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Nov 9, 2013 06:54 AM

Iconic restaurant for a gift

I would like to get a DC friend a gift card for a restaurant and I know nothing of DC restaurants. Something that would be a 2* michelin-type place, say $100 ish for food. LIke a Gramercy Tavern, Marea, etc in NYC. Non-Europe influence a plus.

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  1. Are you looking for the $100 to cover the full meal? ($100 wouldn't really cover a full meal for 2 people at either of the restaurants you mentioned).

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    1. re: Elyssa

      Per person before tax, alcohol, etc. little higher ok too.

      1. re: Tubulus

        It might not cover the whole meal if they get wine, but it doesn't get anymore iconic DC than 1789. It's a beautiful, cozy dinning room and the food is delicious.

        For something more modern they can try The Source (it's right next to the Newseum so I guess that makes it iconic). The food, service and atmosphere are amazing for a high end meal.

        Finally, you might also look at J&G Steakhouse. We had a $250 gift certificate there a few years ago and that covered almost everything except maybe drinks. The room is beautiful---very DC elegant chic. And they can get a drink before or after on the roof (it's in the W) and get the best view in town. This is not your typical steak house---in fact some of the fish dishes are amazing (it IS Jean Georges after all).

        1. re: Elyssa

          dang Elyssa I was willing to bet serious money you'd say Rasika...

          but the roof of the W is VERY iconic. you're looking DOWN on the snipers posted.

          1. re: hill food

            I really love Rasika but I was thinking differently here---something that said "significant DC fancy-pants restaurant" (similar to Gramercy Tavern and Marea----which I LOVE!).

            1. re: Elyssa

              Thanks. Someone else had recommended Komi and Obelisk - I take it those are a bit more modern-y?

              1. re: Tubulus

                Yes definitely more modern. I should state The Source and J & G are certainly modern-style cooking as well but feel more DC.

                Komi is probably the top restaurant in the area and is delicious---but it doesn't scream DC. Obelisk also has a lot of fans...personally I was very disappointed by my meal there and thought the service could have been more helpful/attentive given the price.

    2. I took iconic to mean more than "highly regarded." I took it to mean something like long-established, known around the world and thought of as a culinary symbol of Washington. Like 21 or Le Circque; Gramercy Tavern is a more recent incarnation of that kind of thing though it is about to enter its 20th year. By that definition, none of those mentioned thus far fits the bill. But admittedly, I am struggling to think of a restaurant that does. Years ago, it might have been Le Lion D'or or Sans Souci. Maybe the Tabard Inn? 1789 has been around since 1960. The Inn at Little Washington, if your friends don't mind driving about 75 minutes, is certainly iconic and would be an incredible treat if they like that kind of dining experience. Similarly, if they don't mind driving, Volt up in Frederick.

      Where are your friends located? Do you know if they are the "won't step one foot outside the District" types or if they are likely to travel to good restaurants?

      1. 1789
        Blue Duck Tavern
        The Occidental
        The Monacle
        The Prime Rib

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        1. re: Pappy

          Yes Marcel's is another great rec!

        2. I would add CityZen to the list and Fiola.