn't have to do this, considering its MY graduation they're celebrating, but...there it is. They are driving all the way from WV, so I am going to have to try to be as accomodating as I am. Otherwise, I'd go to Zaytinya's and be done with it.

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      Zaytinya
      701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

      1. re: tifferbe_2000

        Also in Alexandra The Majestic might be perfect for you.

        1. re: tifferbe_2000

          tifferbe: by that do you mean Z is off the budget range? and BTW congrats. would they be freaked by Ethiopian? (order for them if they're confused)

          this is the problem with most of DC - dirt cheap or crazy expensive. not much in between. you can never satisfy everyone, and they can always have a booster snack after.

      2. Sounds like Carlyle Grand at Shirlington is the sort of spot you're looking for.

        1. Would Busboys and Poets work, or something like that? I feel like it meets all criteria, even if food isn't great.