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Equinox, Blue Duck Tavern, Corduroy or something else?

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I'm visiting Washington DC between Christmas and New Year's and will be celebrating my partner's birthday during that time. I'm looking for a restaurant recommendation. i have been to DC quite a few times before and haven't ever had any remarkable food, but then I haven't really gone looking.
I have been doing some research, and have been considering Equinox since it appears to be very near our hotel, and because it appears to feature local, seasonal ingredients (our favourite thing in a restaurant). The Washington Post recommends Corduroy, also nearby, but I am willing to travel a few Metro Stops if need be (or to Georgetown, if it's worthwhile). The Blue Duck Tavern isn't so conveniently located, but it is highly ranked on TripAdvisor. I also notice that lots of places recommend Komi, but that seems a bit out of our price range. So any recommendations in the general region of the McPherson Square Metro, or another nearby metro stop, or in Georgetown, for good food that's less expensive than Komi but still creative and delicious in a nice atmosphere (and open between Christmas and New Year's)?

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

Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

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  1. I would check out Michel Richard's cooking at Central or The Lounge at Citronelle. You can reserve at Central; you cannot at the Lounge, but it is not necessary. At the Lounge, go for the mushroom cigars, the tuna napoleon, and the escargot tart. Soups there are always a great presentation, and the desserts are highly creative. They do a very surprising birthday dessert.

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    Citronelle
    3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

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    1. re: Steve

      How about "Palena" (casual, front dining room- not the fancy one in back) or "Proof" or "Dino?"

    2. I highly recommend Corduroy. I have never had a bad meal there. The chef-owner is actually present so the quality is consistently good.

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      Corduroy
      1122 Ninth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

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      1. re: DCDeb

        I just wanted to say thanks to DCDeb for the suggestion. We went to Corduroy. It was very good. The service was excellent, and we had a nice time.