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Oct 12, 2011 09:56 AM

Birthday brainstorming

Hey all,
The significant other and I share the same birthday, which means we have a nice celebratory meal together, and it's about a month away. Last year, we did the tasting menu at PS7's, with the cocktail pairing, which was incredible - delicious, fun, and at the bar (which I generally prefer to a stuffy table in a quiet dining room). I'd like to come up with something similar - without the same sort of price tag as Komi or Rogue 24. Some options include the 20 bites at Poste or Graffiato's tasting, with drink pairing. Do people have other similar ideas?
There are some really great options now that AREN'T $300 a person, which is awesome - but it can also be hard to choose. Thanks!

PS7 Restaurant
777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

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

707 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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  1. I really liked Graffiato and their testing menu looked great when I was there a month or so ago. If you can get a reservation, that could be a fun place to celebrate your birthday. Request a table upstairs though---this place is LOUD!

    When are you looking to dine? Poste just got a new chef so I would give him a few weeks to get better acquainted with the menu/restaurant.

    Another option would be the tasting menu at Rasika.I love that restaurant and it's fun and energetic for a birthday celebration.

    707 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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    1. re: Elyssa

      It would be mid-November, so maybe cutting things close for Poste? And I love Rasika, but have done that tasting menu...though there's so much on the menu, I could pretty much create one on my own.

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

    2. What about the bar deal at CityZen or the upstairs bar at Corduroy? Not a multi-course tasting menu, but...

      I also love Fiola and have had a couple great meals there, they were very nice and could care less that Hubby and I were handing plates back and forth so we could both try a dish. You could also arrange a multicourse menu at Bibiana. What about Eola?

      CityZen Restaurant
      1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

      1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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      1. re: ktmoomau

        I just looked up Eola and tonight's menu looks incredible. I never find my way to that part of town anymore, but that might be tops on my list for now.

      2. I recently sent a coworker to Birch and Barley for his wife's birthday dinner and they were both VERY happy with the tasting menu. I have been twice now and officially love it there - the service both times has been excellent. It's a little loud, but it wasn't unbearable. It's very seasonal and definitely has some of the best desserts in the city.

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

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        1. re: Jeserf

          Oh, Jeserf, you may be in the lead now. We're big beer fans, so the beer pairing would be freaking fantastic.

          1. re: katecm

            my coworker's wife isn't a huge beer fan, but they both did the beer pairing and his wife was very happy.
            For an anniversary you can even run upstairs to Churchkey, too, and snuggle up with a beer.

            But do get dessert. Even if you do the tasting, order the plate of confections to share after. It is INSANE to a degree I can't even mention right now because I'll want it.