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Power Lunch DC-Where To Take My Dad For A Power Lunch In DC-He Is From NY

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mch Apr 14, 2011 08:15 AM

so my boyfriend's dad is coming to town and wants to go to a real DC power lunch on Monday. he is 73 and from NYC. he gets around fast and likes to eat. he wants the real dc dining experience. any ideas on where they should go? this is his first visit since we moved here last year. it will be the bf and his dad.

for those of you that know NY he goes to the Harvard Club often.

Thanks so much!!

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    DCDOLL Jan 28, 2013 01:17 PM

    Oh yeah and i forgot if he wants to see "DC's famous" you might try The Monocle which is where lots of senators eat.

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      monkeyrotica Jan 28, 2013 01:39 PM

      That's pretty much the only reason to go to The Monocle. It's never been known for its food.

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        Terrie H. Jan 28, 2013 01:54 PM

        The OP's request was nearly 2 years ago, though I'm sure it will help for someone searching on the site for current information.

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        DCDOLL Jan 28, 2013 01:16 PM

        Any of the well known steak places would fit the bill.

        1. klsalas Apr 21, 2011 05:17 PM

          When I worked downtown I would enjoy lunch at Old Ebbitt from time to time. it's an oyster bar and grill. Real classic DC. It is right next to the Treasury Dept and is w/i a couple blocks of the White House, the Old Exec Office Building, Dept of Veterans Affairs HQ, The Federal Circuit, The Justice Dept and a few heavy hitting law firms like Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom and Miller and Chevalier (which I recall is in the same building). Oh yeah, and the Harvard Club of DC. http://www.harvard-dc.org/

          Here is the link to the Old Ebbitt:
          http://www.ebbitt.com/main/home.cfm?Section=Main&Category=About_the_Ebbitt

          Check this article out from Congress.org too ...
          http://www.congress.org/news/2010/05/26/dcs_top_five_political_restaurants

          Just a thought. Some of the big private clubs in DC have reciprocity with other clubs. For example the Cosmos Club has a dining room with lunch. It doesn't get much more exclusive than the Cosmos Club. https://www.cosmosclub.org/Default.as...

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            marcj Apr 18, 2011 06:55 PM

            I strongly second the recommendations of Charlie Palmer and Capital Grille, and would add Johnny's Half-Shell as well, in case your bf's dad (or your bf) would prefer seafood to steak.

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            Capital Grille
            601 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

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              dc_foodie_girl Apr 18, 2011 10:19 AM

              Some good suggestions here! I second The Palm and Charlie Palmers. I would add Old Ebbit - I've seen many politicos there at lunchtime (despite the occasional tourist).

              Bon appetit!

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                sarahji Apr 18, 2011 09:58 AM

                Suits get spotted at The Palm pretty frequently. Saw Donald Rumsfeld leaving there once a few months ago. It's in Dupont South, so it wouldn't be as exciting a neighborhood, though; your bf's dad might prefer Capitol Hill.

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                  dining with doc Apr 16, 2011 11:16 AM

                  the Palm, The Prime Rib, BLT steak, Bourbon Steak, Bistro Bis

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                  Bistro Bis
                  15 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

                  Prime Rib
                  2020 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006

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                    hppyheather Apr 14, 2011 12:00 PM

                    I think Charlie Palmer or Capital Grill. You (or your BF) should call ahead and talk to the host about the best table for your BF's dad. These are steakhouse power-lunch type of places, and the service is usually quite good.

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                      monkeyrotica Apr 16, 2011 04:50 PM

                      Second Capital Grill. Although a chain, the aged steaks are consistently good. If you're a government wonk, lots of Senator/Rep regulars.

                    2. ChristinaMason Apr 14, 2011 11:03 AM

                      Kushi is vastly expensive and delicious. Not much of a suits scene, though.

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                        dpan Apr 14, 2011 11:00 AM

                        Considering President Obama has twice brought his motorcade to Ray's Hellburger, once with Russian President Medvedev, I think it qualifies as a place for a DC power lunch.

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                          alkapal Apr 16, 2011 05:59 AM

                          nope, nothing to see here. move along. ;-).

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                          Jeserf Apr 14, 2011 10:53 AM

                          I would suggest Bibiana or J&G Steakhouse. If he is up for it, Cafe du Parc is also very "DC" right by the White House and in the Willard. Not sure Cafe du Parc is a "power lunch" but the location is very DC. J&G is right next to it at the W.

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

                          J&G Steakhouse
                          515 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

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                            Elyssa Apr 14, 2011 09:52 AM

                            I would go to Equinox. It's right next to the White House and a lot of "DC-types" go there for lunch. Plus the First Lady has stopped by a few times for lunches.

                            Other classic "power lunch" DC spots: Prime Rib, Tosca, Charlie Palmers, and Central.

                            I've had "famous" DC sightings at all of these places.

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                            Prime Rib
                            2020 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006

                            1. ktmoomau Apr 14, 2011 08:57 AM

                              I second Charlie Palmer.

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                                jenniferpdc Apr 14, 2011 08:32 AM

                                I'm not sure if it's the real DC dining experience, but if he's looking for a power lunch I suggest Charlie Palmers Steakhouse. View of the Capitol too from the right seats.

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