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Private event for 40 at excellent/trendy restaurant

I've got the privilege of planning my company's launch party at a swanky Washington, D.C. restaurant. I'm looking for a great private room (or restaurant buyout) for ~40 people. I've got a very large budget so basically everything is on the table, but I want it to have a combination of excellent food (Michelin star type place) and a hip vibe.

Any suggestions are welcomed! Really appreciate the help.

Cheers!

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  1. Rasika.
    Komi.

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

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

    1. SInce it seems llke you are from New York, I am curious at which place you would choose in Manhattan that has a Michelin star with a hip vibe where you can buy the place out. When is this for?

      Maybe this would help us in figuring out a suggestion for you.

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      1. re: Steve

        We did a similar event in NY at Del Posto! thanks very much for the help!!

        1. re: eastvillageater

          Ah, good to know. Not everyone's idea of hip is the same.

          Keeping with the Italian theme, Fiola might do the trick for you.

          The sky's the limit for what the chef is capable of.

          http://www.fioladc.com

      2. Wow! Wish I got to do something like this.

        I like the idea of holding this at Rasika (do they have a private room)...but keep in mind, not everyone loves Indian.

        Another option would be PS7. They have a private room (but it might not be big enough for your group). Instead I would rent out either their lounge and see if you can do open bar and lots of fun passed appetizers (their bar menu is amazing) or a seated event in the side room, which would work great.

        The Source would also be awesome---high end, swanky, celebrity chef, ammmmmazing food!

        Other places to consider: Bibianna, Cashion's Eat Place (rent out the whole restaurant), or Urbana.

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

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

        Cashion's Eat Place
        1819 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009

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        1. re: Elyssa

          I would add CoCo Sala to that - they have gallery space that you can rent out and their are very helpful when trying to plan an event.

        2. Komi is a good choice but very $$$$ for a buy out and not the best space. 2941 is a killer choice. The source might also be an option not sure though.

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

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          1. re: Bigcitywine

            I love Komi but for some reason I don't think it would really work for this type of meal. First off you really have no choices in the menu. Also it's many, many courses----I was there for 3+ hours. Just not sure if that works with 40 people.

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

          2. Check out Estadio. They don't have a room, so you'd have to do a buy-out, and I'm not sure if that is something they do, but I think it would probably fit the vibe you're looking for.

            I think the food is fantastic, and can accommodate all types (gourmands and picky eaters). I don't know if I'd call it Michelin star type place, but I honestly don't think DC has a lot of those Michelin star type places that also have a hip vibe or are considered 'swanky'.

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            1. re: hppyheather

              This is all really helpful! What are your thoughts on the vibe at:
              - city zen
              - adour
              - Ritz in Georgetown

              1. re: eastvillageater

                Honestly, the first word that comes to mind with respect to Adour and the Ritz are "stuffy" and "corporate" (the last words that comes to mind, for me at least, are "trendy" or "hip"). I haven't been in a while, so you may want to poll others, but last time I was at Adour I was totally unimpressed with the food and if you're looking for fantastic food, I think you have some better suggestions on this board. I have never even thought about dining at the Ritz -- it just isn't a dining destination (though it is a perfectly acceptable hotel bar, if that is what you're looking for).

                As far as City Zen, I've had mixed experiences. A few years ago, it was out of this world food and was very "hip". The last time I went, I did not have the same great experience. Others who have been recently should chime in.

                You may also want to look into Central and Zaytina -- again, not sure of their buy-out options, but could be good.

                1. re: hppyheather

                  Agree on this. The other recommendations are far more hip and worth your time to look in to.

                  You can rent out the Newseum with food by the Source. If I had unlimited funds, I'd definitely consider that a top choice. Or just the Source (though I would personally pick CoCo Sala for a sexy, hip event because I like their food/drink combo and they are helpful to deal with)

                  1. re: hppyheather

                    If you are interested in one of the high end hotel restaurants I would look instead at Bourbon Steak at the Georgetown Four Seasons. I haven't eaten at the 3 you listed but I have been inside Adour and the Ritz and I agree---it can come across as stuffy.

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                    Four Seasons Cafe
                    50 S Pickett St Ste 23, Alexandria, VA 22304

                  2. re: eastvillageater

                    Adour and Cityzen are gorgeous, impressive, and swanky. But who cares what I think? All of these places have photos on their websites and facebook pages. See for yourself.

                2. JBF winning Chef RJ Cooper's Rogue 24. They held the guilt city launch party there. Fantastic.
                  202.408.9724

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                  1. re: porkfried

                    Love the idea of rogue 24- what is their reputation in the DC community?

                    1. re: eastvillageater

                      That they are finicky and full of themselves! haha I actually haven't dined there but don't really plan to. It seems very expensive and they have gotten a bit of a bad reputation with their reservation form policy. Just seems like a bit of a needless show. I would rather go some place like Komi, the Source, or Bibianna that has amazing service and incredible food.

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

                      1. re: Elyssa

                        Plus it seems like they've lost a good number of their high level staff recently, from pastry chef to sommelier, etc.

                      2. re: eastvillageater

                        I ate there and enjoyed it, but they definitely have a reputation for being high maintenance (my friend made the reservation and did all the dealings with them, so I can't really speak to that personally). They will work with you to accomodate dietary restrictions -- my friend had a bunch, and the chef came by at the beginning of the meal to verify them. Someone had also called her earlier in the day to discuss. The chef stopped by our table several times, which was cool, and I'm sure you'll get lots of face time with him if you book a private party. It's in an edgy, somewhat off the beaten path location that may appeal to you. It's getting somewhat mixed reviews from critics:

                        http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/res...

                        http://www.washingtonian.com/restaura...

                        Komi definitely gets betters reviews, although I can't compare since I haven't been there since they switched from an a la carte to a tasting menu several years ago. Komi would definitely be a safe choice, but I enjoyed Rogue 24 and thought it was quite a unique trip.

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

                        1. re: dracisk

                          I would be surprised/interested to hear if Johnny Monis would do a buyout party for 40 at Komi. I think the restaurant won't take a reservation for more than 4 because he thinks the quality of the food suffers with too many dishes going out simultaneously.

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

                          1. re: Doh

                            True. I don't know if Rogue 24 would do a buy-out, either.

                            1. re: Doh

                              Komi offers up their entire restaurant with 60 days planning.

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

                      3. If you really want to blow it out, you can take them down to the Inn at Little Washington in Washington, VA (about 90 mins outside of DC).

                        http://www.theinnatlittlewashington.c...

                        It's not "hip" necessarily, but it's beautiful and it's out in the country so it would be a completely different vibe, and it certainly meets your Michelin star type place criteria.

                        Rent a bus or a couple of limos, hit a vineyard or two, then go to the Inn for dinner.....and take me as your tour guide!

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                        1. re: Bart Hound

                          The Inn at Little Washington is delicious and amazing but definitely not hip....

                          1. re: dracisk

                            We ate at Rogue 24 last weekend at it is amazing. The people whom have left didn't fit into the systems that Chef Cooper wanted.

                            As well we have heard that they only do buy out parties. They did a party for 10 people on a Monday evening 24 courses. Who grabbed that tab? Wow.

                          2. re: Bart Hound

                            No, it sounds like hip and trendy are more important than amazing food at a French country inn (which would be my first choice w/ an unlimited budget).

                            I'm thinking something along the lines of Coco Sala. I think 2941 is more modern and the food excellent, outside the city. I'm not sure what "hip" really means. Does it mean for young people? That's why I thought of Coco Sala. Looking at Del Posto, I think 2941 would fit. As would Volt, if he wanted to go out that far but impossible to get reservations at this point.

                            1. re: chowser

                              I understand why people are suggesting Coco Sala but I think the food there is just ok. I think the Source, City Zen, Rogue 24 are more likely to meet the OP's request although the discussion probably highlights that there isn't anything exactly on the nail.

                              1. re: Doh

                                Yeah, I only recommended it because it sounded like swanky, trendy and hip were important and that came to mind. I do think 2941 would be a good choice but is out of the city.

                          3. J&G Steakhouse at the W

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

                            1. A lot of good options above, I highly second Fiola, they have a nice private events area. Have you thought about Charlie Palmer? Really nice view and excellent food.

                              I also think Proof might be a good option. Although I would love someone to host my holiday party at the Source or CityZen!!! If Matthew Peterson came out to present deserts I would be so excited.

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                              CityZen Restaurant
                              1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024