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Jan 17, 2014 07:00 PM

High end dinner for 1 near downtown

Will be staying at Hilton Americas for business. I intend to search for great food within a 3 mile radius. It will likely be just me for Fri and Sat evenings. Must be able secure reservation for one or have dining space at bar. I'm coming from DC, where the food scene is decent but not overly exciting. Price not important. The more courses of elaborate and unique food the better (but I hate slow dragging tasting menus where you sit for 3 or 4 hrs.). For example, Uchi seems interesting to me. There's only one Japanese restaurant of that caliber in DC.

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  1. Uchi is great and would definitely meet your criteria--highly recommend it. Oxheart has counter seats, but you probably will not be able to get a reservation there (counter seats are also reserved) on short notice unless someone has cancelled at the last minute. Fair warning, for us the tasting menu (7 courses) was an almost 4 hour affair. But they have shorter 4 course menus, as well. The Pass would meet your criteria for elaborate/unique, I think, but I don't know how solo-friendly the dining room is (haven't been myself) or whether you could get a reservation. All are within 3 miles of the hotel.

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    1. re: mjust

      Them's top 3 on Alison Cook's top 100. I will pass on Oxheart because they don't accept reservation for 1 online and the length of dinner. Both The Pass and Uchi look fantastic. Question, Uchi a la carte or tasting menu?

      1. re: Worldwide Diner

        I don't think you can go wrong with either, though if it were me, I would probably go a la carte. The last time we were there, they also had the option for your server to design a tasting for you, which is sort of a middle ground--essentially, you tell them what you like/dislike, if there's anything in particular that you definitely want to try, and then they keep selecting/bringing out dishes until you don't want any more. It worked really well for us--we got to try a great variety, and you avoid the dragging on too long problem.

        1. re: Worldwide Diner

          Sorry to bring up such an old thread, but can't help but comment that in my experience if Ali (main sushi chef) if doing your meal chef's tasting menu, otherwise, a la carte, otherwise you'll be served a fairly generic set of courses that you could more easily personalize based on your own palette.

          Granted there are SO many wonderful items here. Some of my favorites are the walu walu and naso nigiri. You can get fresh wasabi too.

          1. re: dndicicco

            I actually just booked my reservation today. I'm not going until next month. Thanks for the heads up.

      2. Beyond your travel range, but worth the cabfare, is the tasting menu at Sorrel (2202 W, Alabama). You can sit comfortably alone, service is attentive without being obsequious, and everything is delicious. Cameras on "the line" transmit to large screens, so you can even watch the activity in the kitchen between courses.

        1. You might be well pleased with Artisan's which is very near downtown. Kata Robata if it isn't too far to drive.

          And then, there's always this:

          1. Any Italian joint that does sea urchin pasta?

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              1. re: James Cristinian

                Thanks. I'm gonna try to get there for lunch.

            1. Vic and Anthony's is nearby if you're in the mood for a great steakhouse..

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              1. re: bornie

                I was at V&A's recently and the steak was excellent as were the sides. But the $12 salad was a pathetic and sad little "classic wedge" that wasn't classic at all. I'd avoid the salads.