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Requesting recos for a celebratory dinner in D.C.

Elizabeth E. May 28, 2013 07:38 AM

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!

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    mselectra Jun 1, 2013 06:49 AM

    You might search the board for restaurants in the Cleveland Park area.

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      Marty L. Jun 1, 2013 08:02 AM

      Range (closest to where you'll be)
      Little Serow
      Mintwood Cafe
      Ishikaya Seki (at the bar)
      Le Diplomate
      redesigned and rejuvenated Jaleo
      Fiola, but prices have skyrocketed there recently

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      1. re: Marty L.
        Steve Jun 1, 2013 01:14 PM

        Range is great if you can get seated in the back room. The main part of the restaurant is very loud.

        Their source for lamb is fantastic, so that's a good place to start when looking at the menu.

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          Doh Jun 1, 2013 07:25 PM

          I think Range and Mintwood Cafe are good suggestions (but Little Serow not so much).

          I'd add Ripple.

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            marcaustin Jun 2, 2013 09:20 AM

            range is good

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          khancher Jun 1, 2013 12:40 PM

          I'm a big fan of Cava Mezze myself.

          1. ipsedixit Jun 1, 2013 07:03 PM

            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.

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              marcaustin Jun 2, 2013 09:19 AM

              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

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                Elyssa Jun 2, 2013 12:15 PM

                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.

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