Special Occassion Dinner
I am going to be proposing to my girlfriend in December, and I want to make the entire day memorable, capped off by a wonderful dinner in DC. I am looking for a romantic Italian or Asian restaurant (preferably Thai, Chinese, Japanese, or fusion; no Korean of Vietnamese) in town that has a varied menu. My girlfriend loves both Italian and Asian cuisine but is not a very adventurous eater (a little picky). I'm looking to spend no more than $120 for two people, including possibly multiple courses, drinks, and dessert.
Would like Metro accessibility, especially walking distance from a Red Line station.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I was referred to Chowhound by a coworker who highly recommends the advice other site users provide.
First off---Congrats! How exciting!
My first recommendation would be The Source, which has unbelievable Asian fusion cuisine. That said, staying within a $120 price range for multiple courses plus drinks might be a stretch. You certainly can dine within that price range though downstairs in the bar/lounge area...but that might cut down on the romance. It's not that far from the Gallery Place metro stop.
Two places you might consider (by the same owner) is Sei (for a more sushi menu) or Oya (more Asian fusion). Both places are very modern and hip, but can work as a modern romance spot. The nice thing is both have a great 3-course dinner menu for about $35/person with lots of nice options. I've always have had good meals at both restaurants. Both are also near the Gallery Place metro stop.
Are you willing to consider something Metro accessible in Virginia? If so there are probably a couple of good Thai or other Asian restaurants that would work. (It would be Blue or Orange Line, not Red Line.)
Just after posting above I remembered: Rice! As in:
I liked it a lot, but I have to warn you that I haven't been there in about 5 years, so maybe it's not what it once was. But back then I really liked it. For my tastes, it was romantic in a simple way, nothing lavish or luxurious at all.
It would be helpful if someone who has been there recently can confirm that it's still good.
Does Indian qualify as Asian for you? If so, I recommend The Bombay Club (BC). I know Rasika is considered hipper, but if romance is a requirement, Bombay Club wins big time. There are plush banquets that offer relative privacy and you could arrange with the piano player to be playing a special song when you propose. The food is every bit as good as at Rasika. If you want the famous spinach appetizer, it's available at BC as a spinach-arugula version. Appetizer prices range from $8 -- $12 and main dishes largely fall in the low- to mid-$20 range. There are dishes which are as low as $18 and lamp chops top the list at $32.