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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!!

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  1. 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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    1. re: Jeserf

      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.

      1. re: katecm

        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!

      2. re: Jeserf

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

      3. 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.

        1. 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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          1. re: ktmoomau

            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

              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

              1. re: ktmoomau

                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.

                1. re: spinachandchocolate

                  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.

                  1. re: Raids

                    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

                    1. re: hamster

                      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. :-)

                    2. re: Raids

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

                      1. re: spinachandchocolate

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