Need a date place that's not a date place. In D.C.
Former SF Chowhounder here. I recently moved to DC and looking for a good place to take a date to this Saturday. Parameters:
-- Cuisine: Authentic and/or unique. Good beer selection important. A place like Churchkey that is not Churchkey and maybe skews a little
-- Neighborhood: Ideally, Columbia Heights, H Street, maybe 8th Street corridor. But I have a car and am open to anywhere.
-- Atmosphere: Fun, trendy, not stuffy, not too young (Adams Morgan makes me break out in hives). Divey yet upscale is the dream.
-- Price: Not a concern.
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Forget trying too hard, go to any of the Teaism branches, do not order noodles.
If you just want to have drinks or just a snack, you can do that. If you want a meal, you can do that there, too. Good atmosphere to just talk, too. You can both pay separately or one of you can pay for the other when ordering your food. Not too much pressure either way.
2009 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009
How excellent does the beer selection have to be? The only places I know of in the District that rival Churchkey are the Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown, Brasserie Beck, the recently reopened former Brickskellar - Bier Baron, and maybe the Biergarten on H St?
Granville Moore's. It's on H Street, lots of Belgian beers, good food (famous for the moules frites), and very cozy in a dilapidated way.
Other options without the beer element: Souk (also on H Street), Moroccan small plates, very good food. Dark atmosphere.
Ethiopic (also on H Street) - good Ethiopian, could be fun to eat with your hands.
I had one other idea: Domku in Petworth. It has a funky Brooklyn-y feel to it. Polish/Slavic food, not sure about the beer selection. It's the kind of place that has funky decorations and none of the furniture matches, but it's up-scale.
Domku Bar & Cafe
821 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011
Granville Moore's is sooooo good. Realy fun date place, go, be prepaired to wait, get on the list, and wait it out in The Pug - The bar just a couple doors down... good beers, divey kind of place, they have board games you can play and the locals are fun. all in all that is a good night out.