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May 31, 2010 11:20 PM

NYC Hound Coming to DC


Two 'hounds from NYC visiting DC this weekend. I've done some research, made some reservations, and I would love some feedback! We'll be staying at the corner of 11th & E St. NW. We are looking for places within walking distance (being New Yorkers, that means anything up to 2 miles.) Not fond of Mexican, Chinese, or Italian. No Korean only because we'll be having a fantastic homemade Korean meal one of the nights!

So here's what we have so far:

Saturday dinner - Res @ Vidalia, wondering if there's a chance in hell that there are seats available for Vidalia 24? Also considering Proof or Corduroy, though only LATE res is available for both places. Feel free to make a suggestion, we're looking for a somewhat upscale place, though dress code should be casual/business casual since we won't have a jacket.

Sunday lunch - Res @ Bistro Bis, will try calling Tabard Inn tomorrow to see if any res is available. If it is, which one do you prefer?

Monday or Tuesday lunch - Oohs and Ahhs or Mitsitam Cafe @ Nat'l Museum of American Indians. Any other suggestions? Maybe a great seafood spot? Looking for an affordable option.

Monday dinner - Res @ Central. Any feedback? Any other mid-priced option?

I appreciate any help in advance!

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  1. Againn @ 11th and New York - about the equivalent of I St, NW - is flat out better than Tabard Inn. Also, maybe you don't have anything quite like it in New York? Attention to detail there is phenomenal.

    Tabard Inn
    1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

    1. I really love Bistro Bis, I would stick with it over Tabard Inn. Although I believe on Sunday they don't have lunch, but brunch.

      If you want affordable seafood the grilled bluefish at Tacklebox is great. I also really like Hank's Oyster Bar. Of your selections I would do Oohs and Aahs.

      Bistro Bis
      15 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

      Tabard Inn
      1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

      Hank's Oyster Bar
      1026 King St Ste 1, Alexandria, VA 22314

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      1. re: ktmoomau

        Tabard Inn is fully booked on Sunday anyway. Glad to hear Bistro Bis is good! Looks like we'll definitely be doing Oohs and Ahhs for one of lunches.

        Steve, I will check out Againn. Thanks for the pointers!

        1. re: uwsister

          Just went to Againn for dinner and it was great. I really liked the ale braised rabbit.

      2. I am a little apprehensive after reading a few less-than-favorable reviews about Vidalia on Yelp. I trust Chowhound far more than I do Yelp, but the number of average reviews bothers me, so I'm re-thinking Vidalia.

        Anywhere that could replace Vidalia? Looking for mid-priced to upscale places (Vidalia's price range or under) and walking distance frrom 11th & E St. NW (up to 2 miles away.) Any cuisine is OK as long as it's done very well, except for Mexican, Chinese, and Italian. Of course somewhere we could get in on this Sat, which rules out a few other upscale places.

        Or should I keep Vidalia? If you love Vidalia (not for 24, too late for that res, but for their tasting/a la carte) please tell me why and what you love there!

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        1. re: uwsister

          I've been to vidalia twice and was wretchedly underwhelmed on both occasions. The quality of meat was shockingly low considering the prices we were paying; this includes short ribs that had great flavor but were very fatty and fish that didn't smell too great. The dessert was amazing and the rabbit pappardelle was really one of the best dishes i've had, but those two great things alone weren't enough to overcome the other shortcomings.

          As far as a replacement for Vidalia goes--we don't really have any other upscale Southern restaurants that are quite on par with it, but have you thought of visiting a good steakhouse? BLT Steak is great and Bourbon Steak I've heard is good, though I haven't been there myself (they poach their steaks in clarified butter--yowza.) I've been to J&G Steakhouse in the W Hotel and it was excellent. Though coming from New York, I'm sure a steakhouse would be nothing new to you...

          I recently had several VERY impressive meals at Plume (French), though it gets mixed reviews from people on this board. But I'd count my visits there among the best meals I've had in DC. MUCH better than Vidalia, in my opinion.

          I highly recommend proof, it's my favorite restaurant in DC and with an 80-page wine list to boot, so if you're a oenophile you'll definitely want to attempt to get in there. Perhaps you could do a happy hour or grab a glass of wine there mid-day after a visit to the american art museum.

          1990 M St NW # 2, Washington, DC

          J&G Steakhouse
          515 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

        2. If you can do Proof or Corduroy, do. The restaurant in the Hyatt at 11th and H is good, too -- I think it's called Cure. Or take the metro to Palena (early -- before 6:30) and grab a cafe table.

          3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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          1. re: ejr

            Avoid Cure if it all possible. The menu *looks* good and the awful. Hotel restaurant at its most mediocre.

          2. Proof is fantastic. Plus the Penn Quarter is fun. Also Bistro Bis is great. Sorry to hear that Videlia went down the tubes, I have been there in a while, and I guess I wont be back.

            Bistro Bis
            15 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001