Here's What We Like in Manhattan and in New Orleans. Please help us in DC
OK, so I am a very new fan of Chowhound, and a lifelong foodie !! Chowhound posters turned us on to Cochon in New Orleans and Lupa and Daniel Boulud's DBGB in Manhattan. I would recommend DBGB and Cochon to everyone.
At DBGB, my husband actually said "Find me a place like this in DC". Even though I have lived in Maryland suburbs all my life, I know nothing about DC's restaurants. DBGB sells itself as French bistro meets American tavern.
So, can you turn us on to some good restaurants in DC? Thanks.
Yeah, Central is definitely your DBGB match (not that I've been to DBGB, but it sounds exactly like Central, which I love).
I've not had any Italian in DC that comes close to Lupa (one of my all-time favorites), but you might try Bibiana. The atmosphere is somewhat stuffier than at Lupa, and the food a bit less exuberant, but you will still eat very very well there.
1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005
This is the softest of softball questions. Central is a French-meets-American bistro.
The faux gras, the mac and cheese, fried chicken, corned beef sandwich (lunch only), tuna burger, many can't fine items. Fish and chips, short ribs, lamb shank.
But get the faux gras for sure.
I am a huge fan of Cochon -- it's my favorite place in New Orleans and I go there whenever I visit. I've been about a dozen times and worked my way through just about the entire menu.
The one place that I have found in DC that comes close is Ripple, in Cleveland Park. They really know their way around a pig -- whether it is the down-home charcuterie, the bacon-scented pecans, or the use of cracklings in multiple dishes. They bring the country sensibility to the city. The same is true of their pickled vegetables, which evokes the cucumber salad at Cochon (a particular favorite of mine).
Ripple is in a charming space and the servers are enthusiastic and friendly. The beer and wine list impressive and favorably-priced. The pace is unhurried (some would say languid) you will not want to rush!
Are you coming in for a weekend or looking for good places to come into the city from MD from?
I would put Palena at the top of my list if I were you, the cafe or the more formal back room depending on the atmosphere you want. You seem to want casual so probably the cafe.
You might also like Againn in DC (not Rockville location which is very different). French Bistro meets American food is what Central is all about so that might be a consideration too. I also think New Heights and Corduroy and Proof should be on your list.
3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
New Heights Restaurant
2317 Calvert St. NW, Washington, DC 20008