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minettegirl Feb 10, 2011 08:13 AM

We'll be in DC early April, and are looking for a great restaurant for two couples (friends and business associates). We've been to both of Michel Richard's places and had great experiences at both, though obviously very different atmospheres. I've been reading about a few places I'd love some input on, plus I'd appreciate Chowhounds' other ideas for places with great food and a great wine list. Places on the current short list: Corduroy, The Oval Room, and CityZen. It's on an expense account, so $ isn't the issue; food, wine and atmosphere are. Thanks!

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    Raids Feb 10, 2011 08:32 AM

    If it were me, I'd go to Komi.

    Funny, I was just reading Tom Seitsema's chat, and he mentioned that the only restaurants in the area that the Post has given 4 stars to are CityZen, the Inn at Little Washington, Komi, Citronelle, Rasika, and the Tasting Room at Resaurant Eve.

    He mentioned Minibar right after, so I feel like that's one close, and indicated also that maybe CityZen wasn't as deserving of their four stars these days also. Good luck with the reservation - it's like trying to get into the French Laundry.

    If you haven't been to Rasika, I'd consider that also. They have a very interesting wine list and I don't think you could get the same experience anywhere else. The food is outstanding. The atmosphere is, however, boisterous.

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      katecm Feb 10, 2011 09:17 AM

      I really like the Corduroy idea. Exceptional food, and a very quiet atmosphere, so good for business. If you go, order a soup. He's a genius with soups.

      1. hcbk0702 Feb 10, 2011 01:21 PM

        Komi, easily. Everything else in the District is a clear step or two behind.

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

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          minettegirl Feb 10, 2011 04:06 PM

          Thanks to all for the recommendations. We look forward to some great wining and dining.

        2. Indirect Heat Feb 10, 2011 04:11 PM

          Restaurant Eve is one of my faves, some fabulous wines, excellent pairings, top notch food. Be sure to arrive a bit early and have a cocktail in the bar - their bartender/sommelier (Todd Thrasher) makes a hell of a cocktail.

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          Restaurant Eve
          110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

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            marcj Feb 10, 2011 05:13 PM

            Another vote for Komi--definitely my favorite place in the city.

            I like CityZen and Rasika a lot, too, although CZ can be a bit uneven: if you go there, I suggest you try the tasting menu (which is sublime), rather than the a la carte (in my experience, excellent, but somehow lacking inspiration). And if you go to Rasika, you absolutely must try the palak chaat, it's a show-stopper. You may also want to consider Palena--the WaPo re-reviewed it today (it was recently expanded), and (appropriately enough), it's quite a valentine: http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/res...

            I haven't been to Corduroy, although I've heard only good things. I've had two very good lunches at Oval Room, but was not blown away either time.

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            CityZen Restaurant
            1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

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

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              ktmoomau Feb 11, 2011 04:25 PM

              I really like Marcel's but don't know how great it would be for business dinners, it is a rather intimate space. Palena is quite lovely, as well, we went there last weekend and had a stellar meal.

              I second or whatever, Corduroy.

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              Palena
              3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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                marcj Feb 11, 2011 06:15 PM

                Agree, as good as Marcel's is, it's not really a business-dinner kind of place, unless your business is romance.

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              dinwiddie Feb 14, 2011 05:01 PM

              Komi can be difficult to get a reservation for. I'd suggest Palena as a good choice. Great food and service, but just recently got a fantastic review in the Post, so again, may be difficult.

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              Palena
              3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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

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                Raids Feb 15, 2011 04:04 AM

                True - I did not realize they took reservations for the dining room/tasting menu. I noticed that in the Washingtonian's survey of local chefs, they picked Palena as the best restaurant in the city instead of Komi as well. I think I'm going to try out the cafe this weekend. Saw that review too - it read like he just held back that last half star in order to give it to them sometime in the future when they settle into the expanded space a little more.

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