Requesting recos for a celebratory dinner in D.C.
Husband and I traveling down from New York in a couple of weeks. We'll be taking daughter and son-in-law out for Sunday night dinner to celebrate SIL's recent promotion. Would like to make this special -- they have very young children so do not go out often.
Looking for great food, perhaps American, French, Mediteranean or Italian. Something new/fresh, rather than an old standby. Lively but not so noisy that we cannot carry on a conversation. Price [almost] no object.
Starting from Tenleytown/AU area, and would prefer not to travel very far. Babysitting time better spent on the meal than the drive.
Thanks for your help!
There's nothing in T-town or AmU. area worthy of a celebratory meal.
Better to spend the time traveling for a good meal than to save the travel time to spend on a mediocre meal.
Head down south a bit to Dupont Circle and hit up Seasonal Pantry (i.e. Supper Club) esp. if what you want is "something new/fresh". Have not been, but it's on my list for my next DC visit.
Best for celebration and conversation is near you is Palena - american and very high quality, approriate for formal thing but small and intimate
Also check out one of my absolute DC favorites that is close - Et Voila - will make you feel like you never left new york (seriously) belgian
Range is cool and extremely close
A little further away Zaytinya - mid east - jose andres style - was a bit loud but was there last night for a chefs tasting and all I can say is WOW
In Cleveland Park I would recommend Palena. If you want a more affordable, casual option you can make a reservation in the cafe. For a more formal occasion, make a reservation in the dining room. Either way you'll have a memorable meal cooked by a former White House chef.