Pre-Kennedy Center show dining
My husband and I will be meeting my brother and his family for dinner before a show at the Kennedy Center. I'm looking for something inexpensive to moderately priced that my nephews (ages nine and 16) will also enjoy. The boys are good eaters who love ethnic food. All suggestions appreciated!
There are not a ton of ethnic options in that area. I assume you want to be near the theater. I would go to Firefly or Circa.
Rasika West End is not far from the theater, is ethnic and delicious but I don't know if I would place it in the inexpensive or moderate price range.
For something inexpensive and very casual check out Roti (also would fulfill the ethnic qualification). It is counter service, so very casual. But I love their food.
How are you getting from dinner to the Kennedy Center? What day of the week are you going? I ask because on a typical Saturday there is not much traffic and traveling by car I have gone to dinner before the Kennedy Center in Foggy Bottom, Penn Quarter, Metro Center, Woodley Park, Pallisades, and Arlington with no problem. So depending on your transportation situation you might have many options.
If you are as far east as 7th St NW, consider Oyamel. If you're not already that far east, getting to the Kennedy Center from there by car on a Friday night could be a challenge.
Closer to the Kennedy Center, for your price range I would recommend District Commons (can be more or less pricey depending on what you order) or Chalin's for Chinese. If you go to Chalin's be sure to look at the "Authentic Chinese" menu if they don't give it to you automatically.