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Washington - trendy restaurants with an authentic atmosphere

Ini97 Sep 7, 2013 01:57 AM

Dear all,
may I ask you for your recommendations for a trendy restaurant in Washington, crowded and vivid with an authentic atmosphere - a perfect place to impress your friends

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    Steve RE: Ini97 Sep 7, 2013 03:58 AM

    I see from your other posts that you are from Frankfurt, Germany. So I am guessing you are looking for an authentic "American' restaurant?

    When will you be here? Are you traveling only to DC or are you going to other cities too?

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      Elyssa RE: Ini97 Sep 7, 2013 11:45 AM

      I would go to Mintwood Place, Le Diplomat, Graffiato or Jaleo. All are very popular with great food and atmosphere. I highly recommend getting a reservation though since as I said they are VERY popular

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        Worldwide Diner RE: Ini97 Sep 7, 2013 05:56 PM

        My friends are impressed with the food at Kapnos. Afterwards, there are plenty of places to drink. If you really want to impress, then Little Serow. No reservation, set menu, 7 courses for $45 per person of spicy northern Thai food. Even more impressive, then Maketto, reservation on Open Table under the name Hanoi House. 6 courses of southeast Asian delights, some similarity to Little Serow, for only $30 per peron. Maketto is a pop up at Hanoi House so depending on when you're visiting, it may not be around. These are the hottest restaurants in DC. If you want to blow big bucks for molecular gastronomy, then Rogue 24 for 24 courses.

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          Elyssa RE: Worldwide Diner Sep 8, 2013 12:17 PM

          Yes Kapnos is another great choice!

        2. ipsedixit RE: Ini97 Sep 7, 2013 06:07 PM

          Little Serow, Red Hen, or Unum.

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            The Big Crunch RE: Ini97 Sep 9, 2013 11:22 AM

            Graffiato was definitely crowded and loud. Portions seemed to be measured out by the thimbleful and the food was bland, but it sure was loud and crowded.

            I'll second Le Diplomate. Excellent food at a reasonable price (for the neighborhood) with stunning interior design. However, you'll likely need to book a month in advance for a group of any size whatsoever.

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