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ok figure this one. My brother's 50th birthday. I had thought Bucks, Cashions, maybe Birch and Barley. He does not eat anything from the sea. Now he says maybe something with an asian flavor with perhaps a bit of heat. My sister in law does not like South Asian food. It should probably be downtown, but at least bus/taxi from downtown. I thought Zengo, but the mixed metaphor there does not work for me. (I find it too, well, something, but this is not about Zengo).

Anyone have any thoughts? Elyssa?

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Zengo Restaurant
781 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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

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  1. How about The Source? I've only had excellent meals there, and there's definitely an Asian slant to it. It's also a gorgeous space. And maybe drinks by the piano at 701 after?

    1. What is your price range? I agree with Katecm that the Source might be your best bet. I've only been there for lunch and happy hour but have reallly liked everything I've tasted (including beef/steak dishes). It's a nice place to celebrate (I'm even considering it for my big birthday coming up in October---and the Obama's dined there recently).

      If the Source is out of your price range perhaps Zentan. I've had a Korean-style steak dish there that was delicious. Probably a little something for everyone there and tasty cocktails as well.

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      1. re: Elyssa

        Mandu might work, too. Lots of meaty options with spice options, too. Fun cocktails made with soju, which are cheap at happy hour.

      2. What about doing a nice Korean BBQ like Han Gang? You could order the non-seafood items for the grill and I don't think Korea can be labeled at South Asia? It is a bit of a drive, but it is the big 50 why not? Spicy pork belly might be just the thing for your brother.