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1 night in DC looking for the best Restaurants in NoMa

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Me and my mom are coming into DC on Friday March 30 and are joining up with a tour bus of photography friends for a day of cherry blossims and U.S. National Arboretum. We are staying at the Courtyard in NoMa right rear the Metro. We will get in to Union Station at 8pm. If we hurry get the red line 1 stop,walk to our hotel check in and leave can we even make it anywhere for a late dinner somewhere that is very close, Is Todd Greys Watershed very good they are open till 10 pm an are right next door.

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  1. Watershed is great! If it's nice outside definitely sit out in their courtyard....it's a nice little city oasis.

    1. I just wanted to add a word of caution. If you are arriving at Union Station by Amtrak, prepare yourself mentally that your train might be late - very late. Have a Plan B and C.

      Bistro Bis is very near Union Station and is open till 10:30. Matchbox on 8th St. might be open later - call to find out.

      Plan C might be asking at the hotel who does delivery to that location late at night.

      Sorry to be a Debbie Downer, but I've been burned badly by Amtrak way too many times.

      1. what is "NoMa"?

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        1. re: alkapal

          NoMa is the area in DC north of Massachusetts Avenue Northeast.

          1. re: skipper

            this is so bogus. This ain't NYC!

          2. re: alkapal

            I didn't know either till I googled it! :-)

            1. re: woodleyparkhound

              They are renaming all of the old neighborhoods in NE for real estate and marketing purposes - sounds better then right behind Union Station. North Capital Hill, Atlas District coming soon Gallaudet Commons - Lol

              1. re: agarnett100

                Don't forget FloRhIde and SoWWat!

              2. re: woodleyparkhound

                I have never heard this term in 53 years of living here. Live and learn!!

                1. re: Terrie H.

                  That's because it's only been in existence for about 2 years.

                  1. re: Elyssa

                    Aha. That explains why I've never known D.C. without NoMa - haven't been here 2 years yet!

                    I'm in the real estate business, and we do use NoMa, but I've also seen it in plenty of business articles. There's a NoMa BID, too (Business Improvement District) so it's real. ;-)

              3. re: alkapal

                Gentrification sucks. Swampoodle sounds 100% better than making up a faux neighborhood name.

                To the OP sorry our personal pain has diverted us from your question.

                Given you timing issues you may want to put the Hamilton on your list as a possibility. Kitchen is open 24 hours. Unfortunately, I can't recommend it personally. However, many of my friends and colleagues have liked it.

                It is owned by a local restaurant group that does an OK job at their other stores for the most part - nothing that is going to light the world on fire - but decent straightforward food.

              4. Thanks for the reccomadations, sorry about the NoMa when I was using Google maps it was there in big letters as the neighborhood title so I assumed everyone knew about it. I do hope the train is not lat but if it looks like it will be that way I may just have to have dinner on the train, hope its decent but maybe their a great place for lunch at union station the next day as that is where the tour want to go and eat.

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                1. re: LEsherick2007

                  I've had better luck than woodleypark with the on-time of Amtrak so I hope you don't have to eat on the train. Drinking on the train is fine, though :))

                  I am happy that I learned something new from your question. You got us all to google! Enjoy your visit.