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hellsbells815 Jul 14, 2010 07:31 AM

Hey DC Chowhounds...

I'm visiting a friend who lives in DC with 2 of our other best girlfriends and I need some restaurant recommendations. If I going to visit another foodie, I would totally take her advice and go to whatever restaurants she suggests. However, whenever we go out to dinner I am ALWAYS the one who picks the restaurants we go to so its gonna be up to me to make suggestions and the like.

We are not a particularly picky group but I think the idea is that one night we'd go out to a very nice dinner ($80 - $100 pp including bottles of wine to share) and the other night we'd do something slightly less expensive ($30-$50). I don't know the DC food scene AT ALL and I know that us New Yorkers (there are 3 of us coming down) would really like to get a taste of what DC has to offer! If there's a particular Chef that is well known in DC but not in NY, please make the suggestion because I know we would all love to give it a try!

We will also be around for lunch on a Saturday and probably do Brunch on Sunday before we head back up to NY. Barhopping in Dupont or AMo is a possibility as well ( I lived in DC for 6 months 5 years ago so I have some of the lingo down... haha)

Lunch and Brunch prices are up for negotiation - we all love a good spot with a prix fixe with a drink special so if there are any of those around... please let me know!

Things we like include:

Italian - antipasti places, etc.
Asian - We like anything asian - good sushi, korean bbq, japanese street food (okonomiyaki and the like)
Belgian/ Czech/ etc. - We're pretty big beer drinkers so we would love anywhere that has a Resto type feel to it with excellent beers and the food to match
Middle Eastern of any type
Indian

If you have any other suggestions on something that would be great, I'd really appreciate it! And I will definitely do a whole weekend in review post-trip to let you know what we think!!

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    Doh Jul 14, 2010 07:40 AM

    For less expensive Italian, I'd suggest Dino.

    For Belgian, Brasserie Beck

    For Indian, Rasika.

    For brunch, the Latino Dim Sum at Cafe Atlantico (a Jose Andres restaurant; you can do this as a prix fixe if you want)

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    Cafe Atlantico
    405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

    Rasika Restaurant
    633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

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

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      dinwiddie Jul 14, 2010 08:14 AM

      Good suggestions. I second Dino if for nothing else, the wonderful (and wonderfully priced) wine list.

    2. woodleyparkhound Jul 14, 2010 09:06 AM

      Italian - I third Dino... unpretentious neighborhood place close to Cleveland Park Metro with very good food and a great wine list.

      Asian - Kushi Izakaya (don't miss the yaki onigiri!) The plates are 2-3 bites each, so if you are starving when you go here, you can rack up a fairly hefty bill.

      Belgian/ Czech/ etc. - Brasserie Beck - wonderful moules/frites with a lengthy Belgian beer list

      Middle Eastern - Zaytinia (a Jose Andres place)

      Indian - Rasika (order the palak chaat)

      brunch - Chowhounds speak very highly of Againn and the Latino Dim Sum brunch at Cafe Atlantico - I have yet to try either, but want to very much!

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      Cafe Atlantico
      405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

      Rasika Restaurant
      633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

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

      Kushi Izakaya
      465 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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