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mrsabh2 Feb 6, 2011 03:00 PM

My friend and I are going to be in DC for a girl's weekend away from the husband/kids in March and we need a fun place to eat where we can get dressed up. By dressed up I mean little black dress or slacks and a great top. Price really isn't an issue but I would like to keep it under $50/person for the entrée. I would also like a great wine list even though I'm the only one over 21 :) As for a location, as long as it isn't too far from a metro station and easy to find, we will be good. We are pretty open on the cuisine, too. Thanks for your help!!

  1. ktmoomau Feb 7, 2011 10:49 AM

    If just your entree is under $50 pp shoot I would go to Palena either the back room or cafe. The cafe can be casual or dressy, but this weekend I saw a lot of both. The back room is def dressier though. Food is just amazing.

    Or go to Marcel's, that would be perfect too, very jewel box on the inside and good souffles.

    I would second the Source. New Heights or Corduroy are other options. 701 might be another option, the remodeled dining room is beautiful. I mean if you are going to hit the town, why not hit the town right?

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    Palena
    3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

    New Heights Restaurant
    2317 Calvert St. NW, Washington, DC 20008

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      spinachandchocolate Feb 9, 2011 06:07 PM

      I don't really consider Palena, New Heights and Corduroy as girls' dinner/away from husband/kids dinner. While the food is good, it's more of a couple vibe and not "fun."

      Proof is a good choice but I think Zaytinya is a more fun option and even Jaleo or Zengo. Another option would be Masa 14. Mie N Yu is also a fun girls' night. I'm sure people on this board will diss it because it's the cool thing to do, but the decor and vibe of that place is great and food is tasty.

      I have not found Zola's food to be anything special; however, I do enjoy grabbing a quick lunch at Zola Food & Wine some days.

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      Palena
      3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

      Mie N Yu
      3125 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007

      New Heights Restaurant
      2317 Calvert St. NW, Washington, DC 20008

      Zaytinya
      701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

      Zengo Restaurant
      781 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

      Masa 14
      1825 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

      1. re: spinachandchocolate
        ktmoomau Feb 11, 2011 04:34 PM

        I don't find them coupley at all, especially the gin joint, but to each their own.

        I would not wear a little black dress to Zengo or Mie N Yu or even Masa 14, unless it was very modern. Zaytinya I would it is a little more clubby at night at the bar and is a little better dressed crowd.

        But girls nights I tend to like to go to a nice place with good food that I can spend a lot of time talking to my girls. Not necessarily sceney, but a fun place to hang out and talk. So I guess it depends on what you like to do on your girls night.

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        Mie N Yu
        3125 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007

        Zaytinya
        701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

        Zengo Restaurant
        781 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

        Masa 14
        1825 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

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          spinachandchocolate Feb 12, 2011 09:01 AM

          I think she meant little black dress to be nice and hip/fun. I take it their from out of town? I would never wear a little black dress to any eating establishment but to each their own. Girls nights are all about a fun atmosphere.

          While I don't really love the food, Urbana might be another good option for the group. I do really like the lounge and the atmosphere is nice.

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            Raids Feb 15, 2011 11:41 AM

            Well, I wrote a little black dress to Proof. Felt totally appropriate. I actually was dressed up last time I was at Zengo also, but we were going somewhere else afterwards. But I didn't feel overdressed, really. At Zaytinya, I think I would, but it's hard to say since I was there last on a Sunday. Mie N Yu....I went over a year ago, had terrible food, and never went back. It also was not busy. Not my idea of a fun place.

            So, the long and short of it is, I'd go to Proof. To the OP - all wines by the glass are available in tasting pours - create your own pairings! I love Proof. It is definitely where I would take my girl friends for a night on the town if everyone was willing to commit $50 or less, exclusive of drinks.

            It's a little farther from the metro (U St?), but Estadio is from the same owners - I'd go there on the 14th St corridor before I'd go to Masa 14.

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              hamster Feb 15, 2011 12:00 PM

              Agree on two counts! I prefer Estadio to Masa 14, and also the food at Mie n Yu is horrible. I was taken out to a company dinner there last spring, so I got to try a bunch of items. I was appalled by the food, so low quality and careless, and at those prices! - and the bizzaro furniture on the top floor, but that's another matter.

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              Masa 14
              1825 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

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                Raids Feb 15, 2011 12:12 PM

                We sat on the bizarro table on the landing? I felt like a cage dancer in Vegas. LOL. We were there on a $250 gift certificate from my friends parents and so spared no expense with our ordering and it was still not really memorable or fun. Thankfully I hadn't been too many places here yet, so I didn't think it was all that bad at the time.

                Also, I would be So. Pissed. to be at Estadio and not be able to have the slushies. Do they even make non-alcholic versions? But then I'd have the duck and get over it. Anyway, the OP could read Bourdain's chapter from A Cook's Tour where he's in Spain and gets dragged along for ladies night out for inspiration. :-)

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                spinachandchocolate Feb 21, 2011 09:12 AM

                I've had three pretty so-so experiences at Estadio, rather go to Proof. Plus I hate the glasses they put their wine in.

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                  Raids Feb 21, 2011 09:46 AM

                  Oh yes. I agree with you about that. Juice glasses.

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        Elyssa Feb 7, 2011 10:27 AM

        A place where you can get dressed up and enjoy good wine and food while not skimping on atmosphere seems to be Proof. I personally like ordering a bunch of small plates from there since I find their appetizers and cheeses to be the best. You can also try different wines by the flight.

        Another place to consider would be Zola.

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          Jeserf Feb 7, 2011 03:42 AM

          When I think "girls weekend/brunch/drinks" I ALWAYS think of CoCo Sala. Check it out - great cocktails (can't speak to the wine specifically) and a fun place.

          Nearby with a good wine list is Proof

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            katecm Feb 7, 2011 09:32 AM

            Those are good, though I don't LOVE CoCo Sala for food. Maybe worth a trip for sweets and cocktails though. I'd also add Central and The Source - excellent food with very different vibes. The Source is a bit darker, but both are bustling and lively.

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              Jeserf Feb 7, 2011 10:44 AM

              While I've never been for dinner, I think they have one of the best brunches in town - can't imagine dinner would be that bad, but I'm not an expert!

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              elledeepea Feb 15, 2011 04:44 AM

              CoCo Sala, for sure. Very fun, sexy and chock-full-of...chocolate!

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