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Will be at the CSI Museum and the Portrait Museum this friday, anything special around this area?

Not fussy eaters, willing to try any and all. Please not too expensive. this will be our first night in DC.
Also can anyone recommend the dc at night tour? Is it worth it?


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  1. The Portrait Gallery and The Crime & Punishment Museum are located in the Penn Quarter neighborhood.. There are LOTS of recs on the board for that area, just search for "Penn Quarter".

    1. Since you will be in what is generally considered the best neighborhood for restaurants in the city, you might reconsider not making it the night that you might spend a little extra. Proof and Zaytinya are both *right there.*

      Otherwise, no. I wouldn't say there is anything inexpensive *and* "special" in the neighborhood.

      1. Assuming this is all ladies... maybe Teaism. It could be described as special.

        Teaism Penn Quarter
        400 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

        1. Instead of the DC at night tour think about the free concerts most nights in the Grand Foyer of the Kennedy Center

          If you do the night tour pick one that let's you off the bus to see some of the monuments close up (Jefferson and Lincoln especially)

          Kennedy Center
          2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20256

          1. Zatinya or Oyamel. Menus are online to decide for yourself if they're too expensive. You would typically order 3 plates per person for a full dinner.



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            1. re: KeithW

              i second oyamel and Zaytinya. if you go to Oyamel-have the chilaquiles. also, the braised goat taco. if you go to Zaytinya, definitely have the baba ghannouge, htipiti, fried eggplant. the braised lamb shoulder is lovely. you don't have to order a ton at these restaurants, there is loads of variety, and the drinks are wonderful. definitely the best value in the Quarter. I eat at these places at least twice a week(i work in the area.) Both do a sweet happy hour.

              701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

            2. these all sound great! Any particular Night tour guides that you can recommend?

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              1. re: Artaine

                Yes. Happy hour. I'm not sure what your restrictions were when you said "please not too expensive," but the only times I've ever walked out of either Jaleo or Zaytinya (both of which I love) for less than $50/person was when I hit the lounges during happy hour. You're going to want to order at least three things, probably four, plus a drink of some kind and tax is 10%. Anyway, the lounges fill up fast - be there before 5pm. There are only three tables in the lounge at Jaleo. Zaytinya's is much larger.

                And I'd disagree just a bit about the highlights of the menu at Jaleo - the quail is awesome, and the seafood is great too, but they do great things with produce also. I like the beet salad. FYI, many of the things we have both listed are not on the happy hour menu, but it is still good.

              2. Also, in case you're interested, Red Velvet cupcake shop is located near the museum & is very good for a treat!

                1. Jaleo is one of my favorite places in DC. Spanish tapas. Go for the spinach with raisins, beet salad with citrus, cucumber stuffed with tomato and cheese, baby wrinkled potatoes, mushrooms with garlic, bacon and date fritters. The vegetable selections here are the highlight, and the least expensive items on the menu.