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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.