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help: DC business dining on Feb 14th

'hounds, I need your help. In town for business on 2/14, need a restaurant that won't be overrun by romantic diners. Good to excellent food preferred, ethnic is fine, doesn't have to be fancy. Staying in Lafayette Sq area, but willing to travel via Metro.

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  1. Yikes...what an unfortunate night to be dining out. haha How many people are in the group?

    For ethnic you might try Sichuan Pavilion on K Street. It's a great Chinese food restaurant but not romantic in the least, so you won't be running in to schmoopy couples.

    Another option would be Bombay Club for Indian near the White House. There might be some Valentine diners there but it shouldn't be "overrun."

    Bombay Club
    815 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006

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    1. re: Elyssa

      Second Bombay Club, completely. Definitely the best option. It's a great Indian Restaurant (same owners as the always-booked and hugely popular Rasika), but slightly more formal, with a British Plantation kind of vibe going on. I doubt they are doing a special Valentine's Day menu.

      And the food is *really* fantastic.

      1. re: Raids

        Thanks--it was on my list. Glad to know that it's still a good option.

        1. re: Hungry Celeste

          Third on Bombay Club. Do check regarding specials, though. We ate there on New Year's Eve. It was yummy, but they did not offer the regular menu. It's not the kind of place where the presence of some googly eyed couples would affect the success of a business dinner. I think many people will celebrate on Saturday, so Monday should be OK.

          Bombay Club
          815 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006

          1. re: Hungry Celeste

            If you go there and are in the mood for a bit of a show, get the dessert coffee - called cobra on the menu, I think. The tableside flambe show is a huge production of the sort that, in my understanding, people enjoy at business dinners.

            1. re: Hungry Celeste

              Will give Bombay Club a try this Monday... Anything on the menu I shouldn't miss?

              Bombay Club
              815 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006

              1. re: Pigeage

                There's a crispy spinach (or some kind of green) chaat appetizer that's excellent and somewhat unusual. V. similar to a dish at Rasika.

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

        2. Since Valentine's Day falls on a Monday, you MIGHT get lucky dining during Lunch. Let's hope, for your sake, that the romantic diners will chose the previous weekend to play footsies in public.

          Some restaurants - Bond 45 - are using their regular menu.


          1. If I were you, I would stick to the "traditional" business places. Maybe try the Palm or Sam and Harry's on 19th Street NW.

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            1. re: zildjain79

              Sam & Harry's (19th St) is closed

              Sam & Harry's
              8240 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182

            2. We had Thanksgiving dinner at 701 Restaurant. They're doing a four course prix fixe which you can see is a pretty complete selection. It's a sophisticated place and many of the men diners were in suits and jackets and ties. Our meal was one of the best of our trip.


              1. You can check Opentable http://www.opentable.com/promo.aspx?m... for places advertising Monday 2/14 rmonatic dinners (so that you can decide to avoid those


                If you opt for steak there are better choices than Palm or Sam & Harry's (like BLT Steak)

                Agree on Bombay Club

                Bombay Club
                815 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006

                1. So, if you're willing to head over toward Metro Center, Againn is having an Anti-Valentine's Day dinner and also serving the full regular menu in addition to the prix fixe option. It's a British gastropub and the place just screams "business dinner." Great pork and beef, great drink selection, great oysters.

                  Wow, I just read the prix fixe menu, and I have to share: "Celery Root Soup with Stilton Mousse and Grated Apples, a Mixed Grill of Tamworth Pork with 10-Hour Roast Shoulder, Crispy Belly, and House-made Sausage and Sage Dumplings, and the famous Spotted Dick with Maple Rum Custard for dessert."

                  Hell, I think I'm going there.

                  1. Hi Celeste - I have just returned from D.C. Never did get to Bombay Palace. Where did you end up eating?