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Need a romantic, but young/hip and some vegetarian restaurant in DC for an anniversary dinner

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landsli Apr 6, 2011 06:00 AM

I need to find a restaurant for our kids to go to for their 2nd anniversary (while we watch the baby!) -- all the romantic restaurants I like are kind of stodgy -- need something good for folks young and earthy and cutting edgy and vegetarian (but it does not have to be totally veg, as long as the place will cater to a vegetarian).
Wish this was NYC at the moment.
Any ideas?

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    Elyssa RE: landsli Apr 6, 2011 06:31 AM

    Maybe try Bibiana. I go there with my boyfriend for "date night" quite often and hope that I fall into the category of "young and hip." Although I have to say, while the food is excellent and my friends in their late 20s-early 30s love it, it isn't the hippest place in the world. It's delicious though!

    Another place to consider is Rasika, which would be perfect, except for the fact that I'm not 100% sure it is "romantic." I went there with my bf for a special occasion....we loooved the food. The only problem was it was very, very loud. Not entirely conducive to whispering sweet nothings in to your partner's ear. But otherwise it is perfect for this occasion.

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

    Bibiana
    1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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      Jeserf RE: Elyssa Apr 6, 2011 06:39 AM

      I second both of these places, but would also add Dino. The vibe is bustling and there are lots of yummy veggie options on the menu these days. Bibiana is "sexier" (quieter, sleeker), Rasika is amazing. All three are places we love, as largely vegetarian diners. Rasika is very hard to get a reservation for, however, so the other two would be a good option.

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

      Bibiana
      1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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      odkaty RE: landsli Apr 6, 2011 07:32 AM

      CoCo Sala is a good date place too, and I've been happy with their vegetarian offerings.

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        artychoke10 RE: landsli Apr 6, 2011 05:35 PM

        We recently went to Birch and Barley and I think it would meet your qualifications quite well. While not exclusively vegetarian, I had the most amazing beet risotto and have been craving it ever since. That whole area is really fun. You might suggest they go to Bar Pilar afterwards for drinks.

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        Bar Pilar
        1833 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

        Birch and Barley
        1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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          idealist RE: artychoke10 Apr 18, 2011 09:47 AM

          I'm a vegetarian and my husband and I went to Bibiana for our anniversary. It was good Italian and it was quiet, though it was not very hip. You might have a tough time trying to find a place that is both "hip" and "quiet." A lot of the "hip" places are loud.

          We've also been to Birch and Barley. I think the brunch is better than the dinner, but I like the place overall.

          Several people have recommended Komi to me b/c they have a vegetarian tasting menu. You might not be able to get a reservation though.

          If they are up for an anniversary brunch, I highly recommend the Latin Dim Sum brunch at Cafe Atlantico. It's one of the best meals we've had in DC so far. It is great for vegetarians, and it is both hip and fun.

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          Cafe Atlantico
          405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

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

          Bibiana
          1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

          Birch and Barley
          1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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