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Cityzen-like experience elsewhere in DC?

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We celebrated my husband's birthday with the tasting menu at Cityzen and loved it. I'd like to find a similary-gourmet meal for my birthday. Corduroy, Tosca, and Proof look like good restaurants, but I'm looking for something other than Italian or French-inspired cooking. To give you an idea, my favorite DC restaurant is Rasika. Any suggestions/

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

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  1. Komi.

    It gets plenty of mentions on this board (see especially uhockey's lengthy review), and the Washingtonian has named it best restaurant in DC the past two years; the attention is well-deserved. The food, ambiance, and service are all very different, stylistically, than CityZen's, but I think the Komi degustation is every bit as good as CityZen's tasting menu. (In fact, I think I like Komi's just a tad better!)

    Also, the cuisine's roots are Greek, not Italian or French.

    It's a small room (I think they seat about 35-40 at a time) and thus a tough reservation--call one month (to the day) in advance of your hoped-for date. Good luck!

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    Komi
    1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

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    1. re: marcj

      A second recommendation for Komi. We celebrated my birthday 2 years ago at CityZen and loved everything about it. A few months later we celebrated another special occasion (son's 25th birthday) at Komi and loved everything about it. If we had to choose, we'd return to Komi, because it felt more intimate and less cavernous than CityZen. If we didn't have to choose, we'd return to both.

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      CityZen Restaurant
      1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

      Komi
      1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036